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Selective film high school among new schools opening in Sept.

A selective high school run by an organization called Ghetto Film School and a high school that’s remarkable because its building is freestanding, rather than shared with other schools, are set to open this fall, the Department of Education announced today.

The DOE launched its annual new schools announcement blitz today with news about six schools, including the two high schools, that will open in September. They are among 22 schools citywide that will move into new or expanded buildings over the summer. The 14,000 new school seats that are being added represent “the full impact” of the current capital plan, according to DOE officials. (The proposal for the next five-year capital plan doesn’t call for as much building.)

Of particular note is Cinema High School in the Bronx, which will be run in partnership with Ghetto Film School, a program that has for years introduced Bronx teens to film production. The school will admit students selectively; it’s among the roster of new selective schools Mayor Bloomberg promised in 2005.

In some parts of the city, new schools are scheduled to open to replace others that are being phased out because of poor performance. Those new schools have not yet been announced. At least the high schools that will open in September will be revealed by the end of next week; they will then try to woo applicants at a new schools fair.

The DOE’s press release and the full list of schools announced today is after the jump.


New Buildings Will House 26 Schools, Including A New Selective School in the Bronx

14,000 New Seats To Be Created Across the Five Boroughs

Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today announced that 26 schools will open in 22 newly constructed school buildings at the start of the 2009-10 school year. The 26 schools include six schools opening for the first time and 20 schools gaining annexes or moving out of antiquated or temporary buildings. Among the new schools are a selective school in the Bronx and the first high school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. In all, 14,000 new seats will be created Citywide.

“Under the Mayor’s Capital Plan, we are creating outstanding new spaces for brand new schools, schools in temporary sites, and schools in older buildings,” Chancellor Klein said. “The new schools and high-quality existing schools in these spaces will provide great choices for more families in neighborhoods in New York City.”

“With more than 14,000 seats opening this year, we’re now beginning to see the full impact of the City’s historic $13.1 billion Capital Plan,” Deputy Chancellor for Finance and Administration Kathleen Grimm said. “Between 2009 and 2012, we’ll add more than 34,000 new seats across the City. These new seats will alleviate pockets of overcrowding, and will help to ensure that all students are going to school in facilities designed to best help them succeed.”

“In September, we will proudly open 22 beautiful new school facilities,” School Construction Authority President Sharon Greenberger said. “These buildings include 14 entirely new facilities, plus eight additions or annexes featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, libraries, and science labs. These new buildings will help schools provide students with the resources they need for an outstanding education.”

Six of the schools opening in newly constructed buildings next year will be opening for the first time. These include the Cinema School, the fifth new selective school built by Mayor Bloomberg. In 2005 Mayor Bloomberg promised to create seven such schools; two more selective schools are slated to open over the next two years. Sunset Park High School, a new large Brooklyn high school, will also open. Sunset Park High School will be divided into three small learning communities, providing students with a personalized learning environment within the context of the larger high school. Existing schools moving into new buildings include PS 65, known as “the Little Red School House,” which will move from two different locations into a single building thanks to a close partnership between the DOE and the District 19 community.

“I am very pleased with today’s announcement, and proud that the Cinema School will be located in the Bronx,” Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. said. “The school will provide students with an ambitious full-time film curriculum while supporting a rigorous academic education. These are the types of innovative new school options that our students and families want and deserve.”

The facilities opening in September 2009 are being constructed as part of the Department of Education’s historic $13.1 billion 2005-2009 Capital Plan, which is set to create more than 55,000 new school seats. In November 2008, the Department of Education released its proposal for the 2010-2014 Capital Plan, which will add 25,000 more seats across the City. After meeting with and collecting feedback from Community Education Councils across the City, the Department of Education will present a revised Capital Plan to the Panel for Educational Policy in February.

New schools opening in newly-constructed facilities will begin with one or two grades and phase in one grade level at a time. Existing schools moving from temporary locations will be able to expand to their fully-planned size. More information about the schools moving into new buildings in 2009 can be found at

Schools Located in Buildings Opening for September 2009

• 26 Broadway Building
o Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women, HS, opened 2005, moving from a temporary location

• Jonas Bronck Building @ East Fordham Road
o Jonas Bronck Academy, HS, opened 2005, moving from a temporary location

• James Monroe HS Annex
o The Cinema School, a new selective high school opening in September 2009
o Mott Hall V, MS, District 12, opened 2005, moving from a temporary location

• Bronx Studio School Building
o Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists, an Urban Assembly School, MS/HS, opened 2004, moving from a temporary location

• Reverend James A. Polite Avenue School Complex
o Peace and Diversity Academy, HS, opened 2004, moving from a temporary location
o The Metropolitan High School, HS, opened 2005, moving from a temporary location

• PS 169 Building
o School program not yet determined

• Sunset Park High School Building
o Sunset Park High School, HS, opening in September 2009
o Building will include seats for a District 75 program

• Waverly Avenue Building
o Achievement First Endeavor Charter School, ES/MS, opened 2006, moving from a temporary location into a new building funded through a charter partnership

• PS/IS 366 Building
o Science and Medicine Middle School, MS, District 18, opening in September 2009
o Second school program not yet determined

• 696 Jamaica Avenue Building
o PS 65 “The Little Red School House”, ES, District 19, moving from two separate locations into one building
o Building will include seats for a District 75 program

• PS/IS 237 Building
o The Brooklyn School of Inquiry, ES/MS, District 20, opening in September 2009
o The Academy of Talented Scholars, ES, District 20, opening in September 2009
o Building will include seats for a District 75 program

• New Utrecht High School Addition
o New Utrecht High School, HS, addition to an existing facility

• PS 229 Addition
o PS 229, preK-6, District 20, addition to an existing facility

• Frank Sinatra High School Building
o Frank Sinatra High School, HS, moving from a temporary location

• PS 128 Building
o PS 128, ES/MS, District 24, demolition of the existing facility and construction of a new expanded facility
o Building will include seats for a District 75 program

• PS 49 Addition
o PS 49, ES/MS, District 24, addition to an existing facility

• PS 102 Addition
o PS 102, ES/MS, District 24, addition to an existing facility

• PS 113 Addition
o PS 113, ES/MS, District 24, addition to an existing facility

• St. Bartholomew School Annex
o School program not yet determined

• PS 188 Annex
o PS 188, ES, District 26, annex to an existing facility

• PS 78 Annex
o PS 78, ES, District 30, annex to an existing facility

Staten Island
• PS/IS 861 Building
o The Staten Island School of Civic Leadership, ES/MS, District 31, new school
o Building will include seats for a District 75 program

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