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The Cinema School

The Cinema School is a coeducational public school for students in grades 9 through 11.

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Institution Type: Public Setting: Urban


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The Cinema School offers a rich liberal arts education grounded in creative activity. Filmmaking serves as the core of a strong academic program that prepares students for a wide range of careers. All students are given courses needed for the Advanced Regents Diploma and at least two Advanced Placement courses. Competitive colleges love our students! In addition to providing students with essential creative and technological skills, filmmaking also deepens learning by building confidence, responsibility, teamwork, and leadership. One of our unique features is our mid-year Filmmaking and Animation Institute in which students work on film projects of their choosing and receive hands-on support from industry professionals. We offer a supportive small school community and individualized attention.

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Mid-year Filmmaking and Animation Institute: students develop film projects, shoot on location, work with resident and guest artists that are prominent in the film industry and visit art-focused colleges and professional studios; four-year Cinema Studies curriculum includes filmmaking, storytelling, media criticism and history of visual arts; internships, independent study; College Now courses at Lehman College; all students are required to take at least two Advanced Placement courses before graduation.

Program Overview

The Cinema School is a select admissions school offering a rigorous liberal arts college preparatory curriculum and a four-year curriculum in filmmaking. All students will take the required courses for an Advanced Regents Diploma and take at least two Advanced Placement courses to prepare them for admissions to competitive four-year universities in any field of study they choose.

Program Specialization: Film/Video

Available Seats in Freshmen Class: 81

Admission Method: Screened

Entrance Requirements: An Admissions Activity is required for all students who do not meet screen criteria

Required Grades

  • Math: 80-100
  • Science: 80-100
  • Social Studies: 80-100
  • English: 80-100


Buses: BX11, BX27, BX36, BX4, Q44

Trains: 6 to Elder Av



Public schools are supported through local, state, and federal funding, and do not charge tuition to students who attend them.



Admission Priorities

  • Open to New York City residents

Important Dates

Regular Application Deadline: December 2


  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP United States History
  • Arabic (Online)
  • Chinese (Mandarin) (Online)
  • French (Online)
  • German (Online)
  • Italian (Online)
  • Japanese (Online)
  • Korean (Online)
  • Latin (Online)
  • Portuguese (Online)
  • Russian (Online)
  • Spanish (Online)

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 223
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 91
10 61
11 71

The Cinema School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The Cinema School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1
Gender 41% Male / 59% Female
Socioeconomic Diversity

75% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at The Cinema School.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Hispanic/Latino 65%
Black or African American 29%
Asian 4%

There were 2 incidents of bullying last year at The Cinema School, which equals 0.015 incidents per student.


Film Screenings, Acting & Directing in Film, After-school Film Program, Advanced Placement Exam Test Prep. Based on student interest and need, past activities have included: Archery, Yoga, Chess, Creative Writing, Daily small group Advisory Meetings, Dance, Debate, Gay-Straight Alliance, Key Club, Students Against Animal Cruelty, Partners with New York Cares for Community Service, Rock Band, Photography, SAT, School Newspaper, Student Government, Tutoring, Regents Prep, Variety & Talent Shows, Web Design, Yearbook
  • Art Club
  • Band
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Dance Club
  • Dance Team
  • Debate
  • Film Club
  • Photography Club
  • Student Government
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Swimming
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