The Family Life Academy Charter School seeks to meet the particular needs of the surrounding South Bronx community, which has a large percentage of students living in poverty and many having limited English language proficiency. The area surrounding the school contains several New York City public schools on the State Education Commissioner's list of failing schools. The school offers an innovative model of its own design, English/Spanish Immersion, which will gradually increase the level of instruction in an English-language classroom while simultaneously retaining Spanish as a subject area for specific instruction. The English language program will offer a mix of phonics- and literature-based instruction and assumes full immersion in English instruction by second grade, with an additional hour per day of instruction in Spanish language arts. The charter school's partner, the Latino Pastoral Action Center, has an extensive record of providing services in the Highbridge section of the Bronx.