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About Freestyle Academy
of Communication Arts and Technology

 

 

At Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts and Technology in the Mt. View-Los Altos UHSD, we believe passion drives success. We also believe 21st Century communication skills with and without technology are necessary for success in any workplace, organization or institution. We believe that school should be a fun and rewarding place to learn these skills. In essence, Freestyle Academy provides students a unique, relevant and challenging, but fun opportunity to find or enhance an artistic/technical passion and develop their communication skills that are applicable to most any field of study or work.

 

Since 2006 when Freestyle opened its doors, we have challenged students to be creative and imaginative with communicating their ideas by producing art for larger project-based units through various multimedia visual and audio formats with modern software and hardware tools. Each student takes 3 classes at Freestyle Academy that contributes to the final productions for each quarter-based project. In this 2-year program limited to 72 Juniors and 72 Seniors in small classes of 18 students per class, each student enrolls in English and Design and then takes either Film or WebAudio. Students take other classes and complete other graduation requirements at Los Altos HS, Mt. View HS or Alta Vista HS for the remainder of each day.

 

Because “story is king”, all project ideas begin in English through readings, discussions, critiques, brainstorming sessions, writings and peer editing. Design further develops the project ideas through visual art such as photography, illustrations, drawing, painting, clay modeling, books, magazines, storyboards and 3-D art with the use of DSLR cameras, lighting kits, electronic drawing pads, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Storyboard Quick.

 

Film students develop their creative expression further by producing 3-10 minute digital films with Final Cut Pro, Garageband, Pro Tools, Compressor and After Effects. WebAudio students develop their creative expression by producing HTML5/CSS3 and JavaScript websites that include podcasts, photo galleries, animations, audio slideshows, original music, and music videos using Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, InDesign, After Effects, Garageband, Pro Tools and Reason. All students have access to our modern and fully equiped studio for filming, photo shoots and audio recordings.

 

How Will This Help Me? 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:

  • self-portrait photographs and illustrations
  • self-portrait films
  • enhanced audio podcasts
  • personal websites and blogs
  • original and adapted short stories and screenplays
  • narrative and documentary films
  • storyboards
  • narrative short animations
  • documentary slide shows with audio interviews
  • documentary books with embedded research
  • experimental art and photography

 

  • websites using CSS, HTML, Flash, and JavaScript
  • experimental films, music and poetry
  • magazine articles
  • surreal photography and illustrations
  • original music compositions
  • portraiture photography and illustrations
  • music videos, CD and concert poster art
  • film, art, web and audio explorations
  • senior projects in writing, web, audio, and film

 

Read what former students say about Freestyle.

Awards by Freestyle Students and for Freestyle

Freestyle Academy Schedule
AM
Session

 

9:30 am to 12:00 pm each weekday
except Thursdays 10:05 AM - 11:35 AM

 

PM
Session

 

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm each weekday
except Thursdays 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

 

 

 

Articles about Freestyle ACAT:

 

Freestyle Opening 2006

2007 Promo

 

2010 Promo

 

2012 Promo

 

2014 Promo

 

WebAudio Class

 

 

Where are Freestyle Academy Alumni?

 

 

 

 

 

What do Freestyle Grads study in college?
(since 2010)

  • 3 - Advertising
  • 1 - Animal Biology
  • 1 - Animal Science
  • 1 - Animal Studies
  • 11 - Animation
  • 2 - Architecture
  • 7 - Art
  • 1 - Art History
  • 1 - Art Management
  • 2 - Arts
  • 1 - Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation
  • 1 - Audio Engineering
  • 2 - Bio Systems Engineering
  • 1 - Biochemistry
  • 6 - Biology
  • 1 - Biotechnology
  • 1 - Broadcast Journalism
  • 10 - Business
  • 5 - Business Administration
  • 1 - Business Management
  • 1 - Cell & Molecular Biology
  • 1 - Cell Biology
  • 1 - Child Development
  • 5 - Cinema Studies
  • 1 - Cinematography
  • 1 - Civil Engineering
  • 1 - Communication
  • 1 - Communication Arts
  • 1 - Communication Design
  • 9 - Communications
  • 17 - Computer Science
  • 1 - Creative Arts
  • 1 - Creative Productions
  • 1 - Creative Writing
  • 1 - Criminal Justice
  • 3 - Critical Studies
  • 1 - Culinary Arts
  • 1 - Cultural Studies
  • 1 - Culture of New Technologies
  • 1 - Dentistry
  • 10 - Design
  • 6 - Design Media Arts
  • 5 - Digital Arts
  • 1 - Digital Media
  • 1 - Digital Media Studies
  • 1 - Drama
  • 6 - Economics
  • 4 - Education
  • 2 - Electrical Engineering
  • 1 - EMT certification
  • 3 - Engineering
  • 4 - English
  • 2 - English Literature
  • 1 - Entrepreneurship
  • 2 - Environmental Sciences
  • 3 - Fashion Design
  • 33 - Film Production
  • 1 - Fire Science and Rescue
  • 1 - Foreign Languages
  • 2 - Game Art
  • 5 - Game Design
  • 1 - Global Citizen Year Fellow
  • 1 - Global Studies
  • 1 - Graphic Arts
  • 6 - Graphic Communications
  • 23 - Graphic Design
  • 1 - Graphic Design and Languages
  • 1 - Health/Human Sciences
  • 1 - History
  • 1 - Human Biology
  • 2 - Illustration
  • 5 - Industrial Design
  • 2 - Interactive Media
  • 1 - Interactive Media Designer/Developer
  • 1 - International Relations
  • 1 - International Studies
  • 4 - Journalism
  • 1 - Kinesiology
  • 1 - Landscape Architecture
  • 1 - Literature
  • 1 - Management Information Systems
  • 3 - Marine Biology
  • 7 - Marketing
  • 1 - Marketing Communications
  • 1 - Massage Therapy
  • 1 - Mechanical Engineering
  • 1 - Media Arts + Practice
  • 1 - Media Management
  • 2 - Media Studies
  • 1 - Media, Culture, and Communications
  • 1 - Molecular Biology
  • 1 - Multimedia Arts
  • 1 - Multimedia Communications
  • 4 - Music
  • 1 - Music Business
  • 2 - Music Composition
  • 1 - Music Industry Studies
  • 1 - Music Performance
  • 1 - Music Production
  • 1 - Music Recording
  • 1 - Music Tech
  • 1 - Music Technology
  • 1 - Neuropsychology
  • 3 - Neuroscience
  • 5 - Nursing
  • 1 - Nutrition
  • 1 - Pharmacology
  • 1 - Philosophy
  • 15 - Photography
  • 3 - Physics
  • 4 - Political Science
  • 1 - Pre-Business
  • 2 - Pre-Med
  • 1 - Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • 1 - Printmaking
  • 1 - Programing
  • 14 - Psychology
  • 1 - Public Relations
  • 1 - Radio
  • 2 - Recording Arts
  • 1 - Scientific Illustration/Paleo Artist
  • 1 - Screenwriting
  • 1 - Sociology
  • 1 - Sound Engineering
  • 1 - Spanish
  • 4 - Studio Art
  • 1 - Symbolic Systems
  • 10 - Television Production
  • 1 - Theatre Acting
  • 1 - Video Game Concept Artist
  • 2 - Visual Arts
  • 4 - Visual Communications
  • 1 - Visual Effects
  • 4 - Vocal Performance
  • 2 - Web Design
  • 1 - Women's Studies
  • 1 - World Arts