The Cinema School

1551 EAST 172ND STREET
BRONX NY 10472 Map
Phone: (718) 620-2560
Website: Click here
Admissions: Selective
selective
Principal: Keisha Warner
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 12
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: ILLONA PAULINO

Buses: BX11, BX27, BX36, BX4, Q44

What's special:

A focus on all aspects of filmmaking, small classes

The downside:

Some parents are concerned about neighborhood

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

James Monroe campus annex

Number of Students 318

Average Daily Attendance 91%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
26%

Hispanic

  
65%

White

  
5%

Free Lunch

  
79%

Special ed

  
6%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.00 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

26 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

65% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

56% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

93% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

44% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

24% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

97% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

11%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

19%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

45%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

38% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

418
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

SAT math scores

430
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

80% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

NA 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

100% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

The Cinema School

Screened

The Cinema School is a select admissions school offering a rigorous liberal arts college preparatory curriculum and a four-year curriculum in filmmaking. All students will take the required courses for an Advanced Regents Diploma and take at least two Advanced Placement courses to prepare them for admissions to competitive four-year universities in any field of study they choose.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, Economics: Macro, English Language and Composition, Government and Politics: United States, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: N/A

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Film Screenings, Acting & Directing in Film, After-school Film Program, Advanced Placement Exam Test Prep. Based on student interest and need, past activities have included: Archery, Yoga, Chess, Creative Writing, Daily small group Advisory Meetings, Dance, Debate, Gay-Straight Alliance, Key Club, Students Against Animal Cruelty, Partners with New York Cares for Community Service, Rock Band, Photography, SAT, School Newspaper, Student Government, Tutoring, Regents Prep, Variety & Talent Shows, Web Design, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Swimming

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Softball, Swimming

Other schools sports: All students are eligible to participate in the James Monroe High School Campus sports teams. School-based sports in our Physical Education and/or after-school curriculum have included Archery, Basketball, Capoeira, Open Gym, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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