The Cinema School
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The Cinema School
Buses: Bx11, Bx27, Bx36, Bx4, Bx4A, Q44
The Cinema School is a promising new high school in the Bronx for bright students who want to explore their creative vision through film. The school’s lead partner is the Ghetto Film School, a non-profit organization, which provides film and production education, industry internships, and a guest lecture series.
The four-year Cinema Studies curriculum includes filmmaking 101, music videos with storytelling, and screen writing, culminating in a senior thesis project. In a tenth grade film class we visited, students made their own short silent films after watching Charlie Chaplin's The Kid. During a six-week period in the winter, students work exclusively on film projects: 9th-graders work on animation and 10th-graders make music videos.
The theme of cinema is woven into academic classes as much as possible. In a humanities class, for example, students reframed a movie plot into a haiku and created story boards to identify plot elements in the novel Lord of the Flies.
Classes, with about 23 students, are smaller than typical for the city’s schools. In many classes we visited, students seemed motivated and engaged. One girl told us she typically does three hours of homework a night. However, there was some fidgeting in at least one class we visited.
Students with an average below 75 are placed on academic probation and must attend Saturday school six months prior to the Regents exam. They also receive extra math and reading help in pull-out classes. Advisors meet with all students twice daily to check in on progress. Students are grouped by ability for Earth science and math. Bobbish plans to offer advanced placement classes starting in 2011.
[Assistant Principal Keisha Warner replaced founding principal Rex Bobbish in 2013.]
The school shares a new building at the James Monroe High School campus with a middle school, Mott Hall V. Some parents have expressed concern about the neighborhood around Monroe, but former Principal Bobbish said it’s “much safer than it used to be.” Safety officers and school administrators maintain a “safe passage corridor” to ensure that students get to and from the subway safely, he said.
Special education: The school offers SETSS. There is one special education teacher.
Admissions: The school gives preference to students with an 85 average and standardized tests scores of Level 3 or above. About one-third do not meet those standards. The school admits mid-year transfers. (Lydie Raschka, October 2010, updated 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 338
Average Daily Attendance 90%
Metal detectors? No
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.54 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class26 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?60% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?61% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?88% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?17% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?24% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2014
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?19%
Is the guidance counseling helpful?
How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?75% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
Programs and Admissions
School admission priorities:
- Open to New York City residents
The Cinema School
The Cinema School offers a rigorous liberal arts college preparatory curriculum and a four-year curriculum in filmmaking.
- English (Scores 80-100) , Math (Scores 80-100) , Science (Scores 80-100) , Social Studies (Scores 80-100)
- Math Levels: Levels 3.0-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 3.0-4.5
There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information
AP COURSES: Biology, English, United States Government and Politics, United States History
EXTRACURRICULAR: Art, Backgammon, Dance, Debate, French, Filmmaking, Fitness, Key; Film Screenings, Acting & Directing in Film, , Gay-Straight Alliance, , Community Service, SAT Preparation, Student Government, Senior Committee, Tutoring, Regents Preparation, Yearbook
Other schools sports: Intramural basketball