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Program Overview

School Statement of Purpose

  • “The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts  Full-Day Program is an institution dedicated to celebrating student voices and giving students a means to tell their stories. This school provides a rigorous college-preparatory academic education and an integrated arts education in an equitable, culturally competent environment.”

Length of School Day

  • 7 hours - Monday through Friday

Start/End Times

  • 7:35am - 2:35pm

About Our School

  • The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day is an exciting program for students in grades 9 through 12. The Arts Academy Full Day is a comprehensive high school that provides mandatory academics and a diverse selection of arts classes. Students benefit from the integration of both areas of study to foster a creative and rigorous curriculum.

Is the Arts Academy Full Day Right For Me?


  • I have a voice that needs to be heard, and a story I need to tell.
  • I am interested in lots of different art forms including writing, digital media, drawing, music, and dance.
  • I want to design my own arts program.
  • I want to be in a diverse environment with people of different cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
  • I like academic classes where the arts are integrated into the material.
  • I want to go to school in a creative atmosphere.
  • I think outside of the box, and I like to take risks.
  • I value arts and academics equally, and I want to prepare myself for a post-secondary program in either the arts or academics.

What Makes Us Unique?

  • Students design their own arts program and choose classes that help each student raise their voice and tell their story.
  • “Honors Only” courses in grades 9-10. Rigorous courses that help students become active learners across all grades.
  • Advanced Placement and Early College Experience courses offered.
  • Arts course offerings in 5 different concentrations: Creative Writing, Graphic Design, Media Production, Music and Dance. All taught by practicing artist instructors.
  • A diverse student body from more than 55 cities and towns in the greater Hartford region
  • Small school with a highly dedicated staff and supportive student body
  • Students accepted at many of the nation’s best colleges and universities
  • Showcase student work throughout the community

What If I Have Questions?

  • Raegan Bishop

Student Activities Coordinator

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  • Kate Dougherty

Assistant Principal

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DRAFT - Arts Full Day - Course Catalog        

Academic Offerings

Academic Offerings

Academic Offerings

Academic Offerings

Academic Offerings


  • The Capstone class is a multi-year class that is also a graduation requirement. Students start the class in Semester II of their 11th grade year and complete the class in Semester I of their 12th grade year. The Capstone assignment is a student-created project that encompasses research, a research-based paper, a community services project, and a final cumulative presentation. These activities and related lessons occur over the two semesters worth of class time.

English / Language Arts:

  • English 9 - Honors only

World Literature provides students with the opportunity to explore literature from many cultures within its historical context. The course will examine how cultural and literary archetypes exist in a multicultural and historical context. Students will learn how literature passes on cultural values and explains natural events. Students will continue to develop their effective communication skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing. Technology will be integrated to enhance the students’ knowledge of world literature and culture. This course will encourage the students to think critically about literature, make connections across disciplines, and connect to their personal experiences in order to succeed in their futures.

  • English 10 - Honors only

The emergence of voice is integral in understanding the power, authority, and social advancements within societies. Power is gained, maintained, and often restricted through language and the expression of individual and collective voices. Along with the power of voice comes responsibility: the obligation to act justly and the spirit to better the world around. When used properly, strong voices have given rise to leadership, activism, empowerment, and liberation. Unfortunately, the responsibilities of voice are not always fulfilled. Often, voice and the associated power are corrupted, leading to oppression and injustice. In this course students study voices from around the globe and across America. Reading classical texts, modern works, current periodicals, and diverse genres will add to student knowledge of global voices. In addition, students will create their own works to help discover and develop their own voices and unleash the inherent power to better the world around them. The ultimate goal of the “Voices” course is to heighten the students’ understanding of powers, dangers, and endless possibilities of voice.

  • English 11 - Honors and College-Prep

Students enrolled in this course will study American Literature through a variety of themes. It will encourage the students to think critically about literature, connect to their personal experiences and make connections across disciplines. Students in American Literature will work closely with the American History curriculum as it compliments the content of the course. The American Literature course will also involve the students in a variety of writing experiences to demonstrate their knowledge of the content and their ability to develop their skills in this area. Technology will be integrated to enhance the students’ knowledge of American Literature and culture.

  • English 12 - Honors and College-Prep

English 12 is an intense, rigorous course that gives students a taste of college-level English classes. The foci of the class are deep literary analysis and writing that expresses both literary insight and a complex understanding of textual themes. Students will be pushed to both create and defend unique interpretations of various texts.

