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From the Associated Press at www.newsday.com:
“The next generation of Martin Scorseses and Spike Lees are out there,” says Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, “and I can’t wait to see their senior projects four years from now.”
The Cinema School, the fifth of seven academically selective public schools New York City has pledged to open, is slated to premiere in September, 2009. The school will be run by an award-winning nonprofit film organization calledthe Ghetto Film School.
It will offer a rigorous liberal-arts curriculum, cinema studies courses and a six-week production class taught by industry professionals.
The founder of Ghetto Film School, Joe Hall, calls Cinema School the first such school in the country. It was made possible through a partnership with the Department of Education and film industry supporters.
Ghetto, which has been honored by the mayor’s office and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, announces it will accept a small class of nonth-graders for the 2009-10 school year. Prospective students will be selected based on grades, writing samples and teacher recommendations. The school will grow by a grade each year, until it reaches an enrollment of 325 students in grades 9 through 12.
NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says the Cinema School “is the first of these new selective schools to offer students the opportunity to explore in depth a form of artistic expression.” The Cinema School will be located in the Bronx.
The other four selective schools already open offer liberal-arts curricula and focus on specific themes, such as Latin. [See my previous post about the Latin school…]
Two more schools are scheduled to open over the next two years.
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