Filming Locations Guide: Where was Bad Education filmed?

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Bad Education revolves around New York's Roslyn school district scandal, one of Long Island’s most infamous corruption cases. The film has received much praise from the public and critics alike, as one of the best movies released in 2020.

The HBO movie is set in the village of Roslyn, located at the eastern edge of North Hempstead. However, most of Bad Education was filmed in Long Island and New York City.

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Hugh Jackman plays Frank Tassone, the charismatic superintendent who confessed to stealing millions from Roslyn schools. Allison Janney is his right hand, Pam Gluckin, and Ray Romano is Big Bob Spicer, the school board president. Geraldine Viswanathan plays the young sophomore Rachel (Rebekah Rombom in real life).

Here is our guide to the filming locations of Bad Education:

Where was Bad Education filmed?

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The establishing shots at the beginning of the movie were filmed in the real Roslyn village. The 1895 Clock Tower, standing in the middle of a roundabout, is the iconic landmark of the town.

The Kitchen Kabaret is a popular locale in Roslyn Heights. Located next to the Long Island Expressway, this casual restaurant offers a large variety of food to take away.
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Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: Clock Tower - Kitchen Kabaret

Roslyn High School filming scene with Rachel Rebekah Rombom
The key location of Bad Education is Roslyn High School.

The Division Avenue High School in Levittown provided the backdrop for the secondary high, including the stadium and football field featured in the movie.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps

Secondary school Hall New York City
However, the theatre auditorium and some interiors and hallways were shot in the Cardinal Spellman High School, located at 1991 Needham Avenue in the NYC Bronx.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Shopping center home depot
The Benjamin Moore Ace Hardware store is the Costello's Ace of Island Park branch.

The Sinner Dorchester town was also shot in New York State.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

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The plot is based on true events, but also on a New York Magazine article from 2004 by Robert Kolker 'The Bad Superintendent'. Cory Finley is directing the dark comedy drama, following a screenplay from writer Mike Makowsky.

During Tassone's era, the Roslyn High School was considered one of the best schools in the country. Its graduating students had access to some of the top colleges in the United States.

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  1. The auditorium scenes, as well as several hallway scenes (brick and marble lined hallways) are 100% Cardinal Spellman HS in the Bronx.

  2. Anyone know where the prison scene was filmed? I'm curious about a bumper sticker I saw in the control room window at 1h 39m 03s into the film. Part of the sticker was blacked out and I'm curious why. It read "Support Your Local Correction Officers xxxx Endangers Lives" and I wonder what the xxxx words were and why they were obscured.

    1. it looks like "privatization" - not sure why it was marked out though.

  3. Privatization refers to privately built and run for-profit prisons. As a trend, it tends to lead to mass incarceration, overcrowding, and longer sentences for minor offenses, all dangerous conditions for inmates and officers alike.


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