  • Contemporary Literature

Contemporary Literature is intended for junior and senior students who enjoy reading, and would like to study literature published in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A central question to this class will be to decipher who we are today, and to look at how authors are addressing our current cultural phenomena through their fiction. This course also introduces recent patterns or changes in literature, poetry and literary theory. Students will read a range of novels, poetry, short stories and essays from a diverse group of cutting-edge writers, and the class will frequently hold “book club” style discussions, reflecting upon the themes, style and form of the various reading assignments. Students will write literary thematic-based analysis essays, literary critiques, and creatively through the lens of contemporary modalities.

  • AP Language and Composition

The AP Language and Composition course is designed to prepare students for success both on the AP Language and Composition Exam and in their future college courses. To start, this course is designed to enable students to analyze and interpret complex texts in terms of authors’ rhetorical, stylistic and linguistic choices. Students will be writing analytical, expository and argumentative pieces that explore those choices in more depth. In addition, there will be a focus on moving students on to more sophisticated compositional structures in their approaches to process writing. In sum, this course is designed to give students a rigorous experience in both reading and analyzing well developed, thought-provoking writing. Students are required to take the A.P. test.

  • Early College Experience (ECE) English

Four credits. Instruction in academic writing through literary reading. Assignments emphasize interpretation, argumentation, and reflection. Revision of formal assignments and instruction on grammar, mechanics and style.

Health / Physical Education

  • Students learn about healthy lifestyles and choices for school years and beyond. This includes topics around nutrition, stress, and substance abuse. Students also practice life-saving skills (CPR) and learn about human reproduction. Physical education content includes basics of physical health as well as learning basic of common games and sports.


  • Algebra I - Honors only

Algebra I is a course providing experiential development of concepts and skills such as equation solving, graphing, algebraic functions and applications. The use of graphing calculators and integration with the Science Foundations courses will be incorporated where appropriate. The students’ ability to think, reason, and communicate about mathematics will be critical to their success.

  • Algebra II - Honors and College-Prep

Algebra II is a course intended for students who possess a strong foundation in geometry and algebra. It is designed to challenge students and provide depth commonly found in collegiate level courses. Students will gain experience with algebraic equations and inequalities, functions (linear, polynomial, rational, irrational), graphs, systems of equations and inequalities, linear programming, matrices and determinants. The use of graphing calculators will be incorporated where appropriate.

  • Geometry - Honors Only

College Preparatory Geometry is a course designed to meet the mathematics requirements for continued study of mathematics and college entrance. The material discussed is based on the work of Euclid. Metric, non-metric, plane and solid geometric topics will be discussed. A discovery approach is used in teaching the course. Proofs are an integral part, but not the focus of the course. A strong Algebra I background is recommended.

  • Pre-Calculus

This course is a rigorous study of functions and their properties. Trigonometric, polynomial, rational, radical, and exponential mathematical functions are studied indetail as well as sequences and series, vectors, parametric, and polar coordinates.  Development of integrated mathematical tools for applications to science will include more advanced levels of mathematical modeling. This course provides a strong foundation in functions and equations as they apply to both mathematical functions and models of science while preparing students to pursue calculus. Semesters 1 & 2.

  • Calculus

Calculus is a college level course with concepts, results and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. This course is designed to develop students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and to provide real-world experiences with its methods and applications. Based on a technology-rich discovery approach, this course explores calculus through the use of unifying themes of derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, and applications and modeling. A TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is required.

  • Statistics

This course is designed to provide an interactive learning environment of hands-on activities where students will discover statistical concepts, explore statistical properties, and apply statistical techniques. This course emphasizes active learning, conceptual understanding, genuine data, and the regular use of technology as a tool to analyze data and explore statistical phenomena. Based on a discovery approach, this course integrates statistical concepts with critical thinking and the necessary foundational mathematics. This inquiry-based approach supports the wide applicability of statistical methods and enhances the enjoyment of the material. A TI-83 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculator is required.

  • AP Statistics

This course provides an in-depth study of applied statistics. The focus is on four

major areas of statistical analysis:

1. Exploratory data analysis;

2. Planning a statistical study (including experimental design and sampling theory);

3. Probability modeling and simulation;

4. Statistical inference.

This course should be particularly valuable to students with interests in mathematics, engineering, life sciences, environmental science, and medicine. As part of the course work, each student will plan and conduct a substantial statistical study in an area of his or her interest. Students who successfully complete the course will be prepared to take the AP Statistics exam in May. Students are required to take the A.P. test.


