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High School Electives

Acting Technique

Students will be given scenes from Theater, Film, and TV to prepare as they would for an audition. We will work on script analysis, identifying playable objectives and intentions, and provide tools necessary to create memorable roles/auditions. Scene work will also be covered with assigned scene partners. 

Art History

This elective will upend the commonly held criticism of modern art, "my 5 year old could make that." We will explore different movements of 20th and 21st century art including Dadaism, Expressionism, AbEx, Fluxus and more by studying the form, content and histories of seminal art pieces. 

Art- Super Junior Illustrator Foundations

This special SUPER Illustrators Foundations of Art course is designed specifically for beginner, budding artists. This course is designed to provide enrolled students with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to comprehend, compose, and create works of art while exploring fields within the illustrated arts. Students will learn the foundational elements to art-making through fields of illustration such as comics books, fashion illustration, children’s book illustration, architecture, political cartooning, and more. After this course, students will be able to identify the different forms of illustrative art and implement illustrative art techniques into their works of art.

Art- Super Future Illustrators

This course builds upon previous skills and  information learned in the foundations course and is an in-depth art visuals/creation course to prepare students to master specific painting skills required for concept art and visual development careers.

Art- Super Social Justice Art 

SUPER Social Justice Art course is designed to educate students on the importance of art as it relates to social justice issues, political movements, and environmental causes. Students will engage in discussions about issues relating to racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQIA+ rights, environmental preservation, and armed conflict resolution. In Addition to exploring the evidence supporting the significant impact that art has on impacting social and environmental justice, students will engage in art-making by creating art that inspires action to become involved in social and environmental justice causes within their local community and abroad. Students will explore works of art by activists and artists such as Shephard Fairey, Emory Douglas, Erye Crowe, Keith Haring, Mine Obuko, Gorilla Girls, and more.

Athletics- Basketball 

Students will learn the fundamentals of basketball and socially interact with their peers in a fun, interactive environment that emphasizes building dynamic relationships with exercise.

Athletics- Volleyball

Students will learn the fundamentals of volleyball and socially interact with their peers in a fun, interactive environment that emphasizes building dynamic relationships with exercise.

City and Nature Exploration

We will be visiting different areas of LA to hike, exercise, and learn about its history and landmarks. Our class of mixed ages will hike areas like Runyon Canyon and Griffith Park, as well as visit notable places of architecture, history, and significance such as the Hollyhock House.

Computer Science Discoveries

This introductory computer science course empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem-solving, and fun!

Computer Science Principles

Students will dive into the world of computer science covering topics such as coding, algorithms, the internet, big data, and privacy. (There is an AP exam attached to this course for any students interested)

Conversation Corner

Conversation corner is a learning lab alternative for no credit. It is an opportunity for students to have a scheduled social break where they engage in conversation with their peers. Conversations range from light to deep topics depending on the students involved and what happens to be foremost on their minds.

Cosmetology & Styling

In this course students will explore the basics of skin, nail and hair care, hygiene, safety, styling outfits that are complementary and building confidence.

Culinary Science

This class aims to introduce the students to the foundations of cooking, baking, and the science behind food’s physical and chemical changes.  All recipes used to demonstrate these changes will be mostly plant-based and executed in class with the student’s participation. As students progress, recipes will offer a greater degree of difficulty. The students will learn the basics of sous vide cooking and molecular gastronomy and become acquainted with more tools and techniques available to the modern cook.

Diva Dive: Women’s Studies

Dive deep into the power of women by analyzing past and current events, archetypes, and gender roles through literature, tv/film, and media. This course will focus on the motivations behind the attitudes and actions of women and how these factors manifest in the real world.

Film/TV Appreciation

We will examine different genres of film and tv, breaking down their story arcs, themes, and characters. We will also watch the works of specific filmmakers and writers and learn more about them. Students will also be able to select films and television that they resonate with and share with the class over the course of the semester.

Financial Literacy

This course will focus on the exploration of primary financial vehicles and tools that students will encounter in the world around us. This includes how the stock market works, how a mortgage works, keeping a budget and banking, the good, the bad, and the ugly of Student Loans, carrying insurance, and how our dollars can help urge and seed social and environmental change.

