A3 features a strong academic program with a focus on visual and performing arts.
A3 students work in learning teams across curriculums of Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies), Inquiries (Math and Science) and visual and performing art to create project demonstrations that are examples of project based learning.
In addition to their classes, students work with guest artists from the community, take part in daily writing groups, and integrate internships and public demonstrations into their learning. Students also have the opportunity to take both college prep classes as well as receive credit for college level coursework.
At the end of each semester students produce and present “Confluence.” Confluence is a whole school public demonstration that features work from the arts core and academic classes. The event is multiple nights and features work from all students in all areas. The public and families are always invited to attend.
Our Learning Framework
At A3 students work in learning teams across curriculums of Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies), Inquiries (Math and Science) and art to create project demonstrations that are examples of content learning.
Lessons and projects are built upon the “EDCRO” system – an acronym for Explore – Design – Create – Refine – Own. Students are taught the skills to use this system, and projects are assessed using the EDCRO rubric.
We believe in teamwork and building community. At A3, students, faculty, parents, and community partners share responsibility to create and sustain a safe, ethical, and focused place to learn.
At A3 we create a structure of learning based on real-world inquires, critical thinking and problem solving. We believe that when a student learns outside the context of a textbook, they will see a subject’s relevance and purpose in a richer light.
Defining Project-Based Learning
At A3 we are all about Project Based Learning. But what exactly does that mean? One of our students chose to take on that question as his senior project. This video will take you through the entire semester at A3, and show you how unique our learning process is. You will also learn a bit about our EDCRO (Explore, Design, Create, Refine and Own) process.
Declaring a Major
A3 students are expected to declare a “major” or “focus” area of study by the end of their sophomore year, either in an arts or in an academic curriculum. Sophomores and Juniors present “juried reviews” before committees of teachers and professional artists or professors from UO or LCC that feature an emphasis on their chosen major. Students who distinguish themselves in their presentations receive “Honor” status and are recognized at an all school event on the last day of school. Current major areas (and it is possible for students to “double” major) include:
- Performance Arts
- Visual and Media Arts
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
- Liberal Arts