Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts

Grades 9-12
Noteworthy

What’s Special

Intensive focus on theater

The Downside

Facility keeps enrollment very small

Our Review

Located above the famed Town Hall in Manhattans theater district, Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts is a small school that seeks to inspire its students through the theater.

Unlike some schools that pay only glancing notice to their themes, the concentration on theater at Repertory runs deep. Students take an array of courses focusing on what happens on stage and behind the scenes. The school offers classes in writing, production and movement, as well as four years of music and four years of dance (which takes the place of physical education). The school has a space for theatrical productions and a dance studio--but no gym.

Repertory stages about nine productions throughout the year, including a school-wide drama and school-wide musical. For their exit project, all students create a theater piece that is then performed. The school has partnerships with arts organizations, such as Roundabout Theater Co., Manhattan School of Music, the New York City Opera and City Center. Students have competed in the August Wilson monologue contest, with some going on to the national finals.

Arts are the "carrot" to engage students in their academic subjects, school officials say. The school has good attendance and a high graduation rate, but has not had a top academic reputation in the past. Manuel Urea, who became principal in 2013, says he has focused on changing that. We try to offer the best performing-arts program in New York City, but we're all about college readiness," Urea says.

Repertory now has an honors program and gives some Advanced Placement classes. It requires that students do a research project every year. While academic selections are limited, it does offer chemistry and AP calculus, he said.

Because of Repertory's small size, teachers say they know every student and also develop connections with many of their families. In a video on the schools website, students spoke of the strong ties they had made at the school. To strengthen those connections, all students are assigned to a so-called Critical Friends Group that they stay with for their four years in the school.

Urea and an assistant principal both spoke of the enthusiasm of the students who stay at the school until 5 p.m. and beyond. We saw that enthusiasm in a dance teacher who took up teaching at Repertory after a career in musical theater, and, at a school fair, spoke animatedly about Repertory, its students and passion for the stage.

Because of its small size, Repertory does not have a dedicated college counselor. Many graduates go onto four-year college, including arts programs, staff members said.

Special education: Repertory has relatively few students with disabilities but says it will make accommodations to meet the needs of any who do enroll.

Admissions: Applicants must audition in the three performance fields: acting, music and dance. The school also considers test scores and a child's middle school record. "We're looking for potential and the desire of the child to pursue a rigorous program," Urea says. (Gail Robinson, September 2013, from interviews and online material)

About the students

Enrollment
246
Asian
2.0%
Black
34.2%
Hispanic
52.4%
White
8.1%
Other
3.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
68%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
1%
Male
17%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
106%
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?
23%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
37%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
54%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
36%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.4
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
58%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
73%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
74%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
43%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
47%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
72%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Dance and Theater
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
66%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
38%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
78%
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?
98%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
12%
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?
18%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
91%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
84%
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?
80%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
77%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
77%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
100%
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Theatre Arts
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Comprehensive study of theatre arts (acting, music and dance, as well as production and stagecraft)

Academics

Language Courses

Chinese (Cantonese), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Music Theory, AP US History

Sports

Girls PSAL teams

Indoor Track

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Location

123 West 43 Street
Manhattan NY 10036
Midtown (District 2)
Trains: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W, S to Times Square-42nd St; 4, 5, 6 to Grand Central-42nd St; 7, B, D, F, M to 42nd St-Bryant Park
Buses: M1, M104, M11, M2, M20, M3, M34A-SBS, M34-SBS, M4, M42, M5, M55, M50, M7, Q32

Contact

Phone
212-382-1875
Principal
Michael Fram
Parent Coordinator
Deborah Nevarez