Students in 9th grade are required to complete a year-long Computer Applications course that provides a strong foundation of technology skills that are useful in high school courses and in life. Students develop an understanding of how video and photography can send a powerful message to a global audience through shooting video and editing footage in Adobe Premiere and After Effects. They use Adobe Photoshop to create video graphics and edit photographs while learning composition. Students learn graphic design by creating page layouts in Adobe Illustrator and animating vector graphics in After Effects. They use GarageBand and iMovie to create an original project. Students also use Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and Forms to make practical publications and HTML and CSS code to create personalized websites.
Once they have completed the Computer Applications course, students also have the option of taking the Digital Media Marketing course and specializing in graphic design, web design, or video production.
For those who are interested in learning about computer science and programming, YISS offers both the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A courses.