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Talent Unlimited High School

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Posted October 24, 2013

This is a wonderful school, my son in a Jr. and he is a musical theatre. Not only do the focus on the arts but the academics as well. I am very happy with our choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This school is a great school , they give a great amount of experience in the arts working with proffesional teachers from the broadway, dance, vocal, drama, and instrumental world. Academically this school offers ap classes , advance regents diploma , and college credits With no hesitation .
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2013

This is a wonderful school and we are very pleased to have chosen it and for my daughter, now a sophomore, to have been accepted here. The academics are challenging but not overwhelming and I feel my daughter is being well prepared for college. She loves her performing arts teachers and is getting an extremely valuable arts education. I could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

TUHS continues to be a wonderful and fulfilling experience for our daughter who is now a sophomore. The teachers are superb. The administration incredibly committed to the academic and artistic success of the students. The students are not only intellectually alert and artistically creative, they also project a rare and welcoming sense of inclusion within the student body at large. We feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of it all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

T.U is an amazing school where everybody knows each other and the teachers do their best job to educate their students. The only downside of T.U is that you have to walk up A LOT of stairs to even get to the main floor of the school OR you can take the overcrowded elevator that's operated by a rude elevator man. Also, the instrumental program could be better, if you plan on auditioning for instrumental music, your freshman year might be dissapointing do to lack of seriousness in the concert band. On the other hand, academics are AMAZING ! The teacher integrate the arts into their lessons, offer tutoring, and are always available to talk out outside issues with you. The school also has amazing after school programs such as the Step Team and Hip Hop team. There is also a Talent Show held every march which is where al students showcase there talents and even get to perform out of their majors required they get accepted into the show. There are tons of performances and school functions. Life at T.U is a wonderful experience for me and always exciting!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2011

ugh...this school needs some serious help. The inside of it is so dull and dark, and because the building that its in shares about 4 other schools, you have to walk 6-7 flights of stairs to get to the actual school...or just take the overcrowded elevator. It's true that everyone knows everyone, but half the people pretend you don't exist! Most teachers are O.K. but some can get on your nerves, and some may use profanity in class. There are ZERO programs at the school, unless u want to join crochet or the school newspaper. There's a talent show in march ever year, which is pretty competitive to get into considering there is an audition&callback, and this year most of the students that got in are vocal or musical theatre majors and are gonna sing! so unfair..Most major classes teach well, but if you are a pianist do not go here. u don't learn much unless u want to count music theory class. There is no free period, and lunch is usually overcrowded and shared by an elementary school. Missing one day of school is like missing a week, and students usually have to do everything for themselves. The staff is nice, but the school needs more. Overall, I feel the school could do better..
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2011

The school has merit; the artistic focus is strong, as are the academics, if a given student is favored by a given teacher. Some adults in tutorial positions (additional help-aids/liasons) really care about the students. Unfortunately, there is a weighty culture of unprofessionalism in the teaching community at this school. Too many teachers here believe it their right to demean, condescend and even taunt the students they are to teach and uplift. For this reason my child has felt isolated and discouraged at TU and is opting, with vigor, to seek alternative schooling. The teachers could use a good deal of training in working with, inspiring and coping with children of differing personalities, as the several teachers we encountered seem to lack the *gift* that distinguishes effective educators from baby sitters simply collecting paychecks and spewing catty remarks when met with the challenge of a student who has lost interest. So much promise, the school doth posses, but its potential is unmet due to a poor and careless teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

Talent Unlimited is a very warm and caring place for the kids. The focus on the academics and the arts equally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

TU is a good school and all, but it wasn't meant for someone who is shy and quiet, and the workload is a lot! Some of the TU teachers were greats while others are weak. The worst part of TU is the building! For a performing arts high school the building is dreary and had no vibe to it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2009

Though this school is a fun environment for some for most it wasn't. My daughter loved the students & teachers in the school but for some reason I guess it was just too much for her, meaning the performances and the academics. This school is for someone who has the ability to do both! Yes the teachers are wonderful because they would take the time out in their lives to help students who needed it most. If your child is strong & willing to do all that it takes then I do recommend this school to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

Talent Unlimted is a great environment where students can showacse their abilities and skills in the arts while receiving a strong education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

Because it has the coolest and most creative students. We are all muliti talented in one way or another. And you will never find another school like Talent Unlimited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

I LOVE Talent Unlimited because our school is a family. I graduated and still keep in touch with the class of 07 and most other people from other classes.


Posted September 26, 2009

I love Talent Unlimited for many many reasons. First of all because we are a family.. the teachers are always helping they're students in their weakness. The students are so friendly and nice, and everyone knows each other. Talent Unlimited for me is America's Favorite school no doubt...
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2009

This school does wll for a small school but needs funding so the students can accomplish their goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

My child loves this school and is very happy to go there every day. The kids are warm and the community is very close, and the academics are excellent. Teachers are young and engaging, and make themselves totally available for extra help for anyone who needs it. A great small alternative to huge and more competitive LaGuardia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Talent Unlimited is a school that focuses on the performing arts and 98% of the students graduate and go to college. It's awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Talent Unlimited is one of the best hands on performing art schools in NYC. As a graduate of the '07 class, My time spent there was very detrimental to my life. Phenomenal teachers who did not mind staying after school to make sure we were tutored and also made sure we were up to par with our grades. They also help us to make us better ourselves with the outlet of performing. The school needs these funds because it will help supply the things they need to help the building process for the younger generations!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

I love TU because its an amazing school! the environment is so friendly that you cant help but feel loved as soon as u walk through the doors. The teachers are extremely good at what they do but they are always there for you whether its school related or personal. Our arts department is great as well but could be a lot better if we had the funds we desperately need. I love TU and i wouldnt choose to be anywhere else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2009

amazing learning environment, with the most talented and passionate students you'll ever meet. the teachers connect with the students on an emotional level as well as an educational level.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 64% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
98%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 73% in 2012.

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n/a
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
90%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2012.

204 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 72% in 2012.

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 78% in 2012.

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

31 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
96%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

25 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population68%

Chemistry

All Students78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population78%

Earth Science

All Studentsn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

English

All Students87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Geometry

All Students80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Global History and Geography

All Students97%
Students with disabilities88%
General population97%

Integrated Algebra

All Students83%
Students with disabilities64%
General population85%

Living Environment

All Students98%
Students with disabilities100%
General population98%

Physics

All Students68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population68%

U.S. History and Government

All Students97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 40% 23%
Black 36% 19%
White 20% 48%
Asian 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 11%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 44%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Orchestraal
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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8.0
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City average
8.0
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Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents24349%
Students46794%
Teachers2596%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • MS. LINDA HAMIL

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - M1, M101, M15, M31, M57, M66, M72, M98, Q101, Q32, Q60. Subways - 6 to 68th St - Hunter College; 4, 5, N, Q, R to Lexington Av/59 St; F to Lexington Av/63 St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Orchestraal
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
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