History of Hip Hop

This course will focus on the relationship between hip-hop and poetry through analyzing lyrics, having conversations around the four main tenets: Djing, emecing, breakdancing, and graffiti art and their cultural impact on society. Students will learn about the historical roots of the genre, the motivations behind hip-hop's greatest influences, the reinvention of identity throughout hip-hop's history, and the poetic lyrics that narrate a culture of reflection on American society

Intro to Cake Decorating

This course focuses on learning the basics of cake/cupcake decorating. Students will learn different techniques that can be used to create some beautiful desserts.

Music- Artistry & Production A: Singing + Songwriting

Students will cultivate their artistry by writing and recording their own original music. This is a sister class to Matt’s Artistry & Production B class. The classes will collaborate and deliver a final song that was written by the artistry students and produced by the production students. 

Music- Artistry & Production B: Original Song Production 

A class designed for students who are wanting to learn how to make beats, compose songs, and make electronic music. This will be a sister class to Esbie’s Artistry & Production A class. The classes will collaborate and deliver a final song that was written by the artistry students and produced by the production students. 

Music- Intro to Bass 

A class designed for students that will cover all the beginning fundamentals of bass such as technique, entry-level basslines, and picking styles. Students will also learn entry-level music theory in order to understand what they are playing, and how to communicate with other musicians. 

Music- Intro to Drumset 

A class designed for students that will cover all the beginning fundamentals of the drumset such as technique, entry-level patterns, and rudiments. 

Music- Intro to Guitar 

A class designed for students that will cover all the beginning fundamentals of guitar such as basic chords, entry-level scales, strumming, and simple melodies. Students will also learn entry-level music theory in order to understand what they are playing, and how to communicate with other musicians.

Music- Intro to Keys 

A class designed for students that will cover all the beginning fundamentals of the piano such as technique, entry-level major scales, and chords. Students will also learn entry-level music theory in order to understand what they are playing, and how to communicate with other musicians. 

Music- Intro to Music Production 

Can you speak musician?! Learn to communicate in the musical language. Students will learn rhythm, harmony, composition, notation, and how to transcribe melodies and chord progressions in a variety of music genres.

Music- Jam Session

This is a course designed for the students who have already played in the beginning band this year or already know how to play an instrument. Auditions will be held.

Music- Design for Musicians 

A class for students who are in either the musical or visual arts world. Students will learn the fundamentals of visual branding and how it pertains to releasing music.

Music- Music Business 

Students will study how the music business currently operates and where the business is headed in the key areas of music publishing, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

Music- Music Discovery

Do you love music? This class gives you the opportunity to experience music by playing (Drums, Bass, Guitar, Piano, and more). Students will learn the basics of playing instruments. Students will be encouraged to try all the instruments to better understand how they function and work in the music we love.

Music- Musical Duo A: Vocal/Singing Performance 

A class designed for students who have experience singing and want to work on a performance skill set with a guitarist. This is a sister class to Musical Duo B.

Music- Musical Duo B: Guitar/Instrumental Performance 

A class designed for students who have experience playing guitar, and want to work on a performance and support skill set. Students will learn how to gig as a professional guitarist, and work with a vocalist. This is a sister class to Musical Duo A

Music- Percussion 

This course will allow students to get wild, have fun, make beats, and feel free.

Passion Projects 

A supplemental elective to the mandatory, yearly passion project requirement for students who need a more hands-on approach.

Psychology of Games 

This class will cover the basics of games and how we learn, as well as the strategies we apply in games to better our chances of winning. Covered games include Avalon and Settlers of Catan.

Science- Marine Biology 

This course will be an introduction to and overview of the main topics in the marine biology field. It will have some in class lab work and fieldwork at the beach.

Slam Poetry 

This is not "high school poetry" as we know it, rather, it is the study of language as a joyful release. This course will focus on analyzing the lyrics behind slam poetry's "greats" , helping students learn to make words dance in creation of a performance piece and participating in a slam poetry competition.

Sociology of Deviance 

This class will cover the topic of deviance and the biases we as humans have when considering this term.

Study Skills 

This course focuses on executive functioning, test prep, note taking and organization.

Maker’s Space

In this course, students will learn how to safely and effectively use the multitude of tools -both physical and technological - that are available to them through the FIO (Figure It Out) Maker’s Lab facility at TREE Academy.  They will use these tools to create actual physical objects of their own design.  In doing so, they will join the vibrant worldwide Maker’s community movement.