About CAST Academy

The CAST Academy at Balboa High School is career/technical pathway supported by the State of California Education Department’s California Partnerships Academies. CAST is a visual and performing arts based program with an emphasis on the career/technical professions in the areas of the Arts and Entertainment Industries.


Using the arts and design as a lens for examining the world around them, students become keenly aware of the every day impact of visual communications and design on our lives. By engaging in creatively and technically challenging mediums like video, audio, digital animation, motion graphics, and theater production, students learn the skills and understanding necessary to actively create their own channels of communication. By working both as individuals as well as in production teams, students learn to work together to problem solve and produce a work that is larger than anyone individual.


One of the defining characteristics of the 21st Century is the explosion of digital media across the education and professional world. Students in the CAST academy learn the foundations of advanced digital media processes and the technology and software necessary to produce such media.


Students in CAST are required to be involved in a minimum of two outside learning experiences/internships. This component is required, understood and agreed upon when students select CAST. These opportunities range from learning advance methods and procedures in digital media, to internships at local museums, like the de Young, YBCA, BAVC and the Asian Art Museum.


The CAST required course work meets all minimum UC A-G requirements, as well as helps to build invaluable academic and professional portfolio development, networks, and experiences.


The CAST academy integrates elements of the areas below with and between the core academic classes of English and Social Studies/Economics



Music/Audio Production

Video/ Photography Production

Animation/Motion Graphics Production


One of the strengths of the CAST Academy is it’s long standing tradition of forming, building, and maintaining working partnerships with organizations, programs, businesses, and institutions over it’s long history. Below is a PowerPoint Presentation highlighting some of our thoughts and strategies on this important work, and why it is beneficial for both a school and a partner of any kind. We hope you find it valuable and thought provoking.

CAST AME Partners_Purpose


OutSide - CAST Brochure InSide - CAST Brochure

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