By Angel Johnson
The Los Angeles Promise Fund announced it will open a new film and television academy. LA Charter High School #1 is set to open in South Los Angeles for the 2017-2018 school year.
“The LA Promise Charter High School hopes to become a place of high quality education with strong community partnerships,” Qiana O’Leary, principal of the school said.
Founders were inspired to create a film based school to help get Millennials engaged in learning. When students are engaged, attendance rates and test scores increase, O’Leary said.
She has worked in education for 15 years. She’s served as a teacher and has taken on administrative roles.
The Los Angeles Charter School #1 will enroll 440 students. They have partnerships with independent production companies to help teach the students the elements of film and television. They will learn how to edit, write scripts and work with audio.
Students who attend The LA Charter High School #1 will also be able to obtain college credits. By the time they graduate from high school they can leave with an Associate's Degree.
“Even if they don’t pursue a career in film, they will still obtain skills that will help them in the workforce,” O’Leary said.
Not only will the school serve the students, but they will also provide resources for their families and the community.
Though the school is dedicated to helping students in South LA, enrollment is open to students throughout the LA area. To learn more go to http://www.lapchs.org/.