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  • 2D Art + Design

    2D Art + Design encourages students to explore all 2D art-making mediums and techniques, including drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and digital design. Students will work with wet and dry mediums, and some projects will incorporate the laser cutter and school-issued laptops. This course is perfect for students interested in drawing-focused careers such as fashion design, illustration and animation. This is a one-semester course. Prerequisites: Art I. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9-12.
  • AP 2-D Art & Design

    AP 2-D Art and Design gives students the opportunity to create and submit a portfolio to the AP Board for evaluation and hopefully college credit. Students will refine their personal voice through the completion of student-driven projects and critiques resulting in a collection of works demonstrating a “Sustained Investigation.” This course involves the advanced application of skills and techniques in students' specified area of study such as photography, illustration or graphic design. Note: all students enrolled in this course must submit their portfolios for the AP exam in the spring semester. Prerequisites: Honors Art + Design. Eligible Grade Level(s): 12.
  • AP Drawing

    AP Drawing gives students the opportunity to create and submit a portfolio of 24 works to the AP Board for evaluation and hopefully college credit. Key aspects of this course include “Breadth,” which covers a variety of works, and “Concentration,” which entails the sustained investigation of an idea. Students will further develop their own personal “voice” through the completion of student-driven projects and critiques. This course involves the advanced application of skills and techniques in students' specified area of study. Note: all students enrolled in this course must submit their portfolios for the AP exam in the spring semester. Prerequisites: Art I, Art II, and Art III or Honors Art + Design. Eligible Grade Level(s): 12.
  • AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

    AP 3-D Art and Design gives students the opportunity to create and submit a portfolio to the AP Board for evaluation and hopefully college credit. Students will refine their personal voice through the completion of student-driven projects and critiques resulting in a collection of works demonstrating a “Sustained Investigation.” This course involves the advanced application of skills and techniques in students' specified area of study such as metals, ceramics, architecture or fiber. Note: all students enrolled in this course must submit their portfolios for the AP exam in the spring semester. Prerequisites: Honors Art + Design. Eligible Grade Level(s): 12.
  • Digital Media

    Digital Media provides students with the opportunity to learn digital art-making tools. From photography to programs within Adobe's Creative Suite, students will explore image-making methods, graphic design, and animation. This class is perfect for students interested in digital art-making careers such as photography, graphic design, advertising, film and animation. This is a one-semester course. Prerequisites: none. Eligible Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12.
  • Eagle Band

    Eagle Band facilitates the development of students’ quality characteristic sound on their instruments. During this performance-based course, students will develop music reading skills, as well as an understanding of musical notation, playing posture and proper tone production. Students will seek to produce a quality sound from their specific instruments and develop better music reading skills throughout the course. Prerequisites: 2+ Years Playing Experience. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9-12
  • Grades 10-12 Choir

    Grades 10-12 Choir helps students become confident in their singing by learning vocal technique and choral singing skills. Students will gain experience in choral singing by participating in required concerts. Students will develop in their ability to sing confidently, listen, communicate and collaborate with one another. This course can be taken for one or two semesters. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 10-12.
  • Grades 10-12 Honors Choir

    Grades 10-12 Honors Choir continues to develop students’ vocal technique, music reading and choral singing skills. This course requires previous choral experience and instructor approval. Students will improve in their confidence while singing a designated part. Students will also learn listening skills for blend, balance and intonation, while they also sing a more challenging choral repertoire. Prerequisites: Director Approval. Eligible Grade Level(s): 10-12.
  • Honors Art + Design

    Honors Art + Design provides students with an in-depth exploration of art history and the elements and principles of art in theory. Students will experiment with higher-level techniques and develop their skills in their preferred mediums and disciplines of choice, including 2D, 3D, Graphic Design or Photography. Students will skillfully apply what they have learned in their respective focus areas while also developing their personal voice within the medium. Prerequisites: Art I, Art II, or Film Photography and Departmental Approval. Eligible Grade Level(s): 10-12.
  • Honors Eagle Band

    Honors Eagle Band enables students to become better musicians within the context of a challenging, rewarding and exciting course. Students will continue to develop in their proficiency with their specific instruments. This course will assist students with improving at their music reading skills. It will also help them to prepare for auditions. Attendance at specific events and concerts is mandatory for this course. Prerequisites: Director Recommendation (Based on Audition and Interview). Eligible Grade Level(s): 9-12.
  • Honors Marching Band

    Honors Marching Band develops a student's talent and love for music through performances with a wide variety of styles of music and instruments (woodwind, brass or percussion). The band performs in many campus activities including football and basketball games, pep rallies, Chapel and concerts. Students compete at the district and state levels by participating in TPSMEA All State Band auditions. Prerequisites: Director Approval. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9-12.
  • Honors Theatrical Performance

    Honors Theatrical Performance is a class for students in all grade levels who seek to be cast in both the fall drama and spring musical in principal roles. This performance-based course involves in-depth character analysis and play development for the fall drama and spring musical. Additionally, each show setting will be analyzed historically. Costumes, sound, set and lighting will be student-designed within period parameters. Specific scene breakdowns will be developed and blocked, vocals will be taught and analyzed for character development and choreography will be taught and reinforced for character study. Furthermore, the Festival of Christmas is blocked and made performance-ready for the all-school event during this course. Prerequisites: Audition. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9-12.
  • Introduction to Art + Design

    Introduction to Art + Design offers students the opportunity to explore multiple art-making techniques and mediums. This course introduces students to art history and the elements and principles of art in theory. Students then apply these elements and principles through a variety of mediums in both 2D and 3D forms. This course gives students a lot of variety as they develop basic skills in drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking and digital art. This is a one-semester course. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9-12.
  • Marching Band

    Marching Band develops a student's talent and love for music through performances with a wide variety of styles of music and instruments (woodwind, brass or percussion). The band performs in many campus activities including football and basketball games, pep rallies, Chapel and concerts. Prerequisites: Director Approval. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9-12.
  • Ninth Grade Choir

    Ninth Grade Choir helps students become confident in their singing by learning vocal technique and choral singing skills. Students will gain experience in choral singing by participating in required concerts. Students will develop in their ability to sing confidently, listen, communicate and collaborate with one another. This course can be taken for one or two semesters. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9.

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