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Pathway Description

Specialized Academy of Computer Media, Arts and Animation (SACMAA) is designed for students who have a passion for animation, digital art and computer media. This program allows students to complete their A-G requirements while continually developing their skills within one of the two strands: Animation or Digital Art. SACMAA offers extended work-based learning: Cherry Hill Film Festival, college tours, internships, job shadows, professional speaker series and work-based learning field trips.


No minimum criteria.

Students interested in the University Scholars experience may apply with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

course of study

This pathway does not require any AP courses. Optional AP courses may be available.

Grade 9

  • English 1-2  or English 1-2 Acc
  • Algebra 1 or Geometry Accelerated
  • Biology, Biology Acc or Environmental Geoscience
  • PE or Sport
  • Spanish 1-2 or French 1-2
  • Elective
  • Elective

Grade 10

  • English 3-4 or English 3-4 Acc
  • Geometry or Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Acc
  • Chemistry or Physics
  • Modern World or AP World
  • PE or Sport
  • Digital Art and Imaging 1-2
  • Spanish 3-4 or French 3-4

Grade 11

  • English 5-6, English 5-6 Honors or AP English Language
  • Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Honors or Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus Honors
  • AP/Elective Science
  • US History or AP US History
  • Digital Art and Imaging 3-4
  • Elective
  • Elective

Grade 12

  • Multicultural Literature or CSU Expository Reading/Writing or AP English Literature or Film Analysis
  • Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus Honors or AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB
  • AP/Elective Science
  • US Government/Economics or AP Government
  • Information Technology and Logistics
  • Elective
  • Elective

popular electives

  • Drawing and Painting 1-2
  • 3D Art 1-2
  • Film Analysis 1-2
  • Art and Animation 1-2
  • Art and Animation 3-4
  • Art and Animation 5-6
  • AP Human Geography, AP Seminar, AP Language, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, AP Computer Science
  • Dance, Band, Orchestra, Concert Choir

Course of Study is subject to change at the discretion of the district.

student quotes

“Where your dreams come true.“

- Diego Barajas

“I enjoy being in SACMAA. This pathway encourages you to express your own type of style of art.”

- Khrystopher Ian Castro

staff quotes

“We are all mortal, but art lives forever. Carpe Diem!”

- Karen Shoop

“SACMAA — Where creativity is in bloom at Cabrillo H.S.”

- Erika Spurlin

College attendance

Top colleges that SACMAA students attended:

  1. Long Beach City College
  2. CSU Long Beach
  3. CSU Dominguez Hills
  4. Sacramento City College, Los Rios CC Dist
  5. UC Irvine
  6. San Francisco State University
  7. Northern Arizona University
  8. CSU East Bay
  9. CSU Northridge