The Mustang Media Communications Academy Learning Center is a small team of learners who spend three of their seven courses in the academy. The Academy combines social studies, language arts and video production in a three-period, integrated, standards-based and project-based curriculum. This program focuses on video production and skills using industry-standard computer applications such as FinalCut Pro, Photoshop and InDesign. Students create various types of videos such as: public service announcements, commercials, short films, documentaries, roll-ins for our campus morning news, as well as contest entries for local and national video contests. We also produce the school’s campus-wide morning news, so students also learn the skills needed in a television news broadcast environment. Students also produce the campus newspaper.
All seniors enrolled in the Communications Academy will complete a senior project within the Arts & Communications Capstone course. The senior project consists of a research paper, video documentary, and a formal presentation to a panel. Students who complete the senior project, meet the course requirements, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA will earn a Board of Education Honors diploma upon graduation.
Communications Academy graduates do not necessarily go on to the film industry or other media professions, but the program definitely creates a strong base in effective teamwork, 21st century skills, and project management. Our students often say they learned to work well in groups of very diverse people - a skill that can be invaluable in any job setting. We do have some students that go on to work in television broadcasting, movie production or journalism. One thing we are most proud of is that our close-knit learning community creates something though that many students do not forget; strong bonds with adults in our school as well an environment where students feel secure and welcomed.