Elective Classes

Visual Arts

3D Design (1 credit): 3D Design is a course in which students will increase technical skills, develop a more sophisticated approach to process, subject matter and concept to create a portfolio of individual work. In this class students will keep an artist journal to explore artistic process, experiment with materials and analyze work. Through experimentation and refinement, each person will create a body of work that includes observational drawing, mixed media and a variety of self-chosen media. The studio environment of the class will be used to support analysis, reflection and refinement of work. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Art Foundations 1 and 2. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th grade

Art Foundations 1 (1 credit): This is a foundation course using primarily drawing to make and understand art. Studio practice will emphasize the elements of art such as line, shape, value, texture, color, form, and space as used in art and design. Traditional and experimental approaches of materials will be used and are structured to provide students with a strong foundation in design, drawing, and art vocabulary. SEMESTER Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Art Foundations 2 (1 credit): This class continues the development of skills and concepts introduced in Art Foundations 1.   Focusing on studio production, the development of drawing skills remains a primary focus. In this course, a broader variety of media will be used, which may include colored pencils, watercolor, acrylic paint, charcoal, and pastel chalk. Continued emphasis will be placed on the elements of art. The student will be introduced to the principles of design, which include balance, movement, rhythm, SEMESTER Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Ceramics 1 (1 credit): This class is a thorough introduction to ceramics clay. Almost entirely a studio course, the students will make hand-built pottery using the pinch, slab, and coil techniques. All ware will be kiln fired and glazed.   Continued emphasis will be placed on the nature of three-dimensional art, design, color, and higher-level thinking. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Ceramics 2 (1 credit): In this course, students will build upon the concepts and skills learned in Ceramics 1 and will develop more advanced skills in hand building and wheel throwing. All ware will be kiln fired and glazed. Continued emphasis will be placed on the nature of three-dimensional art, design, color and higher-level thinking. Students are also expected to have a strong work ethic and to pursue a higher quality of work and craftsmanship on their projects. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Ceramics 1. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 8th–9th Grades.

Ceramics 3 (1 credit): In this course, students will continue to build upon the concepts and skills learned in Ceramics 2 and will develop more advanced skills in hand building and wheel throwing. All ware will be kiln fired and glazed. Continued emphasis will be placed on the nature of three-dimensional art, design, color, and higher level thinking. This class is for ceramic students who are already creating work with a direction and have the skill set needed for ceramic 3. Students are also expected to have a strong work ethic and will need to apply for this class and have excellent grades in Ceramics 2. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Ceramics 2 and application submission. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 8th–9th Grades.

Drawing (1 credit): In this course, students will have the opportunity to expand, experiment, and build upon their existing drawing skills, strengthen the conceptual lines that thread throughout their work, and develop their experience regarding professional practices. Drawing is primarily an in class studio work course, but it will also cover the use of a research sketchbook, applications to art opportunities, and the writing artist statement. This class will explore the many historical and contemporary ways that other artists have explored and defined the medium of drawing while we investigate our own artistic trajectories. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Art Foundations 1. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th grade

Painting 1 (1 credit): Painting is an art course designed to teach students how to use acrylic paint in creating works of art. Studio practice will emphasize elements and principles used in art and design. Projects will be structured to provide students with a strong foundation in design, drawing, painting, and art vocabulary. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Art Foundations 1. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Painting 2 (1 credit): Painting 2 is an art course that will build on the concepts that were used in Painting 1. Students will learn how to use watercolor in creating works of art. Studio practice will emphasize elements and principles used in art and design. Projects will be structured to provide students with a strong foundation in design, drawing, painting, and art vocabulary. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Painting 1. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 8th–9th Grades.

Photography (1 credit): This course includes the inventive use of light and photographic equipment to create art. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher level thinking, art-related technology skills, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 8th - 9th Grades (Preference given to 9th Grade)

Printmaking (1 credit): This course introduces the methodologies and concepts of traditional printmaking processes. These processes include intaglio, relief, monotype, etc. It exposes students to an overview of the tools, methods and materials for making printed artworks with particular focus on how manual printing and traditional techniques relate to contemporary concepts and individual art practice. Students will experience various processes of printing images on paper, wood, metal, cloth, and stone. The course includes the design and development of personal subject matter and provides direct studio experiences with traditional and nontraditional materials and techniques. This course covers the distinctive nature of printmaking including: tools, inks, paper, plate preparation, registration, printing processes and qualities of prints e.g overlays, transparency, offset, and multiple images. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Art Foundations 1. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 8th - 9th Grades (Preference given to 9th Grade)

Musical Arts

Band 1 (4 credits): This class provides beginning and intermediate instruction on all wind and percussion band instruments. Beginning students will have the opportunity to play on several instruments at the beginning of the school year to see which instrument suits them best. No previous experience is required. This band performs 4 evening concerts, one at the end of each term. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Band 2 and 3 (2 credits): Students learn refinement of musical skills—higher levels of performance, aesthetic judgment, and music appreciation are emphasized at this level. Ensemble performances, musical styles, and creative development are a priority. Students will perform several term concerts and assemblies throughout the year. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Band 1. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 8th–9th Grades.

