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What’s Special

Kids make their own films

The Downside

Friction between administration and staff

The Cinema School in the Bronx is for students who want to explore their creative vision through film. In addition to the typical array of high school classes, children explore filmmaking challenges each year, such as animation, music video production and screenwriting. Seniors produce original films.

During a six-week period in the winter, students develop film projects, shoot on location, work with resident and guest artists in the film industry, and visit arts colleges and professional studios, according to the school website. The school’s lead partner is the Ghetto Film School, a non-profit organization.

The theme of cinema is woven into academic classes too. In a humanities class, for example, students may create a storyboard to identify plot elements in the novel Lord of the Flies. They study media criticism and the history of visual arts.

Most children graduate on time and more than half are ready for college-level work. Students who fall behind must attend Saturday school six months prior to the Regents exam. They also receive extra math and reading help during school hours. High-achievers may attend classes at Lehman College.

Parents say Principal Keisha Warner, a Bronx native and Bank Street College graduate, who took the helm in 2013, “is available night and day, knows every student and is a presence in their lives,” and that filmmaking “has changed their child’s educational life into an avid interest in learning,” according to the Quality Review. Students say they feel safe and there is little bullying, according to school surveys. 

However, there appears to be friction between the administration and staff. Fewer than half the teachers say the principal is an effective manager and fewer than one-third say discipline and order are maintained, according to surveys.

The Cinema School shares the Monroe annex with Mott Hall V, a 6−12 school, and a District 75 program for students with severe disabilities. The modern facility has its own gymnasium, auditorium and cafeteria. There are no metal detectors. Sports are campus-wide.

The school has a full-time college counselor. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, May 2018)


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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report, and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

The Cinema School (Y42A)

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

We offer a rigorous liberal arts college preparatory curriculum and a four-year curriculum in narrative filmmaking.


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP United States History, Chemistry (Advanced Science), Physics (Advanced Science), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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Contact & Location


1551 East 172Nd Street
Bronx NY 10472

Trains: 6 Line to Elder Av

Buses: Bx11, Bx27, Bx35, Bx4, Bx4A, BxM6, Q44-SBS


Principal: Keisha Warner

Parent Coordinator: Paulette Monforte


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the James Monroe Educational campus with one other school

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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