  • Next Generation Science - Honors Only

Physical Science is a broad scoped course which offers an understanding of how our actions affect the world we live in. Students will acquire a broad foundation in scientific inquiry and conduct meaningful experiments including the collection, assessment and analysis of data, draw conclusions, and report their findings. Topics include: introduction to chemistry, polymers, properties of matter, energy/electricity, power plants, nuclear energy, alternative energy sources and pollution.

  • Biology - Honors Only

Foundations in Biology is a course designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of fundamental concepts and principles in the life sciences. Students will explore topics at the molecular, cellular, systemic, and organismal levels. Students will be required to apply their understanding of biological systems to pertinent  questions in the life sciences. Topics that will be covered include; the origin of life, cellular physiology, cellular interaction and organ system physiology, molecular and evolutionary genetics, organismal interactions and environmental biology.

  • Chemistry - Honors and College Prep

The coursework which will focus on the development of a strong foundation in chemistry and the understanding of the qualitative and quantitative means used to describe matter and the changes matter undergoes.  Chemical principles such as states of matter, atomic structure, nomenclature, aqueous reactions, bonding theory, electrons in atoms, the periodic table and periodic relationships will be covered. Chemical names and formulas, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry and behavior of gases as well as acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions will also be covered. Other topics may include aspects of organic chemistry, basic electrochemistry and equilibrium as well as nuclear chemistry.  Inquiry-based laboratory activities will be conducted and will involve the use of the state-of-the-art instrumentation.

  • Environmental Science

Environmental Science is a science course that seeks to investigate, in depth, current social issues such as Environmental interrelationships, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Risk/Economics and Energy and Civilization: Patterns of Consumption as well as address the scientific principles related to the field of environmental science.

  • Forensics

Forensic Science is designed to challenge students to think critically. This course is suitable for students of all ability levels as long as they have successfully completed Biology and Algebra I. The completion of a chemistry course is recommended but not required. The course will allow students to perform various activities such as blood typing, firearm visual evidence, spatter patterns, hair and fiber analysis and other hands-on activities. This course will provide an overview of the American legal system and process, and the application of forensics within that system. Concepts and techniques in physics, chemistry, biology, anthropology, math, and debate/argumentation will be explored and applied throughout the course. Students will apply their knowledge and skills in order to test and interpret evidence and present it in writing and orally.

  • Anatomy & Physiology

Students will learn about the structural organization of the human body and the underlying physiological process that are essential for maintaining homeostasis.  In the first part of this course, students will learn about structural organization of the human body and review basic aspects of chemistry of life (e.g. levels of chemical organization, chemical bonding, inorganic and organic chemistry including basic structure of organic molecules).  Organ systems will be covered in depth, and extended into discussion of medical conditions and mechanisms of disease. Systems to be covered will include the integumentary, endocrine, nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, lymphatic and immune systems.  Laboratory experiments will involve blood pressure analysis, measurement of oxygen consumption, membrane potentials, muscular movement and dissection of preserved organs and / or animals.

Arts Offerings

Arts Offerings

Arts Offerings

Arts Offerings

Arts Offerings

Arts Offerings

Arts Offerings

Arts Offerings

Creative Writing Concentration

  • Workshop 1

Beginning students will engage in close examination of the composition, content, subtext, reception and cultural impact of many texts by “reading” among and across poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction as well as strive to create their own within these genres.  A portion of class time will be dedicated to the exploration of existing works, while the other portion will be set aside to workshop the students’ own work.

  • Workshop 2

Intermediate students will read the work of writers from diverse time periods and cultures, which will be used as springboards and models for student work that will be discussed by the class.  Students will develop a literary vocabulary and learn to give and receive critical feedback in an ongoing effort to gain insight, perspective, and technique necessary for them to grow and develop as artists.

  • Workshop 3

Intermediate students will read the work of writers from diverse time periods and cultures,  which will be used as springboards and models for student work that will be discussed by the class.  Students will develop a literary vocabulary and learn to give and receive critical feedback in an ongoing effort to gain insight, perspective, and technique necessary for them to grow and develop as artists.

  • Workshop 4

Advanced students will read the work of writers from diverse time periods and cultures, which will be used as springboards and models for student work that will be discussed by the class.  Students will develop a literary vocabulary and learn to give and receive critical feedback in an ongoing effort to gain insight, perspective, and technique necessary for them to grow and develop as artists.

