Talent Unlimited High School

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick
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Location

317 East 67 Street
Manhattan NY 10065
Upper East Side (District 2)
Trains: 4, 5, N, R, W to Lexington Ave-59 St; 6 to 68th St-Hunter College; F, Q to Lexington Ave-63 St
Buses: M1, M101, M102, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M31, M4, M57, M66, M72, M98, Q101, Q32, Q60

Contact

Phone
212-737-1530
Principal
Yeou Jey Vasconcelos
Parent Coordinator
Leonor Sanchez

What’s Special

Strong performing arts program

The Downside

Communication is a work-in-progress

Our Review

Talent Unlimited combines a strong performing arts program with engaging academics, preparing students either to go to a liberal arts college or on to conservatory training in musical theater, voice, instrumental music, drama or dance.

Housed in a wing of the Julia Richman Educational Complex on the Upper East Side, Talent Unlimited has its own entrance. It shares facilities such as a library and cafeteria with other schools in the building. The corridors could use some fresh paint and brighter lighting, but the classrooms are sunny.

Music classes are on the same floor as math classes; dance is on the same floor as science, and drama is on the same floor as English and social studies. This arrangement encourages teachers to integrate academics and art and to take advantage of students' artistic talents to make academics more accessible.

Students read Shakespeare in English classand act out scenes in drama. A math teacher gives a lesson on wavelengths, and the musicians learn about intervals and frequency. A science teacher makes a connection between radioactive decay and the rhythms that dancers understand. Students taking an introduction to engineering make props and sets for a school play.

While seniors at many New York City schools have a very light course load, Talent Unlimited encourages students to take four years of math and four years of science and about one-third of them do. The school offers a few Advanced Placement courses.

Principal Yeou Jey Vasconcelos joined the staff in 2016, replacing retiring principal Linda Hamil. Vasconcelos is a strong communicator who sends bi-monthly emails and letters home, according to parent-teacher association secretary, Lois Vigilante. In recent years, communication and strong family-community ties have gotten lower marks on otherwise strong school surveys.

Vasconcelos is a pianist who previously organized the music department at Eleanor Roosevelt and taught all instruments there. She studied science before moving into the performing arts and education. Vigilante said the principal "has a strong personality, is organized, addresses problems, looks for solutions." (There were no school surveys on her leadership from teachers and students at the time of this posting.)

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: A few students have won POSSE scholarships to the University of Southern California and Wheaton College in Massachusetts. One dance student was admitted to Juilliard.

ADMISSIONS: Students may audition in dance, drama, voice, instrumental or musical theater. Applicants should score level 2-4 on standardized exams and have an 80 average or above in academic classes. There are weekly tours from September to December. (Clara Hemphill, 2012: updated by phone, Lydie Raschka, 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
495
Asian
4.0%
Black
32.9%
Hispanic
40.8%
White
15.8%
Other
6.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
48%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
0%
Male
19%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Julia Richman Educational Campus with four other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
84%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
20%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
67%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
31%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
59%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
7.9
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
78%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
91%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
94%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 7 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, and Theater
This school has 8 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Theater, and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
67%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
51%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
80%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
97%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
21%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
0%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
59%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
85%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
89%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
85%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
85%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
79%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
82%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Musical Theatre
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Students are transformed into “triple threat” performers who learn to sing, dance and act in a variety of venues; emphasis on vocal technique, scene study, movement, ensemble and solo performance.

Vocal Music
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Students study music theory, vocal technique, and music history; opportunity to perform in a variety of vocal ensembles.

Dance
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Students study modern and ballet technique, choreography, repertory, pointe, pilates, anatomy and dance history; comprehensive program that includes junior and senior internships and performances at all grade levels.

Drama
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Students study movement for actors, voice and speech, theatre history, scene and monologue study, communication skills, stage production and performance repertory; opportunity to perform in a variety of venues.

Instrumental Music
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Students study music theory and history and have the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles, including concert band, string ensemble, jazz band and orchestra.

Academics

Language Courses

Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

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