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About the Academy of Communication, Art, & Design

The ACAD culture is built on a foundation of professionalism and personal responsibility. In all we do–whether it is our work in the classroom, our interaction with teachers and students, or our involvement in the community–we strive to do it professionally. When people think of ACAD, we want them to think of a group of educators and students that are reliable, ethical, respectful, courteous, and capable communicators.

We also believe fully in personal responsibility. A choice is a choice, and right or wrong we own it. We understand that we cannot control every circumstance in our lives. We also believe that through hard work and perseverance, unfortunate circumstances can be overcome, and great success can be realized.

Professionalism. Personal Responsibility. These are the hallmarks of the ACAD culture, and it is part of what we hope to instill in every student that spends time in our classrooms.

Digital Sketching
Why Chose the Academy?



Students in the Academy will have exposure to current technology with the opportunity to certify in Adobe Suite Programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and many more. Certifications grants recognition of competency, shows commitment to the profession, and helps with job advancement.



The Academy of Communication, Art & Design accepts approximately 50-60 students per year. Because of this, the cohort spends a large portion of their time together. Students are able to build genuine, long-lasting friendships along with personal bonds. This allows students to create a strong community and a defined environment for their experience. These bonds also help students to develop their leadership, learn team work skills and build a pool of resources. These skills and friendships will help students succeed in the work place.


College Visits

Students have the opportunity to experience college campus tours. College tours allow students to ask questions, meet other prospective students and understand the college on a deeper level. How you feel about schools once you visit in person may affect the direction your college search and application process takes.


Team Building Field Trips

Students in the Academy will have the opportunity to attend field trips dedicated to enhancing leadership and team building skills with their cohort. Field trips include activities such as rope courses, escape rooms, ninja warrior courses, rock climbing, and theme parks.


Summer Internships

Academy Juniors will interview for the chance to obtain a paid summer internship. Those not wanting or needing the internship will be able to have a mock interview with community leaders. Students will prepare their resumes, cover letters, and portfolios in class to assist with the mock interviews.


Portfolio Building

Each year, students will build and amplify their online portfolio to include their resume, cover letter, letters of recommendation, certifications, projects, and much more. Their portfolio will help them in their entry level job and their college applications.  



Students will experience different workshops in the academy such as a life skills, interview skills, mock interviews, and more. These opportunities will allow the academy students to be ahead of the curve when it comes to many aspects of their lives. The experiences and learning environment of these workshops will allow them to be successful in their future!


College Applications

Academy is a great opportunity to have a students college application stand out! This paired with a high GPA and joining extracurriculars gives students a higher chance of acceptance. 

Meet The Team

Barbara Boone


Gina Fleites

Social Studies

Ashley Jones

Digital Media

Amanda Perdue

Digital Media


Karrah Hudkins


Micha Diaz

Social Studies

Kat Armstrong

Academy Director

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