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Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology

1299 Bryant Ave, Mt. View, CA 94040 T 650-940-4680   F 650-961-1346
2 Required Classes: English and Design 3rd/Elective Class:  + Animation or Digital Media or Film

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What am I going to learn?
  2. How am I going to learn it?
  3. How will this help me?
  4. Who may attend?
  5. What are the Entrance and Continuation Requirements?
  6. What is the enrollment procedure?
  7. When are classes held?
  8. What will my day look like? Shadowing?
  9. Will there be food at Freestyle?
  10. Can I enroll in Freestyle and participate inextracurricular activities?
  11. Where is Freestyle?
  12. Will transportation be provided?
  13. How many units will I get? What happens if I don't pass classes?
  14. Do Freestyle classes count for admissions to the UC and CSU systems?
  15. Can I take a class at Freestyle without enrolling in the whole program?
  16. Is this a one or two year program?
  17. What do I need for Freestyle Classes?

1. What am I going to learn?

2. How am I going to learn it?
 Project Based Learning
   All our projects will allow students to explore real world issues that interest them and affect their community. With the help of teachers and industry partners, students will develop multimedia presentations to present their findings in exhibitions. These exhibitions will demonstrate the students’ understanding of content, as well as their proficiency in academic, technical and 21st Century Skills.

Real World Connections
   We are committed to taking advantage of the opportunities open to us in the Silicon Valley. As a student, you will learn from experienced teachers with a strong background in the media arts. Guest speakers, field trips, and project work will bridge the gap that often exists between school and “the real world.” In addition, students will have the opportunity to volunteer for outside paid and unpaid job opportunities such as helping a local community member/organization create a video, designing a webpage for a local business, or using our studio to help a local musician record and produce music.

You will learn this by taking 3 classes at Freestyle. Every student MUST take these 2 CORE classes

1. English or English Honors - you choose. There is no need to take another English class at MV/LAHS. (10 units of college prep credits/year, UC/CSU "b")
2. Design - Fundamentals of Visual Art, Digital Photography and Graphic Design (10 units of elective college prep credits/year, UC/CSU "f")

Each student will then choose to take for his/her 3rd class EITHER

3. Film          OR           3. Digital Media          OR           3. Animation

Each elective class receives 10 units elective college prep credits/year and is a UC/CSU "f" course.

3. How Will This Help Me?

There is a body of research that has shown arts education engages students in learning. When students are engaged, truancy and dropout rates decline. Student involvement in the arts is linked to higher academic performance, increased standardized test scores, and greater involvement in community service. Studies have demonstrated that students who attend schools where the arts are integrated into the classroom curriculum outperform their peers in math and reading who did not have an arts integrated curriculum.
Otis College of Art & Design (2016). 2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California. Retrieved from Otis College Website: http://www.otis.edu/sites/default/files/2015-CA-Region-Creative-Economy-Report-WEB-FINAL.pdf

At Freestyle Academy, you will not only strengthen the necessary writing, speaking, and research skills you will need in college and in the workforce, but you will also learn critical communication skills that will help you express your ideas in creative, exciting and original ways such as but not limited to:

4. Who may attend?
   The program is open to juniors (as 1st year students) and seniors (as 2nd year students) at Mountain View, Los Altos, and Alta Vista High Schools.

5. What are the Entrance and Continuation Requirements?

Graduating HS is a very important goal. This requires you to get enough credits for graduation. Passing classes at Freestyle for enough credits is part of that process - especially passing English.

To remain a student at Freestyle:

  1. Each student must achieve a C- or higher each Semester in English and at least one of your other 2 Freestyle classes.
  2. Each student must also achieve a unweighted TGPA of 2.0 or higher each Semester in all your classes at all schools.

Failure to meet these standards will result in being disenrolled at Freestyle because we want you to enroll in classes that you can pass and get enough credits to graduate from high school. Ultimately, Freestyle cannot be the reason why you don't graduate from high school.

6. What is the enrollment procedure?
   Apply online by the February break through http://www.freestyleacademy.rocks/apply

Why does Freestyle use a lottery system? Freestyle was originally created and envisioned to be another choice for those students who are "just doing school", not necessarily excelling in school or students with art or technical experience in hopes of getting these kinds of students once again excited about school. We are not looking for the "best" student or even a particular type of student. Our application process does not require any experience and does not require a portfolio to match the reason why Freestyle was created. This would hopefully entice students who are "just doing school" to apply. Our only requirement are a 2.0+ TGPA, a Junior or Senior within MVLAUHSD. We want a mix of all students and a lottery has resulted in a good mix of all levels of creative and passionate students with all levels of talents, skills and enthusiasm levels. More detailed info about the lottery system can be found here.

7. When are the 3 classes held?
   Basically, classes are held during Periods 2, 3, & 4 for AM Session or Periods 5, 6, & 7 for PM Session. Students choose either AM or PM Session to attend Freestyle. See schedule below.

