Brooklyn Castle

Brooklyn Castle

DVD - 2013
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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. If Albert Einstein, who was rated 1800, were to join the team, he'd only rank fifth best.
Publisher: [United States] : Millennium Entertainment, c2013
ISBN: 9781616661946
Branch Call Number: DVD 794.1092 B791
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 19, 2016

Such a beautiful film. All you want is to give these talented kids all the means to be successful, despite the constant budget cuts their school is saddled with. Truly incredible to see kids so fascinated with chess and it immediately made me feel uncool knowing I'd never be able to compete with them! Bravo to the filmmakers, friends and families who make this possible for all students. A must watch!

uvillereader Mar 09, 2016

This is a movie that's gonna make you smile. I love that the school heroes in this documentary aren't sports athletes but instead are a kind of nerdy, chess loving bunch!

Jul 13, 2015

This movie is very inspirational and shows how everyone can be successful in their areas. This is a great movie for anyone who's looking for a new hobby to excel at!

Sep 28, 2013

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.

jpozenel Sep 14, 2013

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

Aug 07, 2013

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

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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