Star Academics Electives
Digital Photography (grade 8 – 12)
This fun and interactive course provides basic photography skills through class assignments, photo field shoots, and field trips. Students in this course learn how to incorporate color, pattern, texture, lighting, and composition into their photographs in order to enhance the final image and produce a better photograph. Students learn about nature, landscape, portraiture and documentary photography as well as influential photographers in various styles.
NOTE: This course has an additional $40 materials fee per semester.
Film (grade 8 – 12)
This course is an introduction to film production. Students learn the basics of preproduction, production, and postproduction, culminating in a finished short film. They are taken through the aesthetic and technological principles of filmmaking, including script development, crew organization, camera work, editing, and sound. Weekly exercises familiarize students with the various aspects of filmmaking, turning theory into practice and improving their skills through hands-on experience.
Public Speaking-Effective Communication Strategies (grade 8 – 12)
Public Speaking-Effective Communication Strategies (grade 8 – 12) This course is a practicum in speech and effective communication. Topics include research skills, the structure of a speech, rhetorical devices and their use, and an introduction to basic communication theory. Students will prepare and deliver several speeches of varying lengths and topics.
Yearbook (grade 8 – 12)
This two-semester course develops an understanding of the production and publication of a yearbook through lecture, discussion, and specialized projects that enhance learning about layout, photography, design, editing, advertising, sales, and fundraising. The course culminates in the marketing, sales, and distribution of the finished product.
SAT and Career Prep (grade 10 – 11)
This one-semester course is designed for juniors, although sophomores who have taken geometry may also take it in order to be better prepared for the PSAT or SAT. In this course students identify their skills and interests through assessment, then research suitable careers and university programs. They also review the admissions process and research financial aid opportunities, including scholarships and grants. This course covers SAT preparation in which students learn important strategies for success in all aspects of the SAT including math, critical reading, and essay writing.