The ame philosophy
The Arts Media and Entertainment Academy (AME) was designed to help students push the boundaries of their educational experience. The content of our classrooms is intended to be rigorous, but logical and fair. Our students will develop as learners - we will constantly challenge them to think critically, and express themselves through writing, performing and all other modes of art.
Like mad scientists working in a lab, we have developed a new formula for our AME classrooms that combines all requisite California State Content Standards, new Common Core Standards for college and career, and the California State AME Anchor Standards. This unique blend of traditional and radical modes of education is intended to captivate our student population, exposing them to constantly revolving teaching and learning styles.
In addition to the unique classroom environment, students in the AME Academy will also be given direct access to local professionals working in the AME job sector. These workshops, field trips and career studies are intended to help students develop a better understanding of the vocational potential within their immediate scope of interest, while simultaneously incubating hard-skills expected of post-secondary students and/or people seeking employment within the AME sector after high school.
Currently, the high school offers two AME focus areas for 11/12: Nueva School for the Performing Arts, and Arete Digital Media Academy. Our new 9/10 core is designed to establish baseline academic and technical foundations for students who wish to pursue their high school education through an art specific veil. Arts Media and Entertainment is one of the most dominant job sectors in the state of California, and is considered to be one of the most valuable Career Partnership Academies and Career Technical Education pathways for secondary education.
Like all Freshmen and Sophomores at Windsor High School, students in the AME Academy will cycle between an English, History and Science class. 10th grade students, will have an added elective: Elements of Digital Design, taught by the high school's Media Academy Director, Paul Kinunen. In addition, the AME Academy offers an integrated honor's component. Honor's students can expect an elevated workload consisting of supplementary readings, more intensive performance tasks and added responsibilities within the classroom.
THE AME BRAND
If you are reading this, then we will assume that you made it past our landing page; the rapid-fire rotation of over 30 different fonts all listing the same three letters.
So, what’s the deal? Most cores (and logically brained companies and corporations) brand themselves with a real simple image; they stick to one or two font choices, and they certainly don’t put a cryptograph on the first page of their informational website…
Let me explain. Our brand is a design element referred to as a logo system and is intended to represent the demographic of our student population. AME encompases a vast network of modalities ranging from oil painting to filmmaking - our students have all chosen to be a part of our core because of an interest in one, two or maybe fifteen different elements of the AME system. In honor of this diversity, we have chosen to build a brand that does not conform to one single format or function; instead, our three letters (AME) will continuously appear in an imperfect rotation of fonts, colors and styles to represent the creativity and aesthetic of every student within the WHS AME pathway.