  • Exploratorium

Our reading interests will inspire our writing as we navigate the world of writing and literature together. Some of these texts – the ones that intrigue and engage us – will become our mentor texts, guiding us as we explore and examine the four “S’s”: subject, style, structure, and significance – the craft of writing -- and apply what we’ve discovered to our own writing.

  • Paintry and Poeting

This class is concerned with the relationship between art and writing. It is part studio art and art history, part writing and literature.  Students will consider the visuality of letters and words and consequently of their own writing. They will explore this by creating work through different media (drawing, collage, painting, photography, computer), and study the work of writers and artists from the past and present.

  • Vital Writing

This class will explore essays, a genre which offers students the opportunity to discover and express their world(s) in their own words.  Readings will include authors from the distant past (Seneca, Samuel Johnson, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald), the recent past (George Orwell, Jorge Luis Borges, James Baldwin, Annie Dillard) and the present.  Students will investigate a wide variety of styles and topics, which will be discussed and may be used as models, and create work culled from their lives, experiences and opinions.

  • Writing around the World

In this class, students will read works by international authors, discuss not only the texts themselves but study the cultures the authors are coming from, and write our own short stories set in those cultures.

  • A Novel Class

This class is concerned with a close analysis of the elements, structure, and technique of novels with a focus on the success or failure of plot, voice/tone, character, diction, figurative language, and theme. Students will read novels aloud in class and discuss their findings.

  • Fiction Writing

Students will learn to closely analyze short stories for structure, genre, character development and statement. Using published stories as models, students will create their own short fiction, focusing first on craft. Extensive revision will follow.

  • Mythology

This class will explore classical mythology in order to inspire themes and characters in students' poems and stories. The class will also look at a variety of modern and contemporary works that have been inspired by or written in response to the myths being studied. Students will then have the opportunity to research and study the myths of a culture of their own choosing and produce response pieces based on that work.

  • Poetry from Poetry

In this course, students are exposed to a variety of poets (e.g. Frank O'Hara, William Carlos Williams, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, etc.) in order to explore an array of styles and techniques. After becoming familiar with each poet, students write poems inspired by that poet's work. Overall, the course encourages students to experiment with the styles, themes, and voices of the poets studied in order to discover and develop deeper levels of their own poetic voices within their writing.

  • Looking In / Looking Out

In the first half, we will be "looking in" as a source for inspiration in finding words. Classes will include introductory guided visualization/breathing meditations, very simple movements with Qigong and yoga exercises to ground us, time to rest, recharge our batteries and reflect, and then time to write freely and share. The "Looking Out" half of this course will focus on found poetry and will give students the opportunity to explore the world around them as inspiration for generating new work.

  • Literature From Within

In this class we will read powerful and provocative plays, stories, poems, and essays. We read not for the "right answers" in analyzing, but as writers, asking questions of the texts. Why do writers make the decisions they do?  How do their choices impact you as the reader? The class will help students connect to literature from within: by going both deep into the texts, and into articulating their own experiences.

  • Down Your Streets

In this class we will define landscape as being both inner and outer, and we will explore the question: Where are you from? Through studying literary models and engaging in student-driven project and writing exercises, we will see how effectively writers address landscape (both physical and emotional) and setting in their work. We will explore how a "place" can be an emotion, a memory, a pivotal, life-changing event, a religion, etc. Models read will include the groundbreaking work of Puerto Rican writer Piri Thomas' "Down These Mean Streets", Betty Smith's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", Langston Hughes, Mary Oliver, James Joyce.

  • Publication and Performance

The development of your voice and the furthering of your work beyond the walls of the classroom is the focus of this class. Students will consider the possibilities of reaching a wider audience through print or the internet, presenting work before an audience, and considering themselves not just “student” artists.

Dance Concentration

  • Ballet I/II

focusing on the development of vocabulary, understanding the theory behind the technique, reinforcing alignment, use of turnout, and basic coordination. New elements are added individually, and are not combined with other elements until completely mastered.

  • Ballet III/IV

This class builds upon the course work of Ballet I/II and focuses on increasingly complex elements, with an emphasis on supporting side strength, proper transfer of weight and foot articulation.  Theory becomes more significant, and will be tested along with vocabulary and there is more of a focus on grand allegro, flexibility and strength. Connections to ballet history are explored.

  • Modern I/II

This class will introduce students to the basic elements of modern dance.  It will introduce correct alignment, vocabulary and movement common in all styles of modern dance technique. It will focus on strength, coordination, flexibility, use of breath, core support and use of space.  The dancer will discover and support the body’s center of weight and learn connections within the body.

