Supervision for Teens
Quality staff supervision of the New York Film Academy Teen Camps is our highest concern. All of our Teen Camps are fully supervised. Our counselors are 21 years and older, and many have their undergraduate degrees in filmmaking or acting.
For those locations that can provide housing, counselors are assigned to a group of approximately 10-12 students. Nonetheless, all of our counselors have a responsibility to assure, to the best of their ability, the safety of all our students. Unless otherwise noted, counselors reside in the dormitories (at the universities) or the hotel (Paris and Florence) in rooms adjacent to the students. Generally, there is one counselor room on each floor of student residences. Given that our counselors are generally trained in either filmmaking or acting or animation, in addition to living and eating with the students, they serve as teaching assistants during class time and/or film shoots.
Each summer our international body of students have been overwhelmingly conscientious, kind, and well-behaved young men and women. Nonetheless, we feel it is necessary to outline those rules that will make each of our students stay with us as safe, comfortable, and enjoyable as possible.
The following are regulations that must be observed at all New York Film Academy Summer Camps:
Drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited. Do not bring drugs or alcohol with you to the New York Film Academy. Do not attempt to purchase drugs or alcohol while attending our summer camps. Don’t keep drugs or alcohol for your friend. Don’t plan to explain that you have no idea how the drugs or alcohol wound up in your suitcase. Don’t think you won’t get caught with drugs or alcohol.
Students found with drugs or alcohol in their possession will be immediately expelled from the camp at their and/or their parents’ expense. There will be no exceptions.
Students may not get into another student’s car, and may not leave the summer campsite with any unauthorized individuals. Non-commuting students cannot leave the summer campsite without written permission from a parent or guardian. A parent must submit to the Film Academy in writing an authorization for a student to leave the summer campsite alone or with an individual other than their parent, guardian, or New York Film Academy staff person.
Students must obey curfews.
Students are not permitted to fraternize with individuals attending camps other than the New York Film Academy.
Attendance in class is mandatory.
Students are required to pick up after themselves in the common areas. Students will be responsible for any damage done to property.
High School students are not allowed to enter the adult dormitories under any circumstances.
Students’ individual freedoms to explore a city or campus without the presence of a counselor vary depending on the summer camp location. For more information on supervision at a specific location continue below. Please note, the New York Film Academy reserves the right to add or amend rules specific to any or all locations. Such additions or changes would be clearly outlined for students upon arrival at camp or during their stay.
New York City || Los Angeles, CA || Harvard || Paris || Florence ||
New York City
Due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, NYFA will be unable to offer housing for in-person teen camps at our New York City location. Families will need to secure their own housing for campers and provide any necessary off-campus supervision, if traveling to New York City from another city, state or country. For additional information about local hotels or other questions, please contact a NYFA Youth Admissions representative.
Los Angeles, CA
Due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, NYFA will be unable to offer housing for in-person teen camps at our Los Angeles location. Families will need to secure their own housing for campers and provide any necessary off-campus supervision, if traveling to Los Angeles from another city, state or country. For additional information about local hotels or other questions, please contact a NYFA Youth Admissions representative.
Students reside at the Residence Montmartre, a small and friendly three star hotel, located in heart of Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement (district) of Paris. It is a two-minute walk from the stunning cathedral, Sacre Coeur, and a 15-minute walk to our classrooms and screening facility at La Fémis (The French National Film School and former Pathé Studios.).
Daily continental style breakfast is included in the cost of the room. There are a number of large and small supermarkets within a block of the residence, and the live-in counselors encourage students to try their hand at cooking French cuisine. Students often enjoy making and eating meals together as a group. France may be a country renowned for its fine wine but we strictly enforce our 24 hour a day no alcohol, no drugs policy both on and off the campus and Residency.
New York Film Academy counselors live in the Residence—generally one counselor on each floor—as does the Director of the Program, and students are under supervision at all times. Counselors do a nightly bed-check, and both counselors and hotel staff help to enforce a strict nightly curfew. No one other than New York Film Academy High School staff and students are allowed in the students’ hotel rooms, and students are forbidden to go into rooms occupied by anyone other than NYFA High School Students. These rules are strictly monitored and enforced for students’ safety. Keys are left at the front desk when students leave the Residence, and are given out only to the students occupying the rooms.
With prior written permission from parents, students are permitted to leave the residence or the campus of La Fémis in groups of two or more. Additionally, students are required to sign in and out with their counselors and must indicate where they will be and when they will return. We highly recommend students purchase or rent a French mobile telephone or chip card in order to be in contact with family and staff at all times.
If any parent requires that their child not be permitted to walk between the residence and the classrooms without a chaperone, please contact the Film Academy and we will make the necessary arrangements. Counselors lead the students to and from the classrooms the first week, however, as most students travel to and from class in groups we are comfortable suggesting that a staff member need not chaperone groups after the first week.
Should the need arise for medical care, arrangements can be made for an English speaking doctor to come to the Residence, and The American Hospital is staffed with top rate English speaking medical staff. Counselors are trained to take no risks with your child’s health and will make sure that every health question or complaint is taken seriously. 24-hour pharmacies are located within walking distance of the Residence. We require all students submit their medical insurance information prior to the start of the Camp Program.
Student productions take place throughout Paris and are done in the presence of a teaching assistant. Evening and weekend activities in and around Paris are organized and supervised by the Film Academy staff.
Teen summer camp students in our Florence program reside in the quiet, 3-star Hotel Liana, in the heart of Florence. Qualified counselors who reside in the hotel with the students carefully supervise students. Transportation to and from school is arranged in advance and students travel in pairs or groups morning and afternoon, which is also arranged by the counselors.
Parents have the option of signing a permission waiver, which allows students to explore the city of Florence without adult supervision. However, even if students have such permission, they must still report to a counselor their destination and scheduled time of return. This is very important, otherwise the parental permission is not considered valid.
A strict curfew is enforced at Hotel Liana and each room is checked every night by counselors who are always available and minutes away at all times.
On weekends students will partake in organized activities. With staff and counselors, students may visit an off-site location such as the Uffizi museum or the nearby Fiesole, a ruined Roman town. Some out of town excursions, completely supervised and lasting no more than one day, are also arranged, such as a day trip to see the highlights of Rome.
If medical attention becomes necessary, there are a number of hospitals and emergency clinics in Florence with practitioners and specialists who speak English, German and French, and our counselors will escort a student immediately to one of these facilities. We require all students submit their medical insurance information prior to the start of the NYFA summer camp.
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