The Cinema School

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick

Location

1551 East 172nd Street
Bronx NY 10472
Parkchester (District 12)
Trains: 6 to Elder Ave
Buses: Bx11, Bx27, Bx36, Bx4, Bx4A, Q44- SBS

Contact

Phone
718-620-2560
Principal
Keisha Warner
Parent Coordinator
Liann Gutierrez

What’s Special

A focus on all aspects of filmmaking, small classes

The Downside

Some parents are concerned about neighborhood

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 schools 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 citys 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 its 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)

About the students

Enrollment
310
Asian
2.3%
Black
21.3%
Hispanic
71.3%
White
2.6%
Other
2.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
83%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
7%
Male
37%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the James Monroe Educational campus with one other school
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
87%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
36%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
31%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
25%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
61%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
43%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
52%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
43%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
71%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
60%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
48%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Visual and Media arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
65%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
47%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
73%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
86%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
4%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
2%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
42%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
35%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
60%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
80%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
64%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
90%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

The Cinema School
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

The Cinema School offers a rigorous liberal arts college preparatory curriculum and a four-year curriculum in filmmaking.

Academics

Language Courses

French

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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