  • Modern III/IV

This class builds on the principles developed in Modern I/II. Concepts of breath, core support, alignment, rotation, phrasing and spatial intent will be the focus. Through the class students have the opportunity to develop kinesthetic awareness, proper body alignment, physical strength, flexibility, endurance, and care of the body while exploring expressive movement through advancing modern technique.

  • Improvisation

Students will learn to find and follow their own creative movement impulses. Trusting and guiding their instincts, and those of others, is encouraged. The skills of collaborating and ensemble building, while spontaneously creating, are critical to the focus of this course. The emphasis is on finding ways to inspire spontaneously improvised movement responses through the use of a variety of provided sources (such as music, props, poetry).

  • Composition

This course allows students to study the fundamental methods of creating choreography. It will introduce key vocabulary and exercises that are prevalent in composition work including: space, body, shape, timing, dynamics, intent, compositional phrase elements and giving feedback. Students will work both individually and collaboratively on various composition work that will increase in length and complexity as the year progresses. This work is performed and discussed. Students learn how to describe their work and that of others through the use of choreographic terminology and artistic criteria to support productive feedback.

  • Electives 

Electives offered in dance are meant to broaden the students’ experience and provide an opportunity to gain knowledge in different dance styles.

Graphic Design Concentration

  • 2D/3D Illustration Fundamentals

This course focuses on how to approach drawing and compositional design as a means of storytelling. Using architecture for environmental reference and figure models, students also explore effects of the human form in relative space.

  • Advanced Illustration

Students will continue to explore applications in drawing and illustration related to traditional and digital technology. Assignments will present industry specific problems, which encourage students to examine the transition from conceptualization to execution.

  • Sequential Art Design

This course is an introduction to the ever-changing medium of illustration in all its capacities. Through practical application of the Elements and Principles of Design, students become exposed to and experience book illustration, editorial, sequential art, concept art, and character development. The relationship of Illustration with other fields such as Animation, Graphic Design and Painting will also be examined.

  • Introduction to Photoshop

This course is for students interested in developing their knowledge in the most up to date Adobe Photoshop Suite (APS). APS is a complex graphics and image editing software, and paint program.  This course will incorporate the Elements and Principles of Design in to the methods and techniques associated with APS.

  • Digital Illustration

This course introduces students to Computer Graphics, and explores Adobe Illustrator by using a drafting tablet for creation and manipulation, effects, graphic illustration techniques, and typographic functions in applying the computer graphics medium to problem solving in graphic design.

  • Advertising Design

Students will investigate various forms of visual communication in advertising, history of design and understand the significance of print production processes.  From cave painting to virtual reality environments, students will be introduced to how advertising is communicated through different perspectives; personal, critical-cultural, ethical, aesthetic and historical.

  • Digital Storytelling

Students will learn how to tell personal stories by incorporating found and created imagery through sequential video illustrations.  Techniques explored in this course will include digital photography, editing, audio and visual effects in iMovie, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

  • Digital Photography

Students in this class will be introduced to the fundamentals of digital photography and the technical aspects involved with using a digital camera. Students will learn how to up load images, proper use of storage and manipulation of imagery through Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

  • Digital Portfolio

This course will further explore more unique, personal and conceptual approaches. Students will have the opportunity to experiment within each project. A responsible student will become familiar with traditional and digital mediums, the means of creating and delivering art, the history of illustration and design, and the expectations of working as an artist in the field.

  • Expressive Arts and Cultures

This class explores the "how, where and who" of artmaking in our community, both at school and just outside our doors. We discuss different approaches to artmaking and how it reflects our culture then and travel to venues to see art made and exhibited. You will be exposed to the diverse world of art accessible in our local community.

  • Books by Design

This hands-on class pushes the limits about the physical nature of the book and offers students an opportunity to make their own artwork from old books.  Students will explore collage, mixed media, painting, sculpture and writing - emphasizing the three-dimensional form. The goal is to challenge the physical properties of a book and connect the artwork to the book's content with personal intention. This class is designed for students to be as exploratory and as inventive as possible. Students may also create their own book structures from found and unconventional materials (newspaper, paper bags, fabrics, cardboard, etc.).

  • Mixed Media

This class will introduce students to methods of “seeing” and creating through the visual arts. The students will be exposed to different artists and their artistic styles of interpretations in the creative process. The class will then be encouraged to respond with their own visual stories by experimenting and taking risks with their own work. A variety of techniques and materials (and also writing about their art) will be incorporated into class activities to expand the students’ artistic vocabularies and thus inform their writing through their hands-on experiences.

