Collaborative Learning Community
Talent Unlimited High School provides our community of learners balanced opportunities to be educated as socially responsible persons. Pre-professional instruction in the performing arts, pre-college instruction in the liberal arts, and guidance in wellness focus on building the skills and knowledge that prepare our diverse student body for higher-education, career, and personal success.
Talent Unlimited started as a pilot afterschool arts program in January 1973. New York City public school students took core subject classes at their home schools in the morning and attended arts classes at Talent Unlimited in the afternoons. The director of the program was John Motley, conductor of the All-City High School Chorus. The music teaching staff included Arlene Lieberman, Robert Vitale, H. L. Smith, II, Camilla Williams, and Fred Norman. The first class performed at Gracie Mansion for Mayor John V. Lindsay and Marian Anderson.
In 1995, Talent Unlimited became a full-time high school for the arts.
Today, Talent Unlimited is exceptional amongst its peers in New York City for offering individualized support as a small arts school and one with an exclusive focus on the performing arts, as well as our balanced offerings across performing arts studios and liberal arts disciplines.
On Saturdays TU/JREC is the host of The Metropolitan Opera’s HD Live in Schools program and The NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Project's All-City Jazz Ensemble and All-City Orchestra programs.
The First Education Complex
Talent Unlimited High School is part of a microcosm that is the Julia Richman Education Complex. The building opened in 1923 as Julia Richman High School, the premiere commercial educational institution for young women. In 1995, following years of budget cuts, unsuccessful reorganization, and academic decline, the building was redesigned from a single school into small autonomous learning communities. Stretching an entire city avenue and street block, Julia Richman now houses a nursery for children of students, an elementary school, an inclusion program for adolescents with developmental disabilities, and four distinct high schools serving students who are new immigrants, seeking progressive and alternative methods of education, and performing artists.