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.
Warrior Aviation Course
Warrior Aviation Course
Citing the growing shortage of pilots over the next few years, the Army and Navy Academy is launching a four-year aviation training program in the 2018-19 school year, designed to stimulate interest in an aviation career for the high-school age Cadets and prepare them to pursue further training after graduating. The University of California-approved Warrior Aviation Course (WAC) will connect aviation and aeronautics, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses with other core subject curriculum to prepare Cadets for future careers as certified pilots of commercial and military aircraft as well as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones. Cadets will also receive college credits to help them pursue aviation at a four-year college or university.
Cadets enrolled in this four-year program will learn about different aspects of flight, aviation, and aerospace from a certified pilot and instructor. The course will provide Cadets with a comprehensive curriculum and ground school on scientific theory and practice, with the ultimate goal of passing the FAA Private Pilot Exam. This course will serve as a prerequisite for the Instrument Pilot course.
By enrolling your Cadet in our Warrior Aviation Program, you are guaranteeing him a head start on the path to a very successful college experience and future career. Cadets will not only be prepared to take and pass the Private Pilot written exam, but will be thoroughly prepared for college, future leadership roles, and a possible career in the Aviation sector. Completion of the course should also ultimately lead to Cadet’s earning their Pilot’s Pilot License.
Additional information on the Warrior Aviation Course is available by contacting Dean Segovia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Warrior Aviation Course – Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
*NEW in 2020-2021 – more information coming soon
*NEW in 2020-2021*
Cyber Security is an introductory course designed to challenge the cadet to think about technology from a new perspective. In our current world young people are bombarded with apps and software designed to monopolize their attention. Cyber Security will demonstrate the inner workings of modern computer technology and demonstrate to cadets the concept of user control and responsibility. The course will use problem solving, applied mathematics, information technology, and computer programming to teach the concepts of encryption, software and hardware security, social engineering, and most importantly ethics. The course will participate in the Cyber Patriot competitions hosted by the USAF JROTC program to test our skills, and get hands-on experience defending a computer system from an organized attack. This may require virtual attendance for weekend competitions during the Fall and Winter. The course will begin by covering the history of code making and code breaking, before moving onto the Linux Operating system, the command line, case studies of recent cyber security attacks, and training for the Cyber Patriot competitions. Along the way we will introduce and implement basic programs using Python and Shell scripting. In order to take this class you need to agree to uphold and defend a strong ethically based code of conduct.
Video Game Development
Video Game Development
*NEW in Spring 2021*
Game Development will take the cadet through the entire process of designing and creating a video game, with the primary focus on programming a two dimensional game playable in a web browser. The course will begin with a brief overview of the history of game design, and move quickly into research and the design process. Students will be required to produce a game “one-sheet” that will sell their idea, along with a road map and journal to detail their plan as it progresses. Next, students will use digital content creation tools like Blender and Photoshop to create basic artistic assets, before jumping into programming the user interface and gameplay of their chosen project. Once the first version of their idea is complete we will iterate through two more design stages, receiving feedback from the instructor, fellow cadets, design mentors, and friends and family. With each iteration of the design the cadet will have more freedom to pursue their own creation. The course will truly blend research, writing, design, problem solving, applied mathematics, and computer programming. With the goal of applying all of the academic lessons learned to create something unique and meaningful. This year specific software tools will depend on availability of on campus computers, network and hardware. It is not required that you have your own computer, but depending on the tools you desire to use it may be helpful.
Visual and Performing Art – High School
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 Army and Navy Academy 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.
ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) – 9th through 12th grades
ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) – 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 ESOL course may be taken which satisfies a cadet’s English curricular requirement. ESOL courses may also be taken within a cadet’s course of study to better support his learning.
ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) Advanced Grammar
ESOL 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.
ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) Advanced Writing
ESOL 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.
Art - Middle School
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.
Band - Middle School
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.