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Countee Cullen High School Program

As the first beacon program in New York City, Countee Cullen Community Center has a vibrant history and has evolved over the decades. Today, Countee Cullen offers an enriching after school program for students age 14 to 21 with interest in a career in broadcasting or media arts.

The four-year program structure allows students to develop an understanding of the art and craft of storytelling, gives access to industry experts, and empowers students with real-world career skills. We also offer a range of additional services to help ensure students excel in their academic careers and beyond.

Countee Cullen Focus Areas

Countee Cullen students select a focus from one of seven areas:

  • Journalism
  • Photojournalism
  • Sound engineering for the screen
  • Film production
  • Screenwriting
  • Podcasting and radio
  • Stop motion graphics

Four-Year Program Structure

Countee Cullen is intentionally designed to replicate certain aspects of the college experience. Once students select a focus area, they embark on Countee Cullen’s four-year program structure.

Year 1: Education

Students learn core knowledge and technical applications of their focus area to achieve competence and become competitive career candidates.

Year 2: On the Stage

Students spend a year partnered with a specialist instructor in an independent study project that has real-world relevance and application.

Year 3: Co-Teaching

To demonstrate mastery, students lead underclassmen project teams. They are also now permitted to generate and execute their own projects.

Year 4: Career Immersion

With our help, students are placed in an internship or mentorship that allows them to apply skills and nurture professional contacts.

Additional Support and Services

Countee Cullen empowers students to explore a passion and gain career-ready experience. But this cannot come at the cost of their traditional schooling. To that end, we offer several additional and holistic supports so that all of our students can excel in all of their learning.


Leveraging school, family, and community resources, we do whatever it takes to make sure all of our students’ needs are met such that they are positioned for success.

Academic Support

We offer a wide range of academic interventions, including but not limited to:

  • SAT prep
  • Regents prep
  • One-on-one or small group tutoring
  • IEP supports, coordinating with school educators as needed

College and Career Readiness Services

In addition to nurturing the social-emotional skills that colleges require and employers demand, we also offer practical guidance to students as they apply for and prepare for college, including:

  • Personal statement support
  • HCZ scholarships to graduating high school students
  • Resume writing
  • Career development courses
  • Parent college advising and supports
  • Financial aid assistance

Health and Wellness

Fitness and nutrition courses are regularly available to Countee Cullen students and their families. Health educators also work alongside each student to tailor wellness learning.

Location and Hours

Find Us: 271-275 144th St, NY, New York 10030

Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


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