Southwest GSPOC Overview

  • Collegiate Academy

    • Collegiate Raiders will take college courses on the Southwest High School campus beginning their freshman and sophomore year.
    • Collegiate Raiders will continue taking some courses on the Tarrant County College South campus their junior and senior year. This ensures building a strong foundation with adequate academic, social, and emotional support services that will continue as they transition.
    • Collegiate Raiders will experience dedicated, collegiate teachers and professors.
    • Collegiate Raiders will have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree from Tarrant County College.

    Broadcast Journalism and Media Technology

    Be part of a production crew and learn the skills needed to be an anchor, director, reporter, and camera operator. Students in this program explore the exciting world of television, film, radio, audio recording, special effects, lighting, and photography. This dynamic, nationally recognized program provides real-world experience in broadcast journalism, sports broadcasting, and audio/video production.

    • Students get real-world, hands-on experience in a new state of the art television studio, control room, film set, and photography studio.
    • A partnership with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides students the opportunity to have their work published by a professional news outlet. The Star-Telegram averaged over 19 million-page views monthly in 2020.
    • A partnership with the District’s EdTV puts students on a television news set and at the controls in a radio studio to produce live programming for the FWISD cable channel multiple times a week.
    • Students have won the SkillsUSA National Championship in Broadcast News Production as well as Career Pathways in Arts A/V and a state championship in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021.
    • Opportunities include using the live multi-camera production bus at sporting, fine arts, and community events where students do it all – from operating cameras to directing and replay.
    • Students graduate with an industry certification in Adobe Premiere Pro prepared to excel in nationally recognized college programs for broadcast journalism.

    Music & Sound Design

    Students spend time in the lab and studio creating, recording, and performing original music (pop, rock, hip-hop, etc.) using technology and their principle and/ or electronic instruments. The process of songwriting, recording, mixing, and production provides students the material to develop a digital portfolio of professional quality music productions. This opportunity is open to non-traditional music students eager to learn to use technology in an authentic, self-directed musical experience.

      • Students learn the internationally recognized music technology program in the Ableton Push Initiative. This sponsorship is exclusive to North Texas.
      • Student performances demonstrate music technology at the national NAfME Conference.
      • Students perform at Arts Goggle, Fort Worth’s premiere festival of local artists and musicians.
      • Student recording artists “YSK” were signed to an independent distribution deal with Smith Music Group.