Digital Arts and Cinema Technology High School

Grades 9-12
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Location

284 Baltic Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Carroll Gardens (District 15)
Trains: A, C to Hoyt & Schermerhorn ; F, G to Bergen St
Buses: B45, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67

Contact

Phone
718-694-9741
Principal
Dawn Meconi
Parent Coordinator
Cheryl Ann Fox

What’s Special

Dynamic classes, interesting science electives

The Downside

High teacher turnover; struggle to change its poor reputation

Our Review

After years on the citys list of low-performance schools, the Brooklyn School for Global Studies is trying hard to improve its image and attract new students. Former Principal Joseph OBrien left abruptly in October 2013 and was replaced by Assistant Principal Dawn Meconi. Despite recent improvements includinga MAC lab, and iPads for teachers funded by a $2.7 million transformation school grant, the school and its principal face some serious hurdles.

[In September 2016, Principal Meconi led an effort to rename the school Digital Arts and Cinema Technology High School, citing a closer alignment with the school's mission. The new direction will include a phase-out of middle school by 2017-18, amendments to screening requirements, stronger focus on the digital technology courses already offered, and internship opportunities for seniors, according to a DNAinfo interview.]

Attendance, while increasing, is below average. Courses offerings are limited. Spanish is the only foreign language offered (although students may study others on their own time with the Rosetta Stone program.) Few middle school students stay for high school (choosing schools like Westinghouse and Brooklyn Lab instead.) On the 2010-11 NYC School Survey, only 60 percent of teachers agreed that order and discipline were maintained. Changes caused tension between some staff and the administration, and many teachers left.

Still, scores on the ELA Regents exam improved more than 25 percentage points in 2011. The school was clean and orderly the day of our visit and many classrooms were plastered with student work. Classes were lively and students seemed interested in their lessons, though talkative. In a 12thgrade government class students formed political groups, chose their beliefs and proposed them to the class. A 7thgrade science class gathered in the lab as the teacher demonstrated how to test for acids and bases. Though students clustered to see the experiment, teaching stopped them in an attempt to control excess talking.

Middle school students have double periods of English and music and 9thgraders take double periods of global history. Advanced students may take Advanced Placement biology, statistics and English. Genetics and forensics electives make four years of science possible. To encourage participation in gym, a male and a female teacher run class at the same time. Classes may also make use of a blackbox theatre and a greenhouse. The school hired a music teacher.

All students have lockers and wear a uniform of black or khaki pants and a light blue or white polo for middle schoolers and navy or gray polo for kids in high school. From 3 to 6 pm students may accumulate additional credits. They may also learn culinary arts in a program shared with the other 6-12 school in the building, School for International Studies.

Special education: Self-contained and Integrated Co-Teaching classes do the same work as general education students at a slower pace and with more individual attention.

Admissions: District 15 preference. Many students come from the Wyckoff and Red Hook housing. (Aryn Bloodworth, October 2011; updated 2013; Seaira Christian-Daniels, October 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
190
Asian
3.2%
Black
57.4%
Hispanic
36.8%
White
2.6%
Other
0.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
28%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the School for International Studies and Success Academy Cobble Hill Charter School
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
51%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
88%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
46%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
82%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
39%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.8
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
53%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
65%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
71%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
63%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
77%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
83%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
0%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
22%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
63%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
56%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
74%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
35%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
85%
87% 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?
79%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
12%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
24%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
7%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
38%
71% 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?
60%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.61
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.75
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.06
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.07
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
60%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
69%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
75%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
75%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
64%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Digital Cinema Production and Digital Arts
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Students choose between a four year sequence in either Digital Cinema Production or Digital Arts. In Digital Cinema Production, students are immersed in the art and craft of digital filmmaking through a balance of classroom instruction and hands on production experience. This program instills the skills needed for students to write, produce, direct and edit their own films. The Digital Arts curriculum blends art and computer science.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Art History, AP English

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Flag Football, Volleyball

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