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.

Fashion design straight from the runway


We are fortunate to have a teacher with decades of experience and a working fashion designer leading our students in our high school Fashion Design classes. Mrs. Wagner and Ms. Cook lead students through all of the technical, geometric and business-related problems in fashion design. 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.

Solving Real World Problems with Engineering

Starting in the 2016-17 school year, Mrs. Kathleen Danzo joined the Lift For Life Academy staff and began leading our students through the world of problem solving through different forms of engineering. Students gain skills using circuits, planning blueprints, solving equations, designing products and much more. Additionally, students have the opportunity to meet with professionals from all different types of engineering careers as they begin to explore new opportunities for their futures. One of the students’ favorite units involves using littleBit electronic building blocks to create robots that solve real-world problems. The supplies for the first year of this class were generously supplied through grants from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Maritz.



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.