Fayette County Public Schools is committed to building a community “Where Excellence and Creativity Merge.”
The Community for Creativity middle school model was piloted at Rising Starr Middle School in 2018. The second location at Flat Rock Middle School came on board in the fall of 2019. Students at both schools opting to participate in the pilot programs experience opportunities to create through:
- Arts Integration and/or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activities
- Completion of semester and year-long projects in students’ interest area with the guidance of faculty and industry mentors
- Cross-departmental projects and initiatives that are supported by academic, fine arts, and career and technical education classes
- Installation of school collaboration/ performance spaces
- Exploration of creative careers through a career connections class and development of student e-portfolio
- Field trips and guest speakers
Both communities highlight jobs in Georgia’s creative economy, with areas of focus and program offerings varying by location that are unique to that campus.
Community for Creativity at Rising Starr Middle School
Creative Economy Area of Focus: Creative Industries
Program Offerings: Entertainment Technology & Engineering, Music & Recording, Art & Design, Film & Television
Community for Creativity at Flat Rock Middle School
Creative Economy Areas of Focus: Innovative Sustainable Communities
Program Offerings: STEAM focused framework utilizing design thinking principles to explore Renewable Energy & Power Generation, Alternative Gardening & Food Sourcing, Urban & Ecological Frameworks, Means of Transportation & Mobility
High SchoolStudents who desire to create new ideas, concepts, and content must draw from combined expertise in the intellectual, technical, and creative areas. At the high school level, sectors in the creative economy can be explored through a combination of academic, fine arts, and career and technical education (CTE) coursework as part of a customized schedule built on the individual interests of students. Below is an overview of several new creative industry courses. Check out Fayette’s career planner for more insight into the breadth of offerings available.
Dramatic Writing Class
Fayette County Public Schools is proud to partner with the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Film Academy, Technical College System of Georgia, and the University System of Georgia on the creation of a new English Language Arts course in dramatic writing for Georgia high school students. This arts-integrated course can serve as the fourth English Language Arts unit for high school students, and course content focuses on digital art content creation. Fayette County Public Schools piloted this course at all five high schools during the 2018-19 school year.
Learn more about this initiative by reading the press release by the Georgia Department of Education found here.
Georgia Film Academy & Southern Cresent Technical College Film Courses
Another pilot for the 2018-2019 school year, Fayette County Public Schools offers dual enrollment courses through a partnership made possible with the Georgia Film Academy and Southern Crescent Technical College. Participating students are introduced to the skills used in on-set film production, including all forms of narrative media that utilize film-industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment, and on-set procedures. Students completing the program pathway are eligible to receive industry credentialing from the Georgia Film Academy.
In 2014, Fayette County Public Schools partnered with animation company ToonBoom, the Georgia Department of Education, and Clayton State University to create a state model for animation training. The result is the Animation and Digital Media Pathway, currently available at all five high schools in Fayette County.
The Animation and Digital Media Pathway is a series of courses that teach all aspects of 2D and 3D animation and digital design. Students gain knowledge in animation history, basic modeling, storyboarding concepts, game development and fundamentals of motion while working to incorporate effective sound and lighting techniques, as well as 3-D space morphing into their animated projects.
Learn more about this partnership through a press release by Clayton State University found here.
Internet of Things and Web Development Pathways
New for the 2020-2021 school year, pathway courses will examine how smart devices and the Internet interact, along with allowing students to develop and design responsive web sites through coding, testing, de-bugging and implementation of web-based services.