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The Academy for Careers in Television and Film exists to provide a bridge to higher education and meaningful preparation for careers in television and film production. Through customized academic programs and personalized instruction, students at ACTvF acquire the prerequisite skills and knowledge to successfully transition into competitive four-year colleges. Industry internships and hands-on experiences allow ACTvF students to develop the technical skills and work habits necessary to successfully pursue careers in production.

At ACTvF, staff and members of industry partner organizations work closely with students to ensure that every graduate has a well-developed post-secondary plan and the means to pursue it.

Every year in New York City, film and television production generates over $5 billion and supports an estimated 100,000 jobs. Three years ago, members of the New York Production Alliance (NYPA), an industry advocacy organization, approached New Visions for Public Schools with an idea for a high school in western Queens that would connect students to industry employment opportunities. In April 2007, 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.

Next Step Pictures (in-house video production company)
Drama club
A cappella club
Yearbook club
Prom committee

Student government
College Now

Boys basketball
Girls basketball
Co-ed track
Co-ed soccer
Girls volleyball
Step team
Fitness club
ACTvF students reflect the diversity of the city, coming from many different backgrounds. Our community is marked by one single thread: a commitment to achieve. A four-year advisory program, in which a student's Advisor becomes his or her biggest advocate for success, helps our students navigate high school and the college preparation process. Our CTE program in film and TV also contributes to the character of our community, as students and teachers generally share an impassioned appreciation for visual media and the arts.
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