The city's Department of Education is showcasing nine new schools that will open this fall, ranging from the first Montessori-inspired public elementary school in the city to a new high school focused on motion picture technology.

Schools Chancellor David Banks made a pitch to parents on Thursday, saying the new schools are part of his effort to provide exciting options close to home.

What You Need To Know

  • The city is opening nine new public schools this fall

  • That includes a new location of Bard Early College in Brooklyn's East New York neighborhood

  • The city will also launch a new high school in Queens focusing on motion picture technology, to prepare students for film and television production careers

“If your child is looking for a big school, a mid-sized school, a small school, a school that has a particular theme or focus that aligns with the interest of your child, whatever you are looking for we have it within the New York City public schools,” Banks said.

“We have had a lot of back-and-forth around specialized high schools as though those are the only good schools in the city, and I will tell you nothing could be further from the truth,” he added.

The popular Bard Early College model, which allows students to graduate with an associate’s degree, is expanding to Brooklyn, with a campus in East New York. The school opened a Bronx location last year, and has campuses in Queens and Manhattan. But for many Brooklyn families, it had been out of reach.

“We’ve spoken to families who are really interested in Bard Early College, but the commute has been really difficult for them. They’re worried about safety, transportation, extracurricular activities, things like that. So, we’re really excited that we can bring this to the neighborhood,” Olga Ramos, the deputy director of Bard Early College, said.

A total of 90% of seats will be set aside for Brooklyn families, with 80% for those living in and around East New York.

A new option for families in Queens: Motion Picture Technical High School, a career and technical education, or CTE, school, focused on preparing students for jobs in film and television production.

“We’re gonna really do everything we can to connect students with real-life experiences, with industry partnerships, with work-based learning opportunities through a robust CTE film program, in connection with really strong academics as well,” founding principal Kevin Lopez said.

In addition to those two schools, the city is also opening:

  • P.S. 482 Albee Square Montessori Public School, an elementary school in downtown Brooklyn
  • P.S. 413 and P.S. 331, both elementary schools in Bay Ridge
  • P.S. 456, an inquiry-based learning elementary school in Boerum Hill
  • M.S. 644, a middle school in the South Bronx, will focus on multilingualism and experiential learning
  • M.S. 428, a dual language middle school in Sunset Park
  • M.S. 407, a medical and science, technology arts and math middle school in Bay Ridge