What is a Pathway?
Your pathway is the set of specific courses, academic programs, and learning experiences that you will complete as you progress from enrollment to graduation at TCA. Our pathways will guide you through a high school diploma that is fully aligned to at least one TEA endorsement. It will also guide you through at least one Field of Study (FOS) as part of your college degree.
TCA is an interdisciplinary school. Our pathways intersect and combine to give students a stimulating education that is grounded in both theory and practice. The Arts and Humanities pathway is anchored by courses in fine arts, literature, foreign language, and/or social studies. Through a combination of skills, training, and project based learning experiences, our students apply classroom learning to real-world challenges.
Your Passion…Your Skills…Your Journey
We understand that your academic journey must be infused by your passions. Our enrichment program allows you to personalize your curriculum pathway. You will be guided by our team of faculty mentors and master class instructors as you explore and refine your interests. They will also assist you through your senior capstone project and the creation of a professional portfolio. At TCA we want to cultivate the next generation of creative innovators. Academics matter-but what you do with them can change the world.
Your high school diploma will fully align to the current standards as set forth in the Texas Legislature . Our Arts and Humanities Pathway includes a focus in one or more of the following areas of study: Theatre, music, dance, fine arts, English, foreign language, and social studies. The Arts and Humanities endorsement is one of five endorsements that you will be able to chose from as you design your curriculum pathway.
Fine Arts Students make up a significant percentage of the TCA student population. We recognize the unique challenges that young artists face as they try to balance intense training and peformance schedules with academics. Our intercession schedule is paticularly helpful to these students. It allows them to focus their energy on performance during peak times such as December, while giving them credit for their involvement in the arts. We also work with these students to complete dual pathways so that they are able to prepare for careers that will support their artistic endeavors.
Your College Major
You will begin working on your college degree from during the first semester of your Freshman year at TCA. If you complete a full curriculum pathway with us, you will earn over 60 hours of fully transferable college credit. You will complete the basic courses required to finish the Texas common core curriculum. You will also complete at least one major Field of Study (FOS). The state of Texas guarantees that both your basic core and major field of study courses will transfer as a block and be applied to an appropriate major. This means that upon graduation from TCA, you will be finished with your lower-division degree requirements and be ready to transfer to any Texas public institution with a corresponding major as a college junior. The FOS curricula that are offered in our STEM pathways include:
Mexican American Studies