Jazz Band (2 credits): This is an extension of the larger ensemble experience. The jazz ensemble reflects traditional Big Band instrumentation (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section). Through listening to recordings, critiquing, analyzing, discussion, and application, students will learn a variety of jazz, funk, and rock styles found within this genre. The class will help students understand the history of jazz and be able to associate specific musicians to distinct types of jazz. This is a performance class; therefore, students are expected to attend all rehearsals, sectionals, and performances. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Band

1. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 8th–9th Grades.

Guitar 1 (2 credits): This is a beginning guitar class. In this class, you will learn how to play notes and chords in 1st position. Students will learn to read and write tablature and standard notation for guitar. Guitar 1 students will perform 3 evening concerts, one at the end of terms 2, 3, and 4. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Guitar 2 (2 credits): In this class, you will continue to learn notes and chords in several positions, read and write in tablature, and standard notation. The music will be more challenging, and the class will move at a quicker pace than year one. Students will perform several term concerts and assemblies throughout the year. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Guitar 1, or by audition. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 8th–9th Grades.

Guitar 3 (2 credits): Students with previous experience strengthen their guitar skills and knowledge, adding a variety of chords; refining finger-picking and strumming patterns; reading notation in several positions on the neck; and learning stylistic nuances, left-hand technique, and alternative fingering. Guitarists readily use tablature and standard notation, study the work of significant musicians, and develop significant self-assessment skills. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Guitar 2. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 9th Grade.

Orchestra 1 (2 credits): This course is for students who are new beginners or still mastering the basics of their instrument.  Students will need to purchase or rent their own instrument. Students who have taken one year of an after-school program should register for this course. After sufficient progress students will be invited to audition for advanced orchestra.  This class is a performance class requiring participation at school concerts and assemblies. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 7th –9th Grades.

Mixed Choir 1 (1 credit): In this class, students will learn the basics of part singing and music fundamentals. They will perform at several concerts during the semester. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Mixed Choir 2 (1 credit): In this class, students will learn more advanced concepts of part singing and music fundamentals. They will perform at several concerts during the semester. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Mixed Choir 1. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Humanities

Art Humanities (2 credits): Arts Humanities is the study of the arts and how they affect human life. It will include the study of the relationship between visual art, music, theater, and dance focusing on how they developed together. It also looks at the relationship humans have developed with the arts, providing firsthand experiences of how students interact with the various art forms. This will include the study of different art time periods, styles, and media. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 7th Grade.

Arts & Society (2 credits): Arts and Society takes up where Arts Humanities leaves off. It goes in-depth into the study of each art genre and connects the changes in the art to the political and sociological changes in society that are causes for these changes. In addition to music, art, dance, and theater students will also look at changes in architecture, literature, and design. Students will have firsthand experience through projects. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Art Humanities. FULL YEAR, Eligibility 8th- 9th Grades.

Movement Arts

Dance 1 (1 credit): This class provides an environment in which to gain knowledge and respect for the art of dance. In this class, we will cover the history and technique of dance including ballet, modern, jazz, and dance for musical theater as well as having an opportunity to choreograph an original dance and perform it for the class. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Dance 2 (1 credit): This class builds upon our knowledge of the art of dance through creating, performing, responding and connecting to dance. Further explores the elements of dance including, time, space, energy and the body. Explores more techniques for the creative process of dance and performance. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Dance 1. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 8th–9th Grades.

Dance Conditioning through Yoga (1 credit): This class will provide instruction to students on dance conditioning using Yoga techniques. It includes learning flexibility, stamina, balance, and artistic expression through the yoga process. SEMESTER: Eligibility 8th–9th Grades.

Theatre Arts

Film Review (1 credit): This course will introduce the art, technology, language, and appreciation of film, exploring the varieties of film experience, film and the other arts, and the ways of viewing. Film examples will be screened in class. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Theater 1 (1 credit): Theater 1 is designed to increase students’ knowledge and skill in the world of theater. Students will learn to improve their knowledge and ability in basic drama techniques. This class requires creativity, experimentation, and open-mindedness. Students will gain basic acting skills, learn general theater terms, and apply their knowledge through formal and informal performances. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Theater 2 (1 credit): Theater 2 is designed for the more serious-minded drama student. Students will work on advanced techniques and build acting skills through many formal and informal performances. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Theater 1. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Musical Theater Intro. (1 credit): Musical Theater Intro. is designed to increase students’ knowledge and skills in the world of musical theater. Students will learn to improve their knowledge and ability in basic musical theater techniques such as singing, dancing, and acting. This course will directly prepare students to have an audition ready for admittance into the Spring Musical Theater production. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Theater Tech 1 (1 credit): Theater Tech is a class that focuses on the behind the scenes magic of plays and musicals. This class will explore set design, stage managing, lighting design, rigging, stage makeup, special effects and sound designs for theater productions. Students will be asked to complete a portfolio project for each major area in theater tech as part of the semester. Students may have an opportunity to assist in an actual theater production along with members of the school’s tech crew. This class is a prerequisite for being on SAA’s tech crew. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th-8th Grades.

