The elective courses offered at the Academy provide cadets with the opportunity to develop their interests while maintaining a balanced academic schedule. These classes encourage intellectual curiosity and independent thought. Courses span many areas of study – from video production to exercise physiology. There is truly something for everyone, with courses designed to engage cadets of all interests and learning types. In addition to the extensive Visual and Performing Arts electives, the following courses are available as electives.
Elective classes follow the same academic standards as other courses at the Academy. They promote personal initiative, organization, time management, effective communication, and positive interpersonal relationships. These courses are critical for academic engagement and motivation.
ESL Advanced Grammar for Non-Native English Speakers (Semester 1) – 9th through 12th grades
Currently Under Review for UC Course Approval – One Semester
Advanced Grammar for non-native English speakers is designed to facilitate students in making the transition into English for academic purposes. The course introduces advanced grammar conventions for non-native speakers and emphasizes standard usage. Topics include: Parts of speech, clauses, verb forms and tenses, pronoun case and sentence type.
Art – 9th through 12th grade – UC Approved Visual and Performing Art Course – Full Year
Art will have the cadet develop creative artistic work through a variety of materials and techniques. Cadets will be introduced to the artistic concepts of line, color, space, form, shape, and texture. There will be a range of 2-D and 3-D work taught including painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture. The cadet will have written and oral critiques of artwork.
Intermediate Art – 10th through 12th grade – UC Approved Visual and Performing Art Course – Full Year
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Beginning Art or instructor approval. Intermediate Art will explore further the skills developed in Beginning Art. In particular, line and gesture drawing, shading, shape, value, space, texture, the color spectrum, and perspective are among the topics explored. The course is divided into one unit that examines art analysis and three units that combine the study of the above topics with the study of notable artists. Cadets are prepared for continued art study in either AP Art or Art History and in their post-secondary studies, if they desire.
AP Studio Art – 10th through 12th grade – UC Approved Honors Course – Full Year
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Intermediate Art and instructor approval. AP Art is oriented toward cadets who excel in art and want to develop a body of work in a single area of concentration. Cadets are expected to develop that concentration to a depth and breadth sufficient to submit an AP Art portfolio in May.
Photography – 9th through 12th grade – UC Approved Visual and Performing Art Course-Full Year
Photography will use black-and-white photography for the purpose of providing fundamental instruction in camera types and usage, film processing and printing, design elements and principles, and sociological and historical significance of the art.
Guitar – 9th through 12th grades – UC-Approved Visual and Performing Art Course – Full Year
Pre-requisite: Instructor approval. The objective of Guitar is for the cadet to acquire basic performance skills on the guitar. In the process he will learn the fundamentals of music theory and musical literacy; he will become familiar with different musical styles and techniques. His success in the course will give him a firm grounding for further musical study.
Music Technology – 10th through 12th grades – UC Approved Visual and Performing Art Course – Full Year
Music Technology will provide the cadet with an understanding of music fundamentals and computer software that facilitates music making. Cadets will learn basic piano skills and apply computer technology to the creation of musical arrangements.
Band – 9th through 12th grades – UC Approved Course – Full Year
The band class will provide a foundation for musical literacy and instrumental proficiency. Cadets will be given a thorough grounding in pitch, scales, melody, harmony, meter and rhythm, texture, dynamics, articulation, and form as they learn to play a band instrument. This will be accomplished through research, written and oral presentations, and performances. Music theory will also be introduced to further enhance student musicianship. Cadets will thoroughly understand the cultural and artistic relevance of band throughout history and the role of band in today’s culture
Advanced Marching Band – 9th through 12th grades – UC-Approved Visual and Performing Art Course – Full Year
Pre-requisite: Instructor approval. The Advanced Band class will provide a foundation in musical literacy and instrumental proficiency. Course topics include pitch, melody, harmony, meter and rhythm, texture, dynamics, articulation, form, music vocabulary, and performance. The principles with each topic can be applied to the variety of musical pieces that the cadets learn to play. The difference between the two high school levels of Band is the cadet’s level of instrumental proficiency. Moreover, all cadets in this class will be required to participate in the Academy’s parades as part of the marching band, in the two concerts performed each year, and in other performances on and off the Academy campus.
Video Production – 9th through 12th grades – UC Approved Course – Full Year
Video production is a course designed for students to learn the elements and techniques to produce news-style packages, multi-camera broadcasts, short films, highlight films, cover events, and produce a DVD yearbook,. Students will use contemporary vocabulary, protocol and skills. Students will learn to write scripts, storyboard, schedule, communicate with talent and production, use appropriate sound and lighting, camera techniques and editing. A variety of news broadcasts, film and readings will be evaluated for use in student productions. Students will learn to critique their own work, and that of peers and professionals. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which news broadcasts and films are connected to history as well as to other art forms, subject areas, and careers.
Yearbook – 9th through 12th grades – Full Year
Yearbook will have cadets produce a high quality yearbook for the cadets, the patrons, and the staff of ANA to read and enjoy for years to come. During the course of the school year, cadets will learn the importance of personal interviewing, journalistic writing, taking photographs, creating layout and design, and meeting predetermined deadlines. They will also learn to combine journalistic integrity with the financial end of producing a well-crafted and timely publication.
Middle School Art – 7th or 8th grade – One Semester
This course will serve as an introduction to Art, specifically designed for Middle School Students. Students will develop artistic work through a variety of materials and techniques. Students will be introduced to the beginning artistic concepts of line, color, space, form, shape, and texture.
ESL Advanced Writing for Non-Native Speakers – 9th through 12th grades – Currently Under Review for UC Course Approval – One Semester
Advanced Writing for non-native English speakers is designed to facilitate students in making the transition into academic writing in English. Students will explore the writing process and will focus on the English language mechanics and usage skills necessary for effective written communication.
Middle School Band – 7th or 8th grade – Full Year
The objective of the Middle School Band class is to provide a foundation for musical literacy and instrumental proficiency. Cadets will be given a thorough grounding in pitch, scales, melody, harmony, meter and rhythm, texture, dynamics, articulation, and form, as they learn to play a band instrument. Students with previous band experience will have the opportunity to work on additional musical projects in the early part of the course and will be excellent role models and mentors for the students with no previous experience.
ESL (English as a Second Language) – 9th through 12th grades – UC Approved Course – Full Year
This literature based course is designed to develop students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the English Language. Emphasis is placed on the active reading strategies, study skills, and academic language functions needed to access the English Language Arts Standards and the content curriculum. This class is designed to facilitate the transition into mainstream English. One unit of an ESL course may be taken which satisfies a cadet’s English curricular requirement. ESL courses may also be taken within a cadet’s course of study to better support his learning.