Digital Arts and Cinema Technology High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Kids make movies

The Downside

Below average attendance

As its name implies, Digital Arts and Cinema Technology High School offers students the chance to make their own documentary films and create digital artwork such as stop-motion animation and graphic novels.

Housed in a building shared with an elementary school, Success Academy Cobble Hill, and a 6-12 school, The Boerum Hill School for International Studies, Digital Arts has undergone big changes in the past few years.

Teachers say the school is more orderly and disciplined than it was. Students say they are learning a lot, according to school surveys. Principal Dawn Meconi, who has led the school since 2013, changed the name from the Brooklyn School for Global Studies to reflect the new focus on digital arts. The school’s middle school grades were phased out, and it now serves grade 9-12.

While the school seems to be on the upswing, it still has a way to go. Graduation and attendance rates, while improving, are still below average.

Admissions: In recent years, the school has had room for all students who want to attend. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, August 2018; photo from the school's website)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
97%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
94%
Average daily attendance
 
89%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
35%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
100%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
100%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

342
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
81%
Students with disabilities
 
23%
Multilingual learners
 
2%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
94%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
17%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
12%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
86%
7.9
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
130
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?
 
62%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
1%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
7%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
27%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
15%

Music

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

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
61%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
97%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
58%
From the 2020-21 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?
 
44%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 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

Digital Cinema Production and Digital Arts

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

In addition to four years of ELA, History, Math and Science, students choose between a four-year sequence in either Digital Art or Digital Cinema Production. In Cinema Production, students are immersed in the art of digital film-making through a balance of classroom instruction and hands on production. Students write, direct and edit their own films. Digital Art blends art and computer science. Students create stop motion animations, study robotics, design video games and use a 3D printer.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

284 Baltic Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

Trains: A Line, C Line to Hoyt & Schermerhorn; F Line, G Line to Bergen St

Buses: B103, B41, B45, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67


Contact

Principal: Dawn Meconi

Parent Coordinator: Cheryl Ann Fox

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with the School for International Studies and Success Academy Cobble Hill Charter School

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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