Earning High School Credits Through ECA

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The ECA Advantage

EEI Creative Arts is proud to recognize students' efforts in our creative courses with the opportunity to earn high school elective credits reflected through official transcripts granted by the WASC and Cognia-accredited Elite Open School. WASC and Cognia represent the two highest accreditation standards available today. Credits bestowed by Elite Open School are eligible to contribute towards high schools' graduation requirements and serve to highlight a student's passion and dedication on college applications.

Students who complete 3 modules in any order within one creative discipline are eligible to receive a semester of high school elective credit. ECA's curriculum and program structure offers students the opportunity to learn at their own pace and explore their interests while simultaneously working towards fulfilling their graduation requirements.

Why Modular Electives?

  •      Ease of Exploration
    Students who are in the process of exploring their passions, especially in a multifaceted industry such as film, need flexibility to experience different creative disciplines before committing.

  •       Flexibility of Time
    ECA's program is designed to complement students' busy schedules rather than compete with other time demands. The awarding of high school credits honors students' time and effort.

  •      Commitment after Confirmation
    ECA Modules are designed to identify the moment a student’s interest becomes a passion. From then on, it becomes our mission to foster development towards quality skills and career building.

Why Credit for Classwork? 

  •      College Applications Value
    Credits from an accredited high school can be sent directly to colleges during the application process, augment GPA calculations, as well as demonstrate interest and ability in a field of study.

  •      Competitive Edge for Internships
    Letters of recommendation from industry professional instructors and listed specialized coursework serve to highlight a students' demonstrated value when applying for real-world internships.

  •      Assurance of Course Quality
    A WASC & Cognia-accredited transcript is a universally recognized signifier that the time and effort invested by a student towards training in a creative discipline has been reviewed by a trusted entity to guarantee outstanding quality of instruction.

Educational Pathways

Meet Derek
Meet Angela

Meet Angela. She is a 9th grader who loves to read, consistently performing as a top writer in her English class. Angela hopes for her future career to involve storytelling and writing. Thus far, Angela's English classes have primarily centered around writing essays in the standard 5-paragraph format. Although she excels in this type of writing, Angela's personal interest in storytelling principles and screenwriting conventions have yet to be nurtured.
 Angela learns about ECA's Modular Electives for Creative Arts and decides to enroll in the 4-week course on Screenwriting. She finds the course engaging and is eager to progress through her coursework, as the instruction fits perfectly in line with her personal interests and aspirations. Soon, Angela begins to develop skills that allow her to devise and present her stories in a polished format. She feels her beloved hobby begin to show real promise as a legitimate career option. In the Spring, she plans to take the next two Screenwriting modules.
Upon completion of her third modular course in Screenwriting, Angela is awarded with a semester of high school elective credit. Rather than take elective courses that she feels dispassionate about such as computer programming or photography, Angela feels motivated to earn more elective credits through ECA by taking advanced classes in Screenwriting that further expand on the craft of professional screenwriting. As a student who now knows what she likes to do, is good at, and wants to do in the future, ECA opens the path for Angela to start investing early into her primary skill set of crafting narratives and storytelling.
Meet Derek. Tech-savvy and artistic to boot, Derek has carved out a spot for himself as the designated video editor of his school newspaper. Derek is an 11th Grader and is very busy. Though his high school offers art class as an elective course and even boasts a film club, neither of these options would be sufficient for fulfilling his curiosity while facilitating the skill development that Derek desires.
Derek takes the Fundamentals of Editing 4-week module, which allows him to watch pre-recorded lectures based on his own busy schedule and attend virtual hands-on workshops on Sunday mornings. He enjoys growing his skillset as an editor, but also feels compelled to explore other aspects of film by switching gears to take the first module of the Virtual Production course. Derek absolutely loves the creative freedom of creating landscapes and characters within a digital medium.
 At the critical juncture of diving deeper into post-production or virtual production, Derek decides to book a consultation with his instructors. After much research and deliberation, Derek ultimately lands on Virtual Production and enrolls in VP Modules 2 and 3, "3D Modeling in Maya" and "3D Animation." Upon completion, he will have fulfilled the requirements to earn a Virtual Production Technology elective course credit on his transcript from Elite Open School when applying to USC.

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