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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.  (Clara Hemphill, web reports, August 2018; photo from the school's website)

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School Stats

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

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
100%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
100%
Average daily attendance
 
86%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
47%
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 achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
100%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

327
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
75%
Students with disabilities
 
23%
Multilingual learners
 
2%
From the 2022-23 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?
 
89%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
44%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
28%
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?
 
70%
9.0
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
130
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?
 
61%
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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
8%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
7%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
25%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
46%

Music

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

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%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
76%
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?
 
67%
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

Digital Cinema Production and Digital Arts (K79A)

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

In addition to being a college preparatory school with a rigorous academic four-year program, students select a course sequence in either Digital Art, Cinema Production, or Computer Science. In Cinema Production, through a balance of classroom instruction and hands-on experiences, students are immersed in the art of digital filmmaking. Students write, direct, and edit their own films. Digital Art students complete projects in photography, portraiture, and landscape, and create comic books, stop motion animations, and portfolios. Students in the Computer Science track learn programming languages including Python and Java, and take AP Computer Science

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Courses

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

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

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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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