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Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and the Arts

Grades: 9-12
3000 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx NY
Phone: 718-430-6390

Our Insights

What’s Special

Chance to study art, dance, music and theater

The Downside

Many graduates must take remedial classes in college

Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and the Arts, housed on the Herbert H. Lehman High School campus, offers classes in the performing and visual arts along with a regular academic program. No audition is required for admission.

Incoming students choose from one of four disciplines to concentrate in, including visual arts, vocals, instrumental music and theater. Students may also participate in additional arts clubs in musical theater, dance and drama.

Longtime principal Maria Herrera gets high marks from teachers, based on their responses to the annual NYC School Survey. Herrera, principal since 2008, was a Cahn Fellow at Teachers College, a program that recognizes strong leadership. She came to the United States from Chile at the age of 15 and has a particular interest in helping English Language Learners and others who may have trouble in school.

Many students arrive with weak academic skills, and while the school helps them catch up in performance, most still need to take remedial courses once they get to college. Some Renaissance students do well enough to take Advanced Placement courses and College Now classes at Lehman College.

Renaissance occupies a wing of the huge Lehman High School complex, and while the facilities are modest, students do enjoy some of the benefits of a big school experience. They may participate in any of the campus-wide athletic teams and during the school day have access to the cafeteria, auditorium, three gymnasiums, library, athletic fields and an onsite health clinic run by Montefiore Hospital.

The Young Women’s Leadership Network's College Bound Initiative funds a robust college support program, which includes guidance for students and families and trips to college campuses.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to Bronx students. Admission is based on the educational option formula, which aims for a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, December 2018)


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

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and the Arts
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Our arts program is open to all students of any skill level who have an interest in exploring the arts further. Students are exposed to a variety of art forms through daily coursework and learning experiences outside the classroom and school. There are vast opportunities to showcase their work during school performances.

Renaissance High School for Musical Theater D75 Inclusion Program
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP World History: Modern, AP English Language and Composition, AP U.S. Government and Politics


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Stunt

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

Contact & Location


Unionport (District 8)
Trains: 6 Line to Westchester Square-East Tremont Ave
Buses: Bx21, Bx24, Bx31, Bx4, Bx40, Bx42, Bx4A, Bx8


Maria Herrera
Parent Coordinator
Libia Fernandez Place

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Herbert H. Lehman Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?

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