2016-2017 SCHOOL PROFILE



ADMINISTRATION

Barnaby Payne, Principal

Caitlin Boyle, Assistant Principal

Benjamin Rombro, Assistant Principal

ACADEMIC COUNSELORS

Carissa Jow, Clint Calimlim

COLLEGE COUNSELORS

Beth Alberts, Anne Sandkhuler


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (230 CREDITS)

  • AHistory/Social Sciences 30 Credits
  • B- English 40 Credits
  • CMathematics 30 credits
  • D- Laboratory Science 20 credits
  • E- World Language 20 credits
  • F- Visual and Performing Arts 10* credits
  • G- Electives 50 credits (At least 10 credits of electives must be A-G approved courses as required by the University of California and California State University systems)
  • HPhysical Education 20 credits, Health Education 5 credits, College and Career 5 credits

Asawa SOTA students are limited to five academic courses each semester, and are required to take two or more visual or performing arts classes each semester, all four years. 

Academic classes meet three times a week for 80 minutes each, and performing and visual arts classes meet five days a week for 180 minutes each. Academic courses have a value of five credits. Visual and Performing Arts courses have a value of ten credits. 

*Most of our students graduate with 80 credits in the Visual and Performing Arts.

Seniors completing these requirements will graduate on June 5, 2018.


GRADING SYSTEM

  • 4.0 scale A - Superior
  • B - Above average
  • C- Average
  • D - Credit received
  • F – Failed

HONORS CLASSES

English 1-8

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CLASSES

American Government, US History, Economics, English Language, English Literature, Human Geography, Psychology, Biology, Calculus, Statistics, World History, Art/Drawing

COMMUNITY The student body is socio-economically and ethnically diverse:

  • 39% White
  • 12% Chinese
  • 15% Hispanic,
  • 24% Other Non White
  • 7% African American,
  • 1% Filipino
  • 1% Korean
  • 1% Middle Eastern

ARTS

Students receive academic instruction in the morning and spend the balance of the day immersed in learning the essential skills and craft of their chosen areas of creative study. Our dedicated department directors have created an inspiring hands-on program that draws on the talents of over 70 Artists-in-Residence working in the broader arts community, recruited to support specific goals of each department’s curriculum. This unique teaching structure exposes students to fresh ideas and experiences, resulting in a learning environment where vision, creativity, passion, and dedication are valued.


ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN

  • Design
  • Theory
  • Fabrication
  • Design Build
  • Design Thinking
  • Collaborative Projects
  • Interdisciplinary Design

 CREATIVE WRITING: LITERARY ARTS / SPOKEN ARTS

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Playwriting
  • Structured Workshops
  • Podcasts-Radio
  • Oral History
  • Slam
  • Literary Criticism
  • Publishing
  • New Media
  • Readings
  • Performance

DANCE

  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary
  • Choreography
  • Master Classes
  • Performance
 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

ORCHESTRA

  • Classical
  • Large and Small Ensembles
  • Sectionals
  • Music Theory
  • Solo Prep
  • Performance
 

GUITAR

  • Guitar Orchestra
  • Small Ensembles
  • Solo Performance
  • Technique
  • Fingerboard Harmony
  • Sight Reading
  • Improvisation
  • Theory & Composition for Guitar
  • History of the Guitar, including: Classical, Romantic,

    Renaissance, Baroque, Modern Classical, World Music, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock Heavy Metal, and beyond...

BAND

  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Jazz & Latin Band
  • Jazz Combo
  • Music Survey
  • Musicianship
  • Songwriting
  • Composition
  • Electronic Music
  • Performance

MEDIA

  • Narrative
  • Documentary
  • Animation
  • Cinematography
  • Pre-Production
  • Production
  • Post-Production
  • Sound and Title Design
  • Experimental Filmmaking
  • Screenwriting
  • Film History & Analysis
  • Public Screenings
 

TECHNICAL THEATER: STAGECRAFT / COSTUME & FASHION DESIGN

  • Lighting
  • Set Design & Construction
  • Sound, Props
  • Costuming
  • Hair & Make-Up
  • Stage Management
 

VOCAL MUSIC: CLASSICAL VOICE/  JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY VOICE

  • Classical Vocal Technique
  • Choral Ensembles
  • Art Songs
  • Opera
  • World Music
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Musical Theatre
  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Diction
  • Jazz Choir
  • Jazz & Pop Vocal Technique
  • Solo Jazz Repertories
  • Jazz Keyboard
  • Improv
  • Studio Recording
  • A Cappella
  • Performance

 

MUSICAL THEATRE

  • Character Development
  • Scene Study
  • Script/Score Analysis
  • Voice
  • Concert Choir
  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • History of Musical Theatre
  • Writing and Composition,
  • Physical Theatre
  • Music Theory
  • Production
  • Performance
 

PIANO

  • Music Literature, All Period Styles
  • Accompaniment
  • Solo and Duet Coaching
  • Improvisation
  • Theory
  • Composition
  • Performance

THEATRE

  • Conservatory-Style Training
  • Movement
  • Playwriting
  • Voice Characterization
  • Vocal Development
  • Acting Technique
  • Script & Character Analysis
  • Directing
  • Theatrical Literature and History
  • Shakespeare
  • Performance
 

WORLD MUSIC & DANCE

WORLD MUSIC

  •  Japanese Taiko
  • Afro-Brazilian
  • Percussion
  • Balinese Gamelan
  • Afro-Cuban
  • World Music Chorus & Dance 

WORLD DANCE

  • West African
  • Indian Bhangra & Bollywood
  • Filipino Tinikling
  • Afro-Brazilian
  • and more...

VISUAL

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Composition
  • Perspective
  • Color Theory
  • Life Drawing
  • Art History
  • Exhibition