The New Public

The New Public, a documentary about the first four years of Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School, premieres Oct. 1 on WORLD Channel.

In 2006, school founders promised a Bedford-Stuyvesant school that will “build strong personal relationships, meet kids where they are at and provide unconventional arts and media electives taught by local artists.”

Four years later, almost half the founding class of 104 had transferred or dropped out. Of 60 remaining seniors, only half were on track to graduate. The school — 98 percent black and Hispanic — continues to struggle academically.

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