8. What will my day look like?

 All students (Juniors and Seniors) can choose to attend Freestyle from EITHER 2.5 hour AM or PM block schedule below. Juniors and Seniors together will attend Freestyle for English, Fine Arts (Design) and one Elective (Film OR Digital Media OR Animation) for a total of 30 Units of credit for a single year. There is a limit of 80 Juniors and 80 Seniors due to equipment constraints for each AM and PM session. Juniors and Seniors will be in separate classes, not combined together in any class. This breaks down to a maximum of 20 students in each of the Core classes and 13-15 students in each of the Production classes with a capacity of 80 students for each AM and PM session or a total maximum capacity of 160 students.

Freestyle Academy Schedule Choices

Option 1 - AM Session
M, T, W, & F 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and Th 10:05 am - 11:35 am
Essentially Per. 2, 3, & 4 @ Freestyle

Option 2 - PM Session
M, T, W, & F 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm and Thu 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Essentially Per. 5, 6 & 7 @ Freestyle

Current Juniors are automatically admitted to Freestyle for their Senior year and current Juniors will have first choice as to which block (AM or PM session) to attend Freestyle during their Senior Year. Any other remaining Senior seats will be filled in with new incoming Senior students.

Schedule:

Mondays
AM Session
9:30-12
and
PM Session
1:00-3:30

Tuesdays
AM Session
9:30-12
and
PM Session
1:00-3:30

Wednesdays
AM Session
9:30-12
and
PM Session
1:00-3:30

Thursdays
AM Session
10:05-11:35
and
PM Session
1:00-2:30

Fridays
AM Session
9:30-12
and
PM Session
1:00-3:30

Juniors in
Film or Digital Media
Juniors in
English and Design
Juniors in
Film or Digital Media
J-Day = Juniors in
English and Design*
Juniors in
English and Design
Seniors in
English and Design
Seniors in
Film or Digital Media
Seniors in
English and Design
S-Day = Seniors in
English and Design*
Seniors in
Film or Digital Media

*THURSDAYS are alternating J-Day and S-Day.

Shadowing or campus visits - interested candidates can contact leo.florendo@freestyleacademy.rocks for shadowing a student or campus visits.

9. Will there be food at Freestyle?
   There are two vending machines on campus at Freestyle and Ms. Parkinson sells food with all proceeds saved for a large pizza party at the end of the year. Students are responsible for their own meals. A microwave and mini-fridge are available for student use in the Digital Media room.

10. Can I enroll in Freestyle and participate in sport, drama, or extracurricular activities?
   If you choose Option 1 AM Session above, you can participate in an afternoon activity.

11. Where is Freestyle?
   Freestyle is located behind the MVLA District Office at 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040.


Freestyle Map

12. Will transportation be provided?
   No transportation is necessary for students at Mountain View and Alta Vista High Schools.

TRANSPORTATION FOR LAHS STUDENTS ONLY
Students at Los Altos High School can either drive themselves or use a free van transportation service sponsored by the district as described below. For students driving themselves, free non-permit parking is available on streets near the Freestyle Campus. You can purchase either an LAHS or MVHS parking permit at those schools in order to park in the MVHS Student Parking Lot - both LAHS and MVHS Permits will be honored.

No car or car pool options - You can take the Kid's Kab service provided with this schedule to/from Freestyle/LAHS.

Please contact Leo.Florendo@freestyleacademy.rocks for questions or to reserve a seat on the van.

13. How many units will I get?
   Successful completion of the Freestyle coursework in one school year will get all students 10 credits each of English, Fine Arts (Design), and 10 credits in Electives (Film or Digital Media or Animation) for a total of 30 credits. For completion of 6 classes in two years at Freestyle, students will receive a total of 60 credits.

What happens if I don't pass classes?

Graduating HS is a very important goal. This requires you to get enough credits for graduation. Passing classes at Freestyle for enough credits is part of that process - especially passing English.

To remain a student at Freestyle:

  1. Each student must achieve a C- or higher each Semester in English and at least one of your other 2 Freestyle classes.
  2. Each student must also achieve a unweighted TGPA of 2.0 or higher each Semester in all your classes at all schools.

Failure to meet these standards will result in being disenrolled at Freestyle because we want you to enroll in classes that you can pass and get enough credits to graduate from high school. Ultimately, Freestyle cannot be the reason why you don't graduate from high school.

14. Do Freestyle classes count for admissions to the UC and CSU systems?
   English is a college prep, UC, and CSU approved "b" course.
   Design, Film, Digital Media, and Animation are all a college prep, UC, and CSU approved "f" course.

15. Can I take a class at Freestyle without enrolling in the whole program?
   Because Freestyle is an interdisciplinary program, with all classes supporting the project based learning, students will not be able to take individual classes in selected periods of the day. Student MUST take all 3 classes at Freestyle.

16. Is this a one or two year program?
   Freestyle is designed as a two-year program, with students working on more advanced work in the second year.

17. What do I need for Freestyle Classes?
   You are not required to have any equipment to do your projects at Freestyle. We provide all equipment/software necessary for you to create productions. You can optionally/and voluntarily purchase your own equipment. More info at http://www.freestyleacademy.rocks/equipment. Here is what is provided for you at Freestyle for your productions