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Cyberarts Studio Academy

Grades: 9-12
237 7th Avenue
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-832-4201

Our Insights

What’s Special

Graphic design and other technology programs

The Downside

History of low performance and turmoil

The Secondary School for Journalism, housed in the John Jay Educational Campus in Park Slope, has long struggled with poor attendance, low levels of student achievement and an ever-changing curriculum. It now has reinvented itself once again, shifting its focus to technology.

The school says it currently focuses on the intersection between science and technology, arts and the humanities and is preparing students to be “innovators, scientists, graphic designers and computer engineers.” It offers various computer labs and digital media, as well as a Great Books program.

Journalism has seen more than its share of turmoil. It originally was a 6-to-12 school but the Department of Education phased out the lower grades because of low enrollment. In 2017, the then principal was removed in the wake of charges he had changed student grades and let some take easy on-line courses to graduate. Journalism has clashed with another school in the building, Millennium Brooklyn, over space, and in fall 2018 students walked out of class to protest Journalism’s use of Summit Learning, an online system backed by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

Meanwhile, attendance, graduation and college readiness rates lag not only behind the citywide average but also for those of schools with similar student bodies. Teachers generally give their colleague low marks; in a DOE survey a staggering percentage said that that teachers at the school do not trust one another. 

On the positive side, almost all students now say they feel safe in and around the school. Teachers believe order and discipline is maintained at the school. According to school surveys, teachers express support for Livingston Hilaire who, in 2017, became the school’s third principal in four years.

Journalism shares the John Jay campus with Millennium Brooklyn, John Jay School for Law and Park Slope Collegiate. The inter-scholastic athletic teams include students from all the school except Millennium. The campus offers a particularly extensive array of sports for girls.

Special education: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes that mix special needs and general education students and has a small number of special education students in self-contained classes.

Admissions: The school has not filled its seats in recent years, and has a significant number of openings for incoming 10th graders. (Gail Robinson, DOE materials and press reports, November 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
43%
37% 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?
93%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
0.6

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
67%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
42%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
14%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
58%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
270
Asian
5%
Black
47%
Hispanic
39%
White
6%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
75%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
16%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
81%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
55%
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?
47%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
40%
68% 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

CYBERaRTS Studio Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

The CYBERaRTS Studio Academy integrates vigorous STEM, Design Thinking and liberal arts courses to educate talented artist, media specialist, scientists, engineers, and mathematicians--inspiring them to become passionate problem-solvers who understand the impact of their work on society. We believe technology divorced from humanity is worse than no technology at all.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location

Location

Park Slope (District 15)
Trains: F Line, G Line to 7th Ave; R Line to 4th Ave-9th St
Buses: B61, B63, B67, B69

Contact

Principal
Sharon Evans
Parent Coordinator
Susan Stein

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the John Jay Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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