Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (BCAM)

Grades: 9-12
300 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205
Phone: 718-230-5748

Our Insights

What’s Special

Four years of arts instruction

The Downside

Few PSAL sports

At Brooklyn Community High School for Communication, Arts and Media students get four years of instruction in the arts in addition to regular high school courses.  

They study studio art in 9th grade, moving on to photography, filmmaking, and college portfolio development in the upper grades. Students also apply or audition for after school arts academies each semester in printmaking, fashion design, photography, theater, filmmaking, mural painting, modern dance and music production. 

Every student gets hands-on experience and must assemble an art portfolio as a requirement for graduation—but they also pass required academic courses and Regents exams.

Bringing students up to and above grade level is critical at BCAM, where most students arrive poorly prepared for high school work. They participate in small group advisories for all four years, with a faculty member as advisory leader, to foster strong relationships. 

BCAM is one of several schools that share the former IS 117 Francis Scott Key School building in Bedford Stuyvesant. The other schools are Brooklyn Prospect Charter Clinton Hill Middle School, Brooklyn HS for Leadership and Community Service, and PS 369, and a District 75 school for students with special needs. 

All schools share the basement lunchroom, outdoor schoolyard, and other public spaces. Only a few PSAL sports are offered but some are unusual like handball and table tennis for boys, and a co-ed Stunt team. 

Admissions: Open citywide. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 2018)



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School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Brooklyn Community Arts and Media
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Ninth grade summer bridge intensive, ninth grade scholars academy.

Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (BCAM) ASD Horizon Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP United States History, AP Environmental Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition


Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Table Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football

Coed PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 13)
Trains: G Line to Classon Ave
Buses: B38, B44, B44-SBS, B48, B52, B54, B57, B62


James Obrien
Parent Coordinator
Joseph Cooper

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Brooklyn Prospect Charter Clinton Hill Middle School and the Brooklyn HS for Leadership and Community Service
Metal detectors?

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