CHSDA is an open enrollment, non-audition, non-portfolio school, where core courses are integrated with the digital arts.
- Digital Arts:
- Recording Arts Technology
Recording arts is a digital arts elective at CHSDA which focuses on the art of creating electronic music and audio manipulation through the use of professional sound hardware and digital audio workstation software. The student learns everything from the science of sound, to the conversion of sound from analog energy (what we hear) to digital signal (what we see on the computer screen). Upon completion of the courses for each grade level, students will have a portfolio of finished recorded works including spoken word, sound design, sound post production for video, and original vocal and instrumental music. In addition to the technical skills learned in Recording Arts, students will also be given the experience of working collaboratively with peers to achieve greater feats of success.
- Digital Film Making
Students are able to experience major roles on a film set. Each student will produce, write, direct, shoot, light, run sound, act, and edit individual exercises aligned with core curriculum. The students will also produce and create one culminating project that connects with core subjects and reaches out into the community. Students will also have opportunities to work with professionals, obtain internships, and create products that will be used by the larger community and organizations.
- Video Game Design
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. " - Carl Jung
Video Game Design at the CHSDA challenges students to transform everyday ideas and classroom conversations into booming interactive works of art. We embrace our inner child while asking big questions. Unlike other classroom setups we have some of the best equipment for college level game production. Students use these machines everyday for creative problem solving and individual expression. Participating in the design of games provides students a strong foundation in 21st century skills. Here at the CHSDA we push to graduate designers, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
- Graphic Design
This course is an exploration of the creative potential, nature, and use of computer imaging, typography, layout, and design programs as an artist's tool. Throughout this course, students will use programs such as Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Photoshop, and Illustrator to convert ideas, information, and emotions into successful design. Students will learn computer illustration techniques, image manipulation, photography, graphic design, and visual literacy. These tools will help students to express and present themselves visually throughout their high school career and beyond.
- Mathematics: Students work to master the following competencies: problem solving, mathematical arguments and reasoning, modeling, and mathematical connections.
- Algebra I is the study of real numbers and their properties; linear, quadratic and exponential functions; equations and expressions; and statistics.
- Geometry is the study of congruence of triangles, similarity of triangles based on dilations and proportional reasoning, applications of circumference, area, and volume formulas, proofs, basic geometric theorems, and probability.
- Algebra II is the study of various types of functions, their representations, real world problems, and inferential statistic
- Science: Students work to master the following competencies: leading scientific investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, and developing and using models.
- Physical Science is the study of the scientific method, matter, energy and waves, forces and motion, and the universe.
- Biology is the study of organisms, cellular biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and human biology, as well as develop lab skills.
- Chemistry is the study of atomic and and molecular structure, chemical bonding, chemical equations, gas laws, and kinetics.
- English: Students work to master the following competencies: reading literature andinformational texts and writing informative and writing narrative texts.
- English I, English II, and English III is the study of written and literary genres, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, literary response, writing strategies, speaking skills/discussions, and grammar.
- History: Students work to master the following competencies: evaluate change, continuity, and context, analyzing perspectives, evaluating historical sources and evidence, and analyzing causation and argumentation.
- World History is the study of the rise of nations, post revolutions, and examine their impacts on the world through the rise of imperialism which leads to worldwide tensions causing World War I, World War II, and finally the Cold War.
- American History is the study of industrialization and progressivism, foreign affairs from imperialism to post-World War I, prosperity, depression and the New Deal, the Cold War, social transformations in the UnitedStates and post-Cold War World.
- American Government is the study of basic principles of the U.S. constitution, Ohio's state and local governments, civic participation and skills, structure and functions oft he federal government, the role of people, public policy and the economy.