Life Academy High School for Film and Music

Grades: 9-12

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)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
78%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
80%
Average daily attendance
 
85%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
46%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

254
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
80%
Students with disabilities
 
24%
Multilingual learners
 
15%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
79%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
77%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
48%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
27%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
64%
4.8
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
128
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
82%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

 
2%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
99%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
2%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
46%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
30%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
69%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
30%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

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

Cricket

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

2630 Benson Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11214

Trains: D Line to Bay 50th St; N Line to 86th St

Buses: B1, B3, B4, B6, B64, B82, X28, X38


Contact

Principal: Eugenia Kelch

Parent Coordinator: Phylicia Mussington Matt

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Lafayette Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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