Academy of Computer Arts & Sciences
The Midco Academy of Computer Arts & Sciences will expose students to careers and opportunities available in the areas of information technology, web & digital communications, and audio-visual technology.
The Media & Design pathway will allow students to explore relevant topics in the areas of graphic design, web print, animation, and media & marketing with relevant hands-on learning with equipment and technology that meets industry standards.
The Computer Science pathway will give students hands-on experience in the core concept areas of computer programming, networking, and cybersecurity.
Students selecting the Midco Academy of Computer Arts & Sciences will have access to course options that are selected and organized around a career theme and offered in a planned sequence of courses that moved from general knowledge to deeper skills. These courses meet the required RCAS Academies credits required for the graduating class of 2024 and beyond.
Capstone or Pathway Specialized Course Options
- Advanced Computer Applications
- Advanced Photography
- Job Shadow and Youth Internship
- Service Learning
Pathway Foundational Course Options
- Beginning Photography
- Computer Science
- Graphic Design I
- Graphic Design II
- Media Production
- Web Development
Introduction to Computer Arts & Sciences
In addition to required coursework, students in this academy are encouraged to select supporting coursework and electives that will not only enhance their high school experience, but directly align to college and career opportunities.
|Computer – Aided Design & Development (CADD)
Fine Arts Elective
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
CTSOs enhance student learning through contextual instruction, leadership and personal development, applied learning, and real-world application. For a complete listing of RCAS CTSOs, click here.
The purpose of the RCAS Academies is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to explore career options in high school as well as build strong connections to employers, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations.
This approach will help students develop a plan that leads graduates to a successful transition beyond high school including postsecondary education and training, careers, and life responsibilities.
21st Century Skills
The RCAS Academies will prepare students to graduate with the necessary skills and competencies that support the RCAS Profile of a Graduate.
Each academy will offer students the opportunity to earn a nationally-recognized industry certification.
Earning College Credit
All academies will allow students the opportunity to earn college credit aligned their selected pathway.
Business and community partnerships are an integral piece of the RCAS Academies model.
There are currently more than 215 partners working with our students grades K-12 in career-connected learning opportunities.
Project-based learning allows students to learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.
Job Shadow, Internship, and Service Learning opportunities allow students to make real-world connections to the content they are learning.
As part of the RCAS Academies, every RCAS high school student will take a one-semester Freshman Seminar course. This course will provide students’ important skills for high school, future workplace success, and introduce them to the RCAS Academies. Each student will take an Academy Introductory Course in one of the six academies housed at our two comprehensive high schools. This course is designed to guide exploration of their chosen academy and help students to select a pathway to enter in 11th grade. To learn more about the graduation requirements for the graduating class of 2024 and beyond, click here.