ACTvF – Academy for Careers in Television and Film
Provide a skilled student an internship
- ACTvF will facilitate all paperwork for the students and will issue school credit.
- ACTvF seniors have completed extensive training in all aspects of production and post. Help them continue training with an internship ranging from 8-16 weeks, ideally 3 days a week.
- Students are generally available in the afternoons (1:30 – 5pm) Monday thru Friday.
In 2007, members of the New York Production Alliance (NYPA), an industry advocacy organization, approached New Visions for Public Schools with an idea for a public high school in western Queens that would connect students to industry employment
A team of industry professionals and educators began to define how private industry and public education could collaborate to support a small and rigorous Career and Technical Education (CTE) school.
The Academy for Careers in Television and Film (ACTvF) is unique in providing students with meaningful entry points into a range of career paths, including a variety of “below-the-line” positions almost entirely neglected by existing high school
programs. The membership of NYPA, the school’s lead partner, represents a cross section of the industry and includes the owners of New York’s major studios, top producers and directors, unions, and scores of other industry businesses and
organizations. Through this partnership, students benefit from unprecedented opportunities to work alongside industry professionals and gain valuable experience to support their career and academic aspirations.
What the Press Says
While New York City’s most elite and selective schools accept only kids with top grades and test scores, others take students who struggled in middle school — and then work wonders. The best of these inclusive schools strive to whip students into
shape for a top college or well-paying career. The Department of Education and Insideschools.org, an independent guide to public schools, identified some up-and-coming gems.
The Academy for Careers in Television and Film
36-41 28th St., Queens
Near the TV and movie studios in Long Island City, this school founded in 2008 has quickly become one of the city’s most popular and successful. It offers students the chance to make movies, commercials, and TV shows while taking regular academic
classes. They get internships or summer jobs in the industry, thanks to school partners, including Silver Cup Studios, the Tribeca Film Institute and the Museum of the Moving Image.
It offers four APs, including calculus; Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese.
Academy for Careers in Television and Film- Ranked #2
36-41 28th St., Queens
- Admission: Priority to New York City residents who attend an info session
- Enrollment: 470
- Graduation rate: 94.8%
- College ready: 46.9%
- College enrollment: 75.6%
- Taking SAT: 90
- Average total SAT score: 1276
- Taking AP tests: 63
- AP pass rate: 57.9%
Perched on the edge of the East River in a striking new building, this Long Island City school is a movie studio in miniature, with everything from props and costume departments to sound stages and an editing lab on site. Students take a sequence
of introductory production classes in their first two years, then choose an area of concentration in 11th grade. New York’s thriving film industry provides many internship opportunities for juniors and seniors (Silvercup Studios, WNET and shows like
“The Good Wife” among them). The school itself, with an in-house video production company, gets kids collaborating with partners like the National Dance Institute and Socrates Sculpture Park on several film projects each year. Strong academic
supports result in an impressive graduation rate, and with most students heading to college.
Spotlight on Members
Craig Cohen, Lisbeth Kaufman, Eric Michelson, Mary Miles, Emellie O’Brien, Jeffrey Schneider
Deb hosted her 9th year of industry panels at NYPA’s partner high school