Foundation Courses offered every year


*Denotes Courses required for EVERY Ovation Academy Student


Health and Hygiene for the Performer* (High School)

Students develop skills that will make them health-literate adults. Students gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge and behaviors they use to safeguard their health, particularly pertaining to health risks associated with their performing arts career. Students are taught how to access accurate information that they can use to promote health for themselves and others. Students use problem-solving, research, goal-setting and communication skills to protect their health and that of the community. Semester Course


Health and Hygiene for the Young Performer*(Middle School)

Students acquire the health information and skills necessary to become healthy performers and learn about behaviors in which they should and should not participate and how these decisions could affect their career in performing arts. To achieve that goal, students will understand the following: students should first seek guidance in the area of health from their parents; personal behaviors can increase or reduce health risks throughout the lifespan; health is influenced by a variety of factors; students can recognize and utilize health information and products; and personal/interpersonal skills are needed to promote individual, family, and community health. Semester Course


Business Management for the Performer*(High School)

Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen individual performance in the Performing Arts industry and in society and make a successful transition to the workforce and postsecondary education. Students will learn about branding and promotion, contract negotiation, and performer rights. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies, create word-processing documents, develop a spreadsheet, formulate a database, and make an electronic presentation using appropriate software. Semester Course


Performer Etiquette*

Students will learn the norms and expectations of being a professional performer. This course will cover the myths and realities of what you should and should not do as a performer. Students will learn how to represent themselves and Ovation Academy in a positive and respectable manner. Semester Course


Yoga/Pilates for the Non-Dancer

Stretching and conditioning using Yoga and Pilates methods. Semester Course, May be Repeated


​Acting for the Non-Major (High School)

This is a survey course of all aspects of theatre including Acting techniques, Technical theatre and Musical theatre. In this introduction course Student will explore aspects including; improvisation, vocal and physical characterization, scene work, monologue work, technical theatre and musical theatre. Semester Course, May be Repeated


Acting for the Non-Major (Middle School)

This is a survey course of all aspects of theatre including Acting techniques, Technical theatre and Musical theatre. In this introduction course Student will explore aspects including; improvisation, vocal and physical characterization, scene work, monologue work, technical theatre and musical theatre. Semester Course, May be Repeated

Musical Theatre for the Non-Major

This is a survey course of all aspects of musical theatre including basic history, vocal and dance techniques. Semester Course, May be Repeated

Dance for the non-major

Students interested in learning to dance who do not have dance experience are welcome to take this course to learn the basic fundamentals of various dance styles. 


Supplemental Courses offered as desired or needed


Visual Arts

This is a basic art class that will introduce students to art forms including drawing, painting, sculpture, 2-D, 3-D, and various other methods of creating visual art.

Professional Communications and Public Speaking (8th grade and above)

This class is designed to improve communication skills with peers, family, teachers, employers or large groups of people so that the student may participate more successfully in professional and social life. Rapidly expanding technologies and corporate systems demand strong choices in verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills and critical thinking. Students enrolled will be expected to identify, analyze, develop and evaluate communication skills needed for professional and social success in interpersonal situations, interviews, group interactions, and professional or personal presentations. This course will include resume writing and interview skills. Semester Course


Human Anatomy and Physiology (High School)

​Students in Anatomy and Physiology will study a variety of topics, including the structure and function of the human body and the interaction of body systems for maintaining homeostasis. Focuses on the fundamental concepts and mechanisms that regulate important structural and functional properties of the human organ systems. This course is concerned with the normal function of the intact organism with an emphasis placed on musculoskeletal and neuroendocrine function. Laboratory course. Semester Course


Kinesiology & Injury Prevention (8th grade and above)

This course provides information on the why, how, and what of exercise and physical activity for fitness. The course involves discussions of the need for fitness and a comparison of health-related and skill-related fitness. It combines classroom and lab experiences that promote a healthy lifestyle. The course provides the knowledge of prevention, care, and rehabilitation of common athletic injuries. The student receives athletic training information and the skills necessary to care for the common movement injury. Designed to develop competence in rendering immediate and temporary aid to a victim of accident, sudden illness, or injury. Semester Course


Psychology and Sociology for the Performer (High School)

​Students study the science of behavior and mental processes. Students examine the full scope of the science of psychology such as the historical framework, methodologies, human development, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, personality development, cognition, learning, intelligence, biological foundations, mental health, and social psychology. An introductory in social behavior and organization of human society. This course will describe the development of the field as a social science by identifying methods and strategies of research leading to an understanding of how the individual relates to society and the ever changing world. Students will also learn the importance and role of culture, social structure, socialization, and social change in today's society. Semester Course


World Culture Studies (High School)

This course is a combination of Geography and Cultural Anthropology. It is designed to introduce the student to the concepts of culture in human experience and the concepts of geography. What culture is, how it develops, how it changes, and how it is transferred in time and space, its power to influence our lives and events, are some of the main topics examined. Because of the substantial influence of religion on human cultures and history, understanding major world religions will also be a focus of the course. Topics as the role of family, language, art, political ideologies, government types, gender roles, work, status and rank, war, and children are also examined. Semester Course


College Test Prep (SAT/ACT) (High School)

​This course is designed to help students prepare for the rigors of taking the PSAT and/or SAT tests offered by the College Board.  Our primary goal is to identify and implement test taking strategies using prerequisite knowledge to increase student performance.  Students in this course should have passed Algebra 2 or are taking it concurrently. Semester Course, May be repeated

Theatrical Design- Costume, Makeup and Artistry

​This course introduces the student to the fundamental elements and principals of design and how they apply to the production experience of costume, make-up and artistry.  To create a vocabulary for the discussion, appreciation and evaluation of an artistic production design, and to develop an appreciation, understanding and respect for the work and contribution of design and designers to the experience of a production. Semester Course, May be repeated



This course introduces students to the world of photography and journalism. The law, ethics, and history of photography complement the major units of study: operation and care of the digital camera, taking pictures, teamwork, and management skills. In addition, students will have opportunities to use state-of the-art computer-aided publishing tools and other hands-on production tools. Students develop skills and knowledge about commercial photography. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze customer needs and preferences, apply the principles of art to photographs, and develop photographs using a variety of production processes. The most important thing you can bring away from this course is a new sense of vision. Your goals will be to further your appreciation of light, discover meaning in images rather than words, and learn how to make images important and powerful in their own right. Semester Course, May be repeated


Performance Art

Students will gain knowledge on the history and relevance of Performance Art as well as the techniques to create original works. Students will explore topics and discuss how using performance art can be beneficial to the Arts community. Students will create an original piece of performance Art to share with the class and community. Semester Course, May be repeated


Creative Writing

Creative Writing is designed for students to create original forms of descriptive writing, poetry, drama and fiction. Vocabulary development, creative writing techniques, and skills are explored. Students submit their work to local and national magazines. Computers and word processing are used for composition. Writings are presented orally and in written form. Semester Course, May be repeated


Broadcasting and Visual Media

Visual Media Analysis and Production will interpret various media forms for a variety of purposes. In addition, students will critique and analyze the significance. Students will understand how media influence tastes, behavior, purchasing, and voting decisions. Students who are media literate understand television, radio, film, and other visual images and auditory messages. Students will create an original news and entertainment broadcast. Semester Course



Controversial issues arise in aspects of personal, social public, and professional life in modern society. Debate and argumentation are widely used to make decisions and reduce conflict. Students who develop skills in argumentation and debate become interested in current issues, develop sound critical thinking, and sharpen communication skills. They acquire life-long skills for intelligently approaching controversial issues. Semester Course, May be repeated