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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District


Freestyle Academy

At Freestyle, the Academy of Communication Arts and Technology, students develop skills in effective written, oral, and visual communication, and work with the latest multimedia technology to find outlets for creative expression.  Freestyle welcomes Juniors and Seniors who will be assigned to an AM or PM schedule at Freestyle. Students assigned in the afternoon take their classes on the home high school campus in the morning. Students assigned to the morning program at Freestyle return to their high school campus for classes in the afternoon.  Rather than emphasizing lectures, quizzes, and tests, classes at Freestyle rely on project-based learning and real world experiences to engage students in learning.
Project-based learning allows the traditional English and Fine Arts curricula to be combined with 21st century skills, which include self direction, creativity, and teamwork.  A typical project may ask students to write a research paper and then adapt it as a documentary, or write a short story and perform it as a radio show, complete with sound effects and musical score. Students will use the latest technology to become producers, not just consumers, of media.  All projects require students to use the latest multimedia software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Final Cut Pro.
Freestyle is positioned to take advantage of the opportunities available in Silicon Valley.  Students learn from experienced teachers with strong backgrounds in the media arts.  Guest speakers, field trips, and project work bridges the gap that often exists between school and “the real world.”  Students have the opportunity to participate in internships or job shadowing. Freestyle receives support from many Silicon Valley Industry partners such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe.
Classes at Freestyle meet UC/CSU requirements for English and Fine Arts.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive 10 credits in each of the following areas:  English, Fine Arts, and Electives.  The Academy is designed as a two-year program, with possibilities for advanced work in the 2nd year.