Academy of Communications and Information Technology
Hosted at Woodstown High School
The Academy of Communications and Information Technology prepares students for post-secondary study of communications and provides opportunities for those who are interested in working in various areas of the mass communications field. The focus of the program is on written, oral, and audiovisual communications skills.
Academy students will view, evaluate, and create a wide array of media, including print articles; television scripts; and multi-media presentations. Students will cover newsworthy events and develop articles for publication in school and district newsletter and local newspapers. Through hands-on experience in a video production studio and other mass media outlets, students will also gain an understanding of the technology used in mass communications. A television studio room with a green screen is adjacent to the classroom, which houses a number of iMac computers for audiovisual editing. As students progress through the academy program, they will develop both a written and an electronic portfolio of their work.
Communications students have one double period communication skills during their freshman and sophomore years. These classes integrate the requirements for college prep English students with the study of communications. Classic literature will be included in the English courses, with projects and activities having a connection to the mass media studied in Communications. During the junior and senior years, students will be enrolled in either academic or honors/AP English courses, in addition to a double period of communications study. The junior and senior level communications courses will give students hands-on experience in the video studio (junior year) and an internship experience (senior year).
Applicants for this academy should have strong reading and writing skills and an interest in the broad and evolving field of communications. As part of the admissions process, students will be required to attend an interview session with teachers and administrators, at which time they may be asked to complete a writing assignment. This typically takes place in the spring prior to the next school year. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, too, as there is sometimes a waiting list.