Media Production Track

  • Digital Fundamentals

An introductory course that offers a survey of Media Arts: Print design, Web Design and Video.  Students will use real-life projects to embrace design elements and develop their own style as a designer in each medium. Projects are completed in Photoshop, InDesign and Adobe Illustrator.

  • Filmmaking

Students will learn how to tell a story cinematically. Students will also learn how to watch actively and interpret visual metaphors. The first half of the year students will focus on documentary techniques. The second half of the year students will write their own short fiction stories and then film them.

  • Sound Recording

This course is focused on training students to learn the art of sound recording as well as mixing and mastering. Students will become an asset for other performers within the student body and will run like an audio production business.

  • Screenwriting

Within the classroom discussions, analysis of films, and assigned readings students will strengthen their understanding of the structural elements behind a screenplay. Learning about plot, characters, setting, and format, students will become familiar with the general guiding principles and processes of dramatic structure and character development. They will learn how to execute an idea into a full story and write a short film of their own.

  • Producing the Series

In this class we will compare and contrast the differences between film and television as well as the structure and elements that define them both. We will learn character

development, cliffhangers and an overall page-turning style of writing. As an entire class we will also produce our own media series and work with the puppetry students to record our own pilot episodes.

  • Idea to Image

The bulk of the course will involve analyzing film techniques and learning the fundamentals of research and development. Students will pitch ideas and stories that are important to them, they will then engage in forming a simple thought into an entire concept and learning investigative techniques to better the execution. We will review script breakdowns and film language on our journey from idea to image.

  • Personal Narrative

This class explores the interactivity and narrative of digital media through the creation of audio and video projects. We will examine digital media as a tool for seeing, exploring, expressing and social critique. By analyzing literature, films, video games and interactive artworks, we will look at the various forms of dynamic storytelling in relationship to memory and personal narrative.


  • Electronic Sound Production

Electronic sound focuses on contemporary exploration of sound as an art form. Ranging from live sound to synthetic all the way to audio design (sound design). This course focuses on the studio and now present portable studio. Students will explore mic techniques as well as midi. Students will also discover possibilities within mixing and mastering.

  • Courses TO BE WRITTEN
  • Keyboard
  • Audio Engineering
  • App Development
  • Coding
  • Game Design
  • Animation

Music Track

  • Songwriting

This class provides students with a solid background in the art and craft of songwriting. Students will study the elements of songwriting: lyrics, rhythm, melody, harmony, and song structure. Students will work on their original compositions through a series of group and solo activities.

  • Academy Therapy Band -  

Academy Therapy Band is a traveling music and dance company.  In class, students will learn how to play music as an ensemble.  Instruments will include drum set, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and vocals.  Students will explore a variety of music and dance styles, including swing, salsa, country, African and pop.  The students will prepare a repertoire of songs (cover tunes and originals).  The intention of the ensemble is to involve the ‘host community’ through dance, movement, musical and vocal expression.

  • Collaborations -  

Students work in small groups on creative musical projects.  Students are provided with drum set, guitar, bass guitar, pianos, percussion and microphone sound system.  Students share their work in class and at ‘share days’.

  • Classical Ensemble I / String Ensemble

Students will rehearse and perform pieces from the String Orchestra repertoire. Instruments include: Violin, Viola, Cello  and String Bass.

  • Classical Ensemble II / Wind Ensemble:

Instrumentation to include, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion.

  • Film Scoring:

In this class students will collaborate with student filmmakers to provide musical backgrounds to their videos. Scoring will be done on Mac computers using the “Logic Pro” software program.

  • Vocal Ensemble l, Chorus:

Students in this ensemble will sing in a large chorus setting rehearsing standard high school level material. All vocal levels and voice parts are welcome; Soprano, Alto Tenor and Bass.

  • Vocal Ensemble II, A Capella Voices:

This vocal ensemble will learn songs without instrumental accompaniment. They will model themselves after popular groups such as Pentatonix, Straight no Chaser and Take Six.

  • Musical Theater Vocal:

In this class, students will focus on the Musical Theater approach to the Great American Songbook through solo and ensemble work. Students will also work on movement and acting for singers to further implement character study and development.

Extracurricular Offerings


  • National Honor Society
  • CT Youth Forum
  • PRIDE Club
  • Others TBD