Brooklyn Castle

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Brooklyn Castle
I.S.318 is an inner-city school where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level, that also happens to have the best, most winning junior high school chess team in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard.

Published: [Los Angeles, Calif.] : Millennium Entertainment, c2013.
ISBN: 1616661941
Branch Call Number: DVD 794.1092 BRO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Shown in October 2013.

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Sep 28, 2013
  • ehm_chen rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A feel-good movie, a charming group of kids and terrific teachers. If you're into this kind of documentary (similar to Word Wars and Wordplay), then this is for you. Heartwarming.

Sep 14, 2013
  • jpozenel rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The movie kept me interested throughout. It's a good movie of it's type.

Aug 08, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Chess had transformed the "Intermediate School 318" from "school in need of improvement" in 2003, to one of New York City's best. An outstanding inspirational documentary with many lessons and insights to how "underprivileged" students can achieve at highest levels when given the supervisions of dedicated and great teachers, school administrators and parents. The featured students in its chess club were also good students, some gained admission to NYC's top high schools such as Stuyvesant and Brooklyn Tech (students can apply to high schools all over the city * see quote on Stuyvesant's 2.85% admission rate). If you are a parent with K-12 students, take the time to watch it. Here is the blog site of the chess teacher featured in the video:


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Aug 07, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Stuyvesant is the top specialized High Schools in New York City. Operated by the New York City Department of Education, these schools offer tuition-free accelerated academics to city residents. The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) is the only way to gain acceptance into one of the Specialized High Schools, of which Stuyvesant traditionally holds the highest cutoff score. In November of their 8th grade, over 28,000 potential incoming freshmen take the 150 minute exam, roughly 800 of whom are accepted.


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