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Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (BCAM)

Grades: 9-12

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. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 2018)



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School Stats


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?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
599 Citywide Average


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?
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
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

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


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

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?
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
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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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


From the 2021 High School Directory

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


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Contact & Location


300 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205

Trains: G Line to Classon Av

Buses: B38, B44, B44-SBS, B48, B52, B54, B57, B62


Principal: James Obrien

Parent Coordinator: Joseph Cooper


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Brooklyn Prospect Charter Clinton Hill Middle School and the Brooklyn HS for Leadership and Community Service

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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