Theater Tech 2 (2 credits): Theater Tech 2 is a hands-on course that builds on the foundational material learned in Theater Tech. Students will go more in depth with lighting design, sound design, and stage management. Students will also learn about rigging, costuming, stage makeup, and elements of broadcasting. Students in this class will be able to have opportunities to be a part of the production crew for some school events alongside the SAA’s own tech crew. Theater Tech is a prerequisite for this course. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 8th-9th Grades.

English Electives

Introduction to Debate (1 credit): This course is for students with an interest in debate and speech competition. Students will participate in a variety of speech activities designed to increase communication, argumentative and persuasive skills as well as confidence in public speaking Requirements: Students will be required to compete in at least one Debate meet. (Students will be invited to become a member of the Syracuse Arts Academy Debate team. To be part of the team, there is a $45 participation fee. For competition, students must provide transportation to and from meets.)

SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

CPLA: Sci-Fi (1 credit): Become familiar with some of the most-influential Science Fiction works that shaped the genre and the world we inhabit today and where we'll live tomorrow. Gain an understanding of contemporary and future science fiction by studying the history of the genre and many of the works that started important conversations about what it means to be human in a changing world. We will read some works that helped establish the modern genre of science fiction in English and others that fans of the genre consider exemplary, pivotal, or just plain good. This class is offered alternating years. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

CPLA: Child Lit (1 credit): This course examines literature for children. Through an overview of a variety of genres and topics, students will develop an understanding of literature for young readers. Students will read, recreate and create several children’s books. Children's literature will be explored through various genres and formats which include but are not limited to picture books, touchy feely books, and pop-up books. SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th grades

CPLA: Mythology (1 credit): This course explores the history, purpose, conception, execution and appreciation of Mythology. We will study mythology from throughout the world (Greek, Egyptian, Norse, African, First Nations and others) and thus learn about different cultures throughout history.  This course requires not only a love of literature but an appreciation of history.  SEMESTER, Eligibility: 7th–9th grades

CTE (Career and Technical Education) Electives

Python Coding (1 credit): Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language. It incorporates modules, exceptions, dynamic typing, very high-level dynamic data types, and classes. Python combines remarkable power with very clear syntax. It has interfaces to many system calls and libraries, as well as to various window systems, and is extensible in C or C++. It is also usable as an extension language for applications that need a programmable interface. SEMESTER Eligibility: 9th grades, Prerequisite: Digital Literacy or Exploring Computer Science

Word Processing (1 credit): This class is for students who choose to improve their keyboarding skills through the study and practice of keyboarding technique. SEMESTER Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades

World Language Electives

Spanish 1 (2 credits): This course is taught using comprehensible input (meaningful communication in the target language/Spanish). Input is the primary focus! Students will acquire the Spanish language by listening and reading to support their eventual output of writing and speaking. This course is taught through TPRS: Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling and the SOMOS curriculum, supplemented by reading novels and texts written for language students. The performance target for this level of Spanish is Novice High. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.

Spanish 2 (2 credits): This course is taught using comprehensible input (meaningful communication in the target language/Spanish). Input is the primary focus! Students will acquire the Spanish language by listening and reading to support their eventual output of writing and speaking. This course is taught through TPRS: Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling and the SOMOS curriculum, supplemented by reading novels and texts written for language students. The performance target for this level of Spanish is Intermediate Low. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 1. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 8th–9th Grades.

Spanish 3 (2 credits): This course is taught using comprehensible input (meaningful communication in the target language/Spanish). Input is the primary focus! Students will acquire the Spanish language by listening and reading to support their eventual output of writing and speaking. This course is taught through TPRS: Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling and the SOMOS curriculum, supplemented by reading novels and texts written for language students. The performance target for this level of Spanish is Intermediate Mid. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 1 and 2. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 9th Grade.

Additional Electives

Civics: Military History (1 credit): This course is one semester. You will investigate the U.S. military during the 20th Century, specifically the World Wars, Korea, the Vietnam conflict and Desert Storm. Students will have the opportunity to meet with veterans, share individual interests in class, and experiences such as visiting the Hill Air Force Base Museum. It is the goal of this class to encourage interest in our brave men and women in the Armed Services and celebrate their sacrifices for our country. SEMESTER: Eligibility 8th–9th Grades.

Fortis Fitness (1 credits): This course provides students the opportunity to set and achieve their personal health and fitness goals by learning, developing, and following an age-appropriate personal fitness program. This will include cardiovascular fitness and strength training as well as flexibility, speed, agility, and nutrition. Examples include Yoga, Pilates, Circuit Training, HIIT, Percussion Fitness, Aerobics, Cross Training, and Body Weight Training. SEMESTER Eligibility: 8th–9th Grades.

Study Hall (1 credits): This course provides students the opportunity to complete school work and homework during the school day. Students are graded on their participation, preparedness, and work completion. Students may take Study Hall twice during the year, but 9th grade students will only receive credit for one class. SEMESTER Eligibility: 7th –9th Grades.

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