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The IRCS Digital Arts Program – a Crown Jewel of Indian Rocks Christian School

February 05, 2014
By IRCS
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There are many reasons why parents choose to send their children to Indian Rocks Christian School in Largo, Fla. We offer a premier private middle school and high school as well as exceptional elementary and preschool-level programs. We have challenging academics, a thriving sports program and a curriculum that helps children grow in their relationships with Christ. In short, we think everything about our school is pretty awesome.

But did you know about our unique digital arts program?

That’s right. Our digital arts program is unlike any other arts program in the Largo, Fla., area.

It all started in the 1990s, when we assembled a team of IRCS students to help with sound, lighting and camera operation at assemblies, chapel services and special events. By 2012, we had added both media and website design classes.

Today, the program is headed by Charlie Hall who has been with us since 2008 and comes to us with an extensive background including radio, video production, film and computer IT.

“This program allows students to gain experience in cutting-edge technology and benefits the school with the projects they create,” he says. “Digital arts is not only a great opportunity for the students in the program, but also a great public relations tool as we literally show our school to the world through our live stream broadcasts.”

Yes, live stream broadcasts. How many other schools can say they have a fully functional television studio on campus? Our digital arts students have the capability to stream both home or away games for on-demand viewing. DVDs of special events and athletic competitions are also available.

Students enrolled in digital arts may choose from video editing, electronic journalism, web design, music studio and digital photography.  Many of the students help produce live stream broadcasts of special events such as chapel services and sporting events. They also coordinate and create “The Morning Show” for middle school and high school announcements as well as “B4 the Bell,” a music and information program each morning before school. Digital arts students even lend their technical support services to missionary groups affiliated with IRCS.

Digital arts also offers a two-week summer camp for students interested in further developing their creative abilities.

Currently, 27 students are enrolled and many more volunteer to help with events.

By providing students an outlet for creative expression they are encouraged to use their gifts and talents for the glory of God. And as digital media evolves, we want to stay ahead of the changes to help our students be prepared for careers or college opportunities away from IRCS.

Indian Rocks Christian School graduates have gone on to obtain jobs in the local media or continue their studies at college.

Coupled with our traditional arts programs, such as the performing arts like band, drama and chorus as well as fine arts like painting, photography and yearbook design, the arts at Indian Rocks Christian School are alive and well. Creating well-rounded students is part of the mission and vision of IRCS and one of the many reasons parents in the Largo, Fla., area choose our private middle school and high school.

We encourage our students to discover and cultivate their God-given talents, from traditional arts to the new digital arena.

Learn more about our digital arts program today

Want to know more about our digital arts program for private middle and high school students in Largo, Fla.? We’d love to hear from you. Call us at (727) 596-4342 today or submit an online inquiry. We’d be happy to schedule a tour or simply answer your questions.