Summit's fine arts programs increase course choices and allow students to study subjects in greater depth. Arts available to students include Newspaper, Yearbook, Cinema, Instrumental Music, Art, Ensemble, and Theater. Summit believes that art is vital to cultural expression, and teaches students to utilize their God-given talents in many arenas without diminishing their biblical worldview. SCA's fine arts department encourages creativity, individual growth, and meaningful expression. Students have the opportunity to put their ideas into form while becoming visually literate, historically grounded, and familiar with the diversity of arts and cultures worldwide.
The Summit Christian Theater program is a flourishing and integral part of the Academy’s fine arts department. It has continued to grow each year in both numbers and in respect among the community for its dedication to excellence and high level of performance. Students may enroll in theater arts classes beginning in seventh grade. Both middle school level classes are designed to teach the students basic acting skills through various forms of learning. These basic techniques include learning to use one’s imagination, developing vocal skills, stage and theater terminology, improvisation, scene work, and many others.
The Summit Christian Academy art department strives to create an environment of creativity for our students. The art teachers work diligently to ensure that our students receive a well-rounded art education, including the elements and principles of art, coupling art history with creating art in a wide variety of media such as printmaking, sculpture, painting, mixed-media, and drawing. Students also learn how they can use their artistic skills as an act of worship to glorify God. Students have the opportunity to compete at the ACSI District Competition and many have received high-level awards, including state-level competition at the ACSI Regional Art Festival.
Students learn the techniques of playing band instruments, working to develop tonal quality and technical facility. Students discuss and constructively comment on their own performances and on the performances of the band. Emphasis is placed on proper breathing, tone control, reading skills, development of the embouchure, intonation, articulation, and development of range. Students develop individual and group performance skills, using various styles of band literature. Instrumental music remains an important component of a Summit education. Students are challenged and afforded the opportunity to grow into skilled, lifelong, servant musicians by performing, leading, and serving in a variety of settings.
Cinema class provides students the opportunity to explore the language of cinema, to recognize the importance of conveying messages through video elements, and learn to convey messages with a biblical worldview. Students gain experience in producing and analyzing media, allows them to learn techniques to plan, create, and evaluate a video segment or short film, and to produce videos that hold to a biblical worldview for specific events and purposes (i.e., chapel, classes, etc.). Students in this class also produce media presentations for the senior graduation ceremony. Summit is proud of our students for having their video “Amidst the Flames” entered for the competition at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, and for having their video “A Journey of One” shown at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.
The Summit Christian Academy Ensemble is a growing and exciting part of the fine arts department. It is designed to give students the opportunity to gain technical music knowledge, while working towards developing their vocal skills. This is accomplished through learning to sing in multiple voicings, understanding and getting to know their voice through breath training and warm-ups, developing the ability to stylize their voice for various music genres, and understanding how to interpret and deliver a song’s message. This is a fun class for students in 9th-12th grades who love to sing and who have a desire to improve their overall vocal ability. Ensemble occurs on A days of the block schedule, which allows the student to take an additional fine art elective, if desired.
The Journey, Summit's award-winning yearbook, has worked to establish a tradition of excellence. The staff's goal is to define and record the year in a poignant and provoking historical record that creates lasting memories of and for the people who breathe life into our school.
The Eagle's Cry is Summit Christian Academy’s student newspaper that aims to enrich and entertain the secondary student body. Newspaper class is a hands-on learning experience for Desktop Publishing, with emphasis on developing skills in layout, journalistic writing, reporting, interviewing, production, and content generation. Students are given personal deadlines for their own content, but also learn to work together as a team to meet publication deadlines.