The Cinema School (TCS)

The Cinema School (TCS) is the nation’s first film high school – a selective academic public high school offering a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that is grounded in creative activity. TCS prepares students for the best colleges by challenging them to achieve new levels of understanding – of themselves and the world – through the art of filmmaking.

TCS’ well-rounded academic program lays a strong foundation for success in any field while simultaneously empowering the voices, creative visions and aspirations of our students.

The founding partner of The Cinema School is the non-profit Ghetto Film School (GFS), an award winning non-profit independent film organization based in the South Bronx. After a 4-year planning process, GFS opened TCS in partnership with the NYC Department of Education in September 2009
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Honors Film Program

20 aspiring filmmakers each year will participate in the Honors Film Program, which will serve as an advanced, intensive immersion into the art and business of narrative filmmaking and be a course for 1 credit.


The Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Program (SBP) is a four-week film production- intensive program at The Cinema School, the nation's first film high school, founded by Ghetto Film School in partnership with the NYC Department of Education in September 2009.


Our school calendar is divided into two semesters and a separate production-intensive course (WMI) held in the spring of each year. Students learn filmmaking from professional filmmakers devoted to teach the craft and techniques for visual storytelling, This cinematic expression is supported by cutting-edge media and technology.


Spike Jonze

Deadline Extended for 2015 NYC Parent Survey

Deadline Extended for 2015 NYC Parent Survey
Announced the evening of April 2, 2015 – the NYC DOE extended the deadline to complete the Parent Survey until Friday, April 17th, 2015 at 11:59pm.

Click here if you would like to complete the survey online. You will need your survey access code, which is printed on the survey your child brought home on 3/5.
If you lose your survey, your child was absent on 3/5, or you are experiencing any difficulties, call the Survey Hotline at 1-800-690-8603
The Survey Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
The Survey Hotline will be able to provide eligible parents with
survey access information to take the survey online
If a parent has more than one child in the same school, fill out one survey based on the experience of the oldest child in that school
If a parent has children enrolled in multiple schools, the parent should fill out one separate survey for each school.

Spike Jonze Visit With TCS Film Honors Students


Spike Jonze  director, producer, screenwriter and actor take time to meet with TCS Film Honors Students