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Talent Unlimited High School

Public | 9-12 | 491 students

 

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Posted September 4, 2014

I suggest to all the parents which kids were accepted to TU to get your child to participate in the shadowing program. My daughter was able to go to all the classes which she will have in 9th grade with a Musical Theater student in TU. It was an amazing experience. I also particpated as aparent and sat thru many of the classes and I was impressed. TU is up to par academically and in the ARTS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2014

My daughter just got accepted to this school, and as of mid August we have not yet received any orientation information. So I contacted the Parent coordinator who rudely informed me that it was alright and that my daughter would be able to keep up ...then she hung up the phone. I am besides myself! Can't imagine that this is a TU representative. Looks like TU will be a very short lived experience. they were number one on our list...so the adage what you "read about, hear and see" does not always apply. It's what you experience that matters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

Congrats to all on a great show today!!! My daughters have been mostly happy here... TY! Neal H. Hurwitz (Sofia)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

My daughter is a junior in musical theatre at Talent Unlimited High School of the Performing Arts The administration is thoroughly committed to making the students college ready by devloping college level and AP courses that all students are encouraged to take. The results have been spectacular as US News and World Report ranked it last year in the top 5% in the United States for their academinc achievement. The teaching staff makes a point of making sure no students get left behind by offering extra help as well as special services.The Performing Arts departments are not to be believed. I have never seen so many students from very diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds so completely engaged in their particular performance areas. The joy in the faces of both the students and instructors is so obvious. It is an expression of their positive experience and achievement. Every day, each student is engaged in a performing art that they have a true passion for and are taught by instructors that share the same passion. My daughter will be extremely well prepared for college while enjoying tremedous growth in her artist discipline. If there was a "6" star, I would have checked it.
—Submitted by a parent


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


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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 66% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
98%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

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English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
90%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

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Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

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 80% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students49%
Female49%
Male50%
African American36%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English49%
Not migrant49%

Chemistry

All Students77%
Female76%
Malen/a
African American71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant77%

Earth Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

English

All Students97%
Female97%
Male98%
African American95%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%

Geometry

All Students78%
Female79%
Male68%
African American74%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%

Global History and Geography

All Students94%
Female94%
Male92%
African American93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%

Integrated Algebra

All Students89%
Female86%
Male100%
African American89%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%

Living Environment

All Students97%
Female97%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%

Physics

All Students73%
Female74%
Male67%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant73%

U.S. History and Government

All Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
African American96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

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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 2 40% 23%
Black 1 36% 19%
White 1 20% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 255%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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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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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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

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
 
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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
 
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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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