Family Life Academy Charter Schools

Family Life Academy Charter Schools  | Whole Child Focused

Located in the Bronx, NY, the Family Life Academy Charter Schools (FLACS) focus on serving the whole child. FLACS are K-8 charter schools that deliver a holistic education and whose students surpass state averages in academic achievement, are nurtured in a disciplined environment, develop good judgment, and are taught to be accountable for their actions.

For FLACS, a focus on the whole child means that children and young adults are more than their academic achievement. The goal is to build students’ skills so they are fully informed citizens, well rounded in the arts, and healthy in mind and body. Teachers and administrators balance academics with social-emotional health and recognize the importance of providing students with opportunities for growth in both areas.

The charter schools were created by and for families in the neighborhood and are governed by people in the community. Everyone in the school adopts the mindset that the schools exist to serve the community. The families, students, teachers, and school leadership consider themselves family. This family orientation includes an inclusive, diverse environment that reflects the core values of scholarship, empathy, integrity, grit, and global citizenship. Prospective teachers must have the same drive to serve the community and desire to become part of the FLACS family.

The community setting is supported through a variety of priorities, including consistent and caring discipline policies. Schoolwide and classroom procedures value scholarly behavior and are taught to students and reinforced by all staff members. Additionally, all parents are informed and empowered participants in their children’s learning. These priorities affect shared school culture, traditions, and excellence. Teachers who become part of the FLACS family are supported to develop their craft and connect with the community.

Student population

74.1% Hispanic/Latinx
24.8% Black
1.1% Other groups

90%

Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch

22%

Current or former English language learners

26

students average class size

Charter initiatives

  • Professional learning communities that enrich teaching. Professional development is customized to meet the needs of individual teachers and embedded into the authentic work of every day. Instructional coaches support individual teachers in improving their instructional practice, and common grade level planning periods occur weekly.
  • Rigorous, data-driven curriculum. The FLACS curriculum is rigorous and challenges students’ innate and acquired intellectual curiosity. It is accompanied by clearly articulated and demanding student achievement standards aligned to the NYS Learning Standards. Data-driven planning is fueled by a rigorous system of assessment and accountability. Continual assessment occurs in all subject areas at all grade levels.
  • Intentional approaches to the instruction of English language learners. FLACS specifically seeks to attract and retain English language learners. FLACS employs an English language immersion approach. All staff receive training in strategies for supporting English language learners within their individual classrooms.

The details

  • 30-credit master of arts in teaching (MAT) program
  • Meet online with NYU Steinhardt faculty and peers twice per week in the evening for your course work ~15 hours/week
  • ~40 hours/week in classroom residency at partner location
  • Tuition subsidy and stipend or wage from partner school
  • Two-year commitment following residency required
  • Full-day cost details

During residency year

Estimated Stipend
$30,000
Health Insurance Full medical, dental, and vision benefits
Start Dates Orientation: End of June 2021
Residency: End of August 2021

After residency year

Job After Graduation Teacher (full time)

The job placement offer is provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee job placement.

Estimated Starting Salary with Master’s Degree $61,000

The figures above are estimates provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee these amounts.

 I grew up in Brooklyn. I love that I get to come back to my home city and work with a community that I have experience with and care about.

Manny
graduate, 2019 cohort,
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (now Prospect Schools)

 We built this program from the ground up, and [the faculty] all agreed on starting with the ideas of building community and understanding identity.

Heather Woodley
Co-Director of NYU Teacher Residency; Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL, Bilingual Education, and Foreign Language Education,
NYU Steinhardt