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Talent Unlimited High School

Grades: 9-12
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317 EAST 67TH STREET
MANHATTAN NY
Phone: 212-737-1530
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong performing arts program

The Downside

Communication is a work-in-progress

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)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
35%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
77%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.7

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
98%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
87%
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
77%
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
84%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
518
Asian
3%
Black
29%
Hispanic
43%
White
12%
Other
12%
Free or reduced priced lunch
56%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
1%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
27%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
92%
64% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2019 High School Directory

Musical Theater
Admissions Method: Audition
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: Average (77-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.1-4.5), Math (1.8-4.5)
  • Audition - Go to https://www.myschools.nyc/en/help/high-school/audition-dates/ for information and dates
  • Audition with common components
Program Description:

A four-year rigorous curriculum prepares students for college and career. Students take acting, vocal, and musical theater dance classes with specific focus on tuning their physical instruments in preparation for full productions as upperclassmen. Students study musical theatre history, ensemble-building, improvisation, and acting through song. In addition, the senior year includes specialized units in college audition readiness, industry exposure, and theater as a business.

Vocal Music: Classical and Contemporary
Admissions Method: Audition
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: Average (69-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.2-4.5), Math (1.7-4.5)
  • Audition - Go to https://www.myschools.nyc/en/help/high-school/audition-dates/ for information and dates
  • Audition with common components
Program Description:

A four-year rigorous curriculum prepares students for college and career. Students take daily solo voice and ensemble classes, studying repertoire in English, Italian, French, and German. Students perform on the main stage all four years, including a fully staged opera in 12th grade. Students study piano, musicianship/theory, and phonetics. Students may complete internships with cultural organizations, perform in events including NYSSMA adjudication, and graduate with an arts-endorsed diploma.

Dance: Ballet and Modern
Admissions Method: Audition
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: Average (72-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.6-4.5), Math (1.9-4.5)
  • Audition - Go to https://www.myschools.nyc/en/help/high-school/audition-dates/ for information and dates
  • Audition with common components
Program Description:

A four-year rigorous curriculum prepares students for college and career. Students take daily ballet, modern, improvisation, dance composition, pointe, and repertory. Dancers perform on the main stage all four years. Students study dance history, anatomy, injury prevention, body conditioning and yoga, and workshops with professional companies, including Martha Graham in 11th and 12th grades. Students complete internships with cultural organizations and graduate with an arts-endorsed diploma.

Drama
Admissions Method: Audition
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: Average (72-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.2-4.5), Math (1.6-4.5)
  • Audition with common components
Program Description:

A four-year rigorous curriculum prepares students for college and career. Students take daily drama and movement classes on acting techniques and tuning their physical instruments in preparation for full productions in 11th and 12th grades. Students study theater history, voice and speech, improvisation, and digital filmmaking. Students complete internships with cultural organizations, compete yearly in the National Shakespeare Competition, and graduate with both a CTE and arts endorsement.

Instrumental Music
Admissions Method: Audition
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: Average (69-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.0-4.5), Math (1.9-4.5)
  • Audition - Go to https://www.myschools.nyc/en/help/high-school/audition-dates/ for information and dates
  • Audition with common components
Program Description:

A four-year rigorous curriculum prepares students for college and career. Students rehearse daily in large ensembles and have diverse performance opportunities throughout all four years. Students study music theory, history, and piano in 9th and 10th grades, and study solo repertory and chamber music in 11th and 12th grades. Students may complete internships with cultural organizations, perform in special events including NYSSMA adjudications, and graduate with an arts endorsement diploma.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Music Theory, AP United States History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Upper East Side (District 2)
Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line, N Line, R Line, W Line to 59th St-Lexington Ave; 6 Line to 68th St-Hunter College; Q Line to 72nd St; F Line to Lexington Ave
Buses: BxM1, BxM10, BxM11, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M31, M4, M57, M66, M72, M98, Q101, Q32, Q60, QM2, QM20, QM3

Contact

Principal
Yeou Jey Vasconcelos
Parent Coordinator
LEONOR SANCHEZ

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Julia Richman Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?
No

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