Multimedia Art Academy

tshirt MikaThe WHS  MultiMedia Art Academy (MMAA) is a state funded California Partnership Academy, a three-year program  (grades 10 through 12) structured as a school-within-a-school. In the academy, we create a close family-like atmosphere, integrating academic and career technical education, as well as establishing partnerships with the professional and creative community. Each  year  students have at least two classes together   - ART, ENGLISH and HISTORY (and 10th grade Biology).

Key components of the Academy model are:

INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM focused on a career theme (Multimedia/Art/Design) and coordinated with related academic classes.

VOLUNTARY student selection process that identifies interested ninth graders. Students express interest in the program which is followed by a conversation with the academy coordinator and academy assigned administrator in order to make sure the MMA is a good fit.

TEAM OF TEACHERS who work together to plan and deliver interdisciplinary curriculum and implement the overall program

MOTIVATIONAL ACTIVITIES with  private sector involvement to encourage academic and occupational preparation, such as: integrated and project-based curriculum, mentor program, classroom speakers, field trips, and exploration of postsecondary and career options.

WORKPLACE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES such as job shadowing, student internships/mentoring, and work experience. Find out about Careers in the Arts, like ANIMATION (2-D and 3-D), GRAPHIC DESIGN, ILLUSTRATION, COMIC BOOKS/MANGA, PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM MAKING, GAME DESIGN / Web Design / UI, CLOTHING DESIGN/FASHION/SKATEBOARD DESIGN

Academy Coordinators: 

Todd  Elkin

Kimberley Campisano

Academy Administrator:

Jeff Speckels 

Tenth Grade MMA Teachers

Todd Elkin, Art 1

Megan Ottoboni Woods, World History

Dimitri Dimitriou, English 10

Leah Hovenier & Michael Bortz, Biology

Eleventh Grade MMA Teachers

Kim Campisano, Digital Imaging

Daniel Wildman, US History

Brynn Osicka, English 11

12th Grade MMA Teacher 

Todd Elkin, AP Studio Art

Coulter Rigdon, Government/Econ

Dimitri Dimitriou, English 12