Arts and Academics

ACADEMIC RIGOR THROUGH THE ARTS

Welcome to A3’s Arts and Academics Campus. A3 features a strong academic program with a focus on visual and performing arts.

A3 students work in learning teams across curriculums of Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies), Inquiries(Math and Science) and visual and performing art to create project demonstrations that are examples of project based learning.

In addition to their classes, students work with guest artists from the community, take part in daily writing groups, and integrate internships and public demonstrations into their learning. Students also have the opportunity to take both college prep classes as well as receive credit for college level course work. To learn more, please visit our College Connections page.

At the end of each semester students produce and present “Confluence.”  Confluence is a whole school public demonstration that features work from the arts core and academic classes. The event is multiple nights and features work from all students in all areas. The public and families are always invited to attend.

Majors

A3 students are expected to declare a “major” or “focus” area of study by the end of their sophomore year, either in an arts or in an academic curriculum.  Sophomores and Juniors present “juried reviews” before committees of teachers and professional artists or professors from UO or LCC that feature an emphasis on their chosen major.  Students who distinguish themselves in their presentations receive “Honor” status and are recognized at an all school event on the last day of school.  Current major areas (and it is possible for students to “double” major) include:

  • Theatre Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Music (Vocal, Instrumental, or Composition)
  • Media Arts
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Science, Math, Engineering, & Math (STEM)
  • Health Occupations
  • Liberal Arts