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For TAS and WAHS, all arts programs are currently offered as part of our after school programs. Please click on the After School Programs menu link above to learn more.

Music – “Accelerated Music Productions” (AMP)

AMP students worked over the summer in 2013, recording a student compilation album in AMP studios including the bands Auto Pilot, Angels on the Moon, Motor Way, Adreneline, and With All Your Luck. The studio gave a creative outlet to 20 of our students for two weeks, and in the end, will have 6 songs recorded.  Future student projects include music videos and an internet radio station.

AMP Program Summer 2013

AMP Program Summer 2013

Click the link below to hear an original song, “The Rabbit Song,” from Auto Pilot, our High School band with Ricky Alatorre (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Alfonso Alvarado (Lead Guitar), Jesus Aguilar (Bass), and Alex Castillo (Drums). The students wrote all of their own parts and recorded in the basement music studio with our WAHS Music instructor during their 9th grade year, 2012-13.

Basement Music Studio

Basement Music Studio

ACES Arts and extracurricular experiences

  • Geffen Theater – yearly school site performance for Grades 3-5 & classroom workshops
  • Ginga Arts – Capoeira weekly classes: Brazilian martial arts using combination of dance and music
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering – school improvement projects in collaboration with USC engineering students
  • LADOT – Safety assemblies, International Walk to School Day & Watch the Road Program
  • Children’s Nature Institute – field trips and school visits to learn about nature within the city and surrounding the city
  • American Heart Association – Lorax Teaching Gardens
  • Network for a Healthy California – Harvest of the Month and classroom workshops

ACES holds an annual Fall Harvest Festival in collaboration with parents, the After School Education & Safety (ASES) Program staff and Network for a Healthy California in support of our School Wellness Policy. Twice a year we have an opportunity for students to demonstrate their talents by performing in our winter and spring Espectáculo concert. To enrich classroom instruction, students go on annual field trips to local cultural centers such as the Getty Museum, California Science Center, Natural Museum of History, African-American Museum, Wells Fargo Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, La Brea Tar Pits, Aquarium of the Pacific, Museum of Tolerance, Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, Centennial Farm, Olvera Street, Disney Hall, and City Hall. Each year, all ACES 5th grade students attend an overnight three-day field trip to the Catalina Island Marine Institute as science enrichment.

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