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Digital Arts and Cinema Technology High School

Grades: 9-12
284 Baltic Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Phone: 718-694-9741

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)

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
86%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
43%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
70%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
86%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
70%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
5.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
98%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
49%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
30%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
64%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
246
Asian
4%
Black
55%
Hispanic
35%
White
5%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
80%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
0%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
32%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
90%
66% Citywide Average


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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Digital Cinema Production and Digital Arts
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (65-100), Math (65-100), Science (65-100), Social Studies (63-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.9-4.5), Math (1.7-4.5)
  • Demonstrated Interest
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.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Statistics, AP United States History

Sports

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

Carroll Gardens (District 15)
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

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the School for International Studies and Success Academy Cobble Hill Charter School
Metal detectors?
No

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