These rare schools see benefits of combining AP classes with vocational training

April 11, 2018

"At ACTvF, officials have found success with a more holistic approach to integrating academic achievement with career training. With a school population that reflects the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of New York City, ACTvF graduates 98 percent of its seniors (the citywide average is 71 percent), with 88 percent of those graduates continuing on to postsecondary education. The curriculum is centered around film and TV production but also includes a slate of six AP classes. By design, students spend as much of their time involved in production projects as they do in their academic classrooms. For the school, developing skills like communication, collaboration and problem-solving is an ethos that permeates almost every task students encounter."

October 3rd, 2017

"This school’s purpose is in its name — to prepare students for careers in movie and television production. The Academy utilizes small class sizes to provide individualized support and extensive career mentoring to young film makers."

September 17th, 2016

"A school that doubles as a mini movie studio gives students hands-on experience."

October 16th, 2014

“[TvF] is among the most successful of the 650 new small schools the city has opened since 2002. The latest results of an ongoing study suggest new small schools are better serving students on the whole."

October 13th, 2014

“She currently attends the Academy for Careers in Television and Film, and draws comics and writes her own stories about the drawings in her spare time."

July 7th, 2014

“When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city and the teachers union had agreed on a new contract two months ago, he promised that one provision would let schools [including Academy for Careers in Television and Film] 'reinvent themselves.'”

May 23rd, 2014

"Ben Martinez, 16, a junior at the Academy for Careers in Television and Film in Long Island City, Queens, added, “When I tell people at school I’m on the mountain bike team they either think I’m insane or really cool."

May 4th, 2014

Two short films made by New York City teenagers, shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, help shed light on quiet biases.

February 24th, 2014

“[Academy for Careers in Television and Film] particularly stand out within the peer index comparison...At the slightly higher end of the peer index groups, between 2.30 and 2.37, the average graduation rate is 80 percent, but the Academy for Careers in Television and Film far exceeds that, with 96.2 percent of its first cohort of students having graduated.”

January 2014

“When the Academy for Careers in Television & Film (TvF) learned it would be one of three schools coming into a brand-new facility with spectacular views of Manhattan, both students and staff felt as if they had won the lottery.”

November 18th, 2013

“Public High School Trains Next Generation of Filmmakers.”

September 9th, 2013

“On the roof of the Academy for Careers in Television and Film, students shot a scene as Chancellor Walcott played a starring role.”

May 30th, 2013

"Film teacher at Long Island City school helps students get the picture."