Ninth graders create, perform, and film Ted Talks answering the essential question “How do I experience change?”.Sophomore students create their own products, custom jingles, commercials, and logos for their business using quadratic functions, knowledge of the Great Depression to bring their pitches to the sharks to life. Grade 11 students travel to the Science Center to consider the importance of structure, using geometry and public policy to hypothetically colonize Mars; they also podcast about it. Senior students participate in “Capstone,” travelling to the Black Box and Cleveland Cuyahoga College to present their portfolios to classmates, parents, and artist
This is the kind of learning that takes place at the Cleveland High School for Digital Arts. CHSDA is an open enrollment, non-audition, non-portfolio school, where core courses are integrated with the digital arts.
- Digital Arts:
- Video Game Design: 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 . Students gain experience in industry-standard software like Unity but begin with visual coding. 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. 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 use programs such as Photoshop, and Illustrator to convert ideas,
information, and emotions into successful design. They learn computer illustration techniques, image manipulation, photography, graphic design, and visual literacy. These tools help students to express and present themselves visually throughout their high school career and production beyond.
- Recording Arts Technology: Recording arts focuses on the art of creating electronic music and audio manipulation through the use of professional sound hardware like Pro Tools 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 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 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 using Adobe Premiere.
- 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.