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Life Academy High School for Film and Music

Grades: 9-12
2630 Benson Avenue
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-333-7750

Our Insights

What’s Special

Filmmaking, music production, trips

The Downside

Metal detectors; concerns with discipline and order

Life Academy High School for Film and Music was designed to engage students in academic subjects while teaching them how to make music videos and short films. They also compose and perform songs and learn recording studio production techniques. 

This tiny, multi-racial school opened in the Lafayette Educational Complex in 2007. It has had rocky periods but academic performance has quickly improved under the leadership of Principal Eugenia Kelch, who took the helm in 2015. Although students and teachers still have some concerns about school discipline and climate, according to school surveys, most students graduate on time and about half are ready for college-level work. 

Teachers meet individually with students to give them feedback on ways they can improve and to set goals for each marking period, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan. Discussion and writing is a priority is all classes, according to the Quality Review.

Students take photography and film trips to capture and create work in Central Park, Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. See student work, including personal “memoirs,” music videos and animations on the school website

They take field trips to Broadway shows, according to the Arts in Schools Report, and visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of the Moving Image. Students also visit colleges and historical sites in Washington D. C. and Philadelphia.

This school shares the Lafayette Educational Complex with four other schools. All schools may participate in campus-wide sports.

Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the school. 

Admissions: Educational option. The school seeks students with a range of academic performance. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 2018)



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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Life Academy High School for Film and Music
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Gravesend (District 21)
Trains: D Line to Bay 50th St; N Line to 86th St
Buses: B1, B3, B4, B6, B64, B82, X28, X38


Eugenia Kelch
Parent Coordinator
Phylicia Mussington Matt

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Lafayette Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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