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The Academy for Arts and Communication


The Academy for Arts and Communication strives to provide rigorous and relevant course offerings to a diverse student population. Members of this academy will receive a personalized plan of study in designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design and journalism. Students entering this academy generally have a natural talent or interest in the arts, performing arts or communication.



A wide array of coursework is available for students pursing this academy. Below is a selection of courses. Students must enroll and satisfactorily complete 6.0 credits from the list outlined below.


    • Wind Symphony
    • Symphonic Band
    • Jazz Band
    • Orchestra
    • Chorus Music Theory
    • Advanced Music
    • AP Music Theory
    • Introduction to Theater
    • Acting & Stage Production
    • Children’s Dramatics


    • Film-making 1, 2, 3 or 4
    • TV Production 1, 2, 3 or 4
    • Sports Broadcasting
    • Journalism 1 or 2
    • Yearbook
    • Technology Conventions of Writing
    • Creative Writing
    • CHS Argumentation
    • Speech


    • Digital Art
    • Graphics
    • Photography 1, 2, 3 or 4
    • Studio Art 1 or 2
    • Sculpture 1 or 2
    • Pottery 1 or 2
    • Digital Design 1 or 2
    • CHS Pottery
    • AP Studio Art - Pottery/3D
    • AP Studio Art - Drawing
    • AP Studio Art - 2D Photography
    • AP Art History

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities play a significant role in the high school experience. Students who participate in clubs and activities are exposed to a group of peers who share additional interests. Leadership and socialization skills are further emphasized and provides opportunities for students to apply their newly acquired curricular skills to real world activities. Students who are involved with the Academy for Arts and Communication should strongly consider the following clubs and activities:

  • American Sign Language
  • Cheerleading
  • Choir
  • Dance Team
  • Drama Club
  • Graphics Club
  • Marching Band Spectrum
  • Majorettes
  • Multi-Media Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Orchestra
  • Norhian, Yearbook
  • Photography Club
  • Pottery Club
  • Literary & Arts Magazine
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