Our Wow Factor

Learn to drive, speak Chinese and make clothes that are runway ready. These classes and more are available to students at LFLA.

David Shearman takes one of his many driver’s ed students out for a drive.

Driver’s education is a free class

Lift For Life Academy is the only school in the city of St. Louis that offers driver’s education as a free class. Due to the importance of proper and safe driving, approximately 95 percent of students will have taken driver’s education as an elective by the time they graduate from LFLA. In addition to in-class learning, every student driver receives six hours of behind-the-wheel, on-the-road instruction in the school’s red Saturn sedan. Students gain independence, responsibility and a greater knowledge of the St. Louis community through this valuable class.


Laura Kathleen assists student with reading a pattern.

Fashion design straight from the runway

We are fortunate to have Laura Kathleen on staff to bring the world of fashion design to students who are eager to learn from someone who knows the world of fashion and has starred on Bravo’s “Project Runway.” The classes are small, making one-on-one learning more personal and hands-on. Students learn how to sew, mend, alter and create their own clothing. They also learn how to sequence a project from start to finish, using a variety of methods and tools. This enhances how they look at and solve problems. They also learn the meaning of camaraderie because they must work together to reach their goals.



Yude Huang helps students make rice balls.

Learn to speak Chinese   

Students have been known to continue the conversations they’re having in Mandarin Chinese from class to the lunch table. In small class settings, students are able to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese, the language spoken by more than a billion people. Students take the class because it’s different and not necessarily offered at every school. Field trips, cooking, learning about a different culture and even making videos to share on YouTube make this a popular course of study.