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VISUAL ARTS

"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
Albert Einstein

The Visual Arts Department at Santa Margarita Catholic High School offers a diverse college prep curriculum from beginning to advanced and IB levels of art and video production to graphic design, film, 3D sculpture and photography.

Each of our teachers focuses on using a nurturing environment that promotes creativity and imagination, making sure that students are comfortable using their creative side. Through our program, students develop confidence and an appreciation for cultures and the world around them. Each of our teachers encourages our students to take pride in their work and develop their God-given talents.

COURSES

2D Studio Classes


7401A ART
Art is a year-long course. The first semester is an introductory course in which the basic techniques are taught. During the second semester we will further develop the techniques taught in the first semester. This course is designed for the student that is serious about learning more about art, but no prior skills are necessary. Students will explore a variety of exercises and projects using a variety of materials throughout the semester. Students learn a process of art-making and will keep an on-going sketchbook in which they put preliminary drawings for their designs, class notes, self-evaluation, etc. Sketchbook is digitally maintained. It is expected that students will read about, write about, and speak about art. Art journals are read and responded to throughout the year. In the second semester the student reads about, writes about, speaks about, and evaluates art work, but on a more advanced level, and with a greater emphasis on developing personal style and understanding the elements and principles of design. A research project related to art is also completed.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

7407A DRAWING
This is an intermediate drawing course that has a prerequisite of a satisfactory completion of Art or equivalent Middle School Art portfolio. Students will explore and refine their use of various drawing media through a variety of subject matters including still life, portraits, photorealism, landscapes, and illustrations. Each student will keep an ongoing digital sketchbook, participate in critiques, and research artists and style of art. Students will learn and apply the principles and elements of design to their works of art. Students will build upon their skills and move towards creating meaning in their work as the year progresses.

Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Art or Satisfactory Portfolio Review.


7410A ADVANCED DRAWING 1
(f) UC Approved

7411A ADVANCED DRAWING 2
This is an advanced drawing course that has a prerequisite of a satisfactory completion of Art and Drawing. The art student continues exploring art issues in drawing to a greater depth, and continues work in the areas of art criticism and art history, in addition to their advanced studio work. Students work more independently but closely with the art teacher. Students read art journals, art newspapers, attend art exhibits, maintain a sketchbook, and research artists and art movements as they apply to their own work. Students exhibit their work and create and update their portfolios.

Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: (1) 10, 11, 12, (2) 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisites: Advanced Drawing 1- Middle School Art, Drawing, and teacher approval. Advanced Drawing 2- Advanced Drawing 1, and teacher approval.

7412C ADVANCED DRAWING HONORS
This is an advanced painting honors course that requires a satisfactory completion of Painting. The student continues exploring painting media and issues but in more depth. There is an emphasis on integrating new techniques such as printmaking and mixed-media. Individual creative process and development of personal style and direction, independent thinking, and art philosophical inquiry relating to the individual works is emphasized. Each student researches artists and art styles as they apply to the direction of the assignments. Students participate in art as they apply to the direction of the assignments. Students participate in art critiques, write and speak about the art throughout the course. Opportunity for exhibition of artwork is given to students during Semester 2 at annual Spring Art Show.

Honors: Students will be required to complete weekly sketchbook homework assignments as well as visit a museum per semester with a journal reflection.

Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 11,12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite Art or Drawing and Painting


7420A PAINTING
This is an intermediate acrylic painting course. The student learns the use and care of materials, experiments with color mixing, value, and intensity. Each student maintains a sketchbook, reads art journals, and researches artists and art styles as they apply to his/her work. Students are encouraged to attend art exhibits.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Completion of Middle School Art or portfolio review.

7421A ADVANCED PAINTING 1
7422A ADVANCED PAINTING 2

The student continues exploring painting media and issues but on a more advanced level. There is an emphasis on developing personal style and direction, independent thinking, and art philosophical inquiry relating to the individual works and direction. Each student maintains a sketchbook, reads art journals and researches artists and art styles as they apply to his/her own work. Students attend art exhibits, read art journals, participate in art critiques, write, and speak about art. Each student will write a philosophical statement about their own work, and create and update their portfolios.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: (1) 10, 11, 12 (2) 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite Advanced Painting 1: Middle School Art, Painting or portfolio review. Prerequisite Advanced Painting 2: Completion of Painting, Advanced Painting 1, and teacher approval.

7421C ADVANCED PAINTING HONORS
This is an advanced painting honors course that requires a satisfactory completion of Painting and Advanced Painting as well as a teacher recommendation. In this course the student will continue exploring painting media and issues but on a more advanced level. There will be an emphasis on exploring and studying artists who will inspire and broaden the student’s view of the painting media and expression. Students will work on continuing to develop their portfolio, artistic expression, as well as looking at the world of art in their own culture as well as in others around the world. Each student will maintain a sketchbook and will use this sketchbook to develop ideas, research artists and art movements, and experiment with different types of painting media. The sketchbook will be vital in the development of ideas and aiding students in their own unique creative process. Students in this course will be expected to exhibit their artwork throughout the course of the year. Students will be encouraged to attend art exhibits and read several art journals as often as possible. Students will participate in art critiques often and will be expected to write and speak about their artwork frequently. Each student will create a digital portfolio of their work at the end of the course. Each student will write an artist statement that they will include in their digital portfolio about their work and their development of this body of work.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Completions of Painting, Advanced Painting and/or teacher’s approval required

7450A PHOTOGRAPHY
The photography art student must have a digital “manual” 35mm camera. Each student will be responsible for having at least 4 projects per grading period, and some pictures enlarged through an outside lab. The student will learn and explore observational skills, photographic techniques, and “photography as art” concepts relating to art history and art philosophy. While learning how to use the camera, and how cameras work, the student will explore photography within different genres (portraits, landscape, interior and exterior space, sport, etc.). In addition, students will be learning computer programs that will further their understanding of the photographic process. They will explore simple techniques in Adobe Photoshop and photo editing processes.

Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
(f) UC Approved

7451A ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY
Builds upon skills learned in ‘Photography’. This includes camera techniques, photo analysis, photo composition and an increasing emphasis on adjustment and improvement of photographs using photo manipulation software. Students are encouraged to development various forms of composition such as photography for science, art or publication. Career opportunities and the ethics of photography will be explored in depth as well. Students will be able to understand advanced techniques and some special effects in photography as they learn to find their personal ‘voice’.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
(f) UC Approval Pending
Prerequisite: Photography

7460F VISUAL ARTS IB HL 1
Visual Arts IB HL 1 is a yearlong course. Students enrolled in this course will investigate past, present, and emerging forms of Visual Arts. Students will produce, evaluate, and develop an understanding of the visual arts from a local, national, and international perspective. Students will produce a minimum of 100 pages in a Visual Art Journal to support, inform, develop, and refine studio work through sustained contextual and visual critical investigation. The Visual Art Journal is integral to studio practice and should reflect the student’s critical visual and written investigation..

Students are required to complete a portfolio of work throughout the year with a focus on investigating a variety of subject matter and processes. Some of this work could be used in and toward final HL2 Exhibition (EX) task. Curation and critique will be a focus in preparation for the HL 2. The compiled information accumulated in their Visual Art Journal (VAJ) will be the integral evidence to support their Process Portfolio (PP), Comparative Study (CS) and Exhibition (EX) components which will culminate in its final development and formally assessed both internally and externally in year two, semester two of Visual Arts IB HL 2.

Length of Course: Year
Open to Grade: 11
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Minimum requirement is successful completion of Art 1 and portfolio review recommended. Preferred requirement are successful completion of Art 1 and Drawing or Painting with grades of “A” and/or teacher recommendation. .
Note: Students enrolled in this course are required to take Visual Arts IB HL 2 the following year to fulfill the two year Visual Arts IB HL commitment

7461F VISUAL ARTS IB HL 2
Visual Arts IB HL 2 is the continuation of the Visual Arts IB HL 1 course. Students enrolled in this course will continue to
investigate past, present, and emerging forms of Visual Arts. Students will produce, evaluate, and develop an understanding of the visual arts from a local, national, and international perspective. Students will continue the production of their investigation workbook to support, inform, develop, and refine studio work through sustained contextual and visual critical investigation. The investigation workbook is integral to studio practice and should reflect the student’s critical visual and written investigation. Students are required to complete a personal statement based on their experience documenting their growth from their investigation and process of art making.

Students are required to complete a portfolio of work, an investigation workbook, and an interview with an examiner about their work. If the student chooses Higher Level Option A, their focus will be 60% studio work, and 40% investigation workbook. If Higher Level Option B is chosen, the students focus will be 60% Investigation Workbook and 40% studio work. Both options A & B require the completion of a Candidate Record Booklet, which consists of 3 parts; IWB’s best pages, studio works, and student’s personal statement.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grade: 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Visual Arts IB HL 1 with grade of A both semesters and/or teacher recommendation.


Graphic Design

6213A GRAPHIC DESIGN
This course is designed for students who are interested in the art, language, business and career concepts of and about 2-Dimensional design utilizing the computer and Adobe Photoshop software. Students will learn and apply the principles of design to manipulate images in a digital format and produce project based graphic art under production deadlines. Some of the design techniques include: fundamentals of color management, photo retouching, imaging, special effects, layers, filters and masks. Students must be highly motivated and able to work independently.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Note: Adobe Creative Cloud is supplied on student devices.

6214A ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN
This course is designed to give students a second year to dive deeper into the world of computer graphics. Students will further their understanding of the art, language, business and career concepts of and about 2-Dimensional and interactive design utilizing the computer and the software Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. Students will learn, build upon and apply the principles of design to manipulate images and create original artwork in a digital format and produce project based graphic art under production deadlines. Some of the design techniques include: Digital Illustration, Typography, Layout, and Interactive Media. Students must be highly motivated and able to work independently.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Graphic Design

3D Studio Classes

7440A 3-D SCULPTURE AND DESIGN
3-D Sculpture and Design is an introductory class in which basic building techniques and materials will be taught in the production of 3-dimensional sculpture. In addition to basic sculpture techniques, the elements of 3-dimensional design will be learned as they apply to the projects at hand. This class will approach sculpture and design from a fine arts perspective; therefore, aesthetics and design will be addressed, as well as skill and craftsmanship. Students will learn the process of art-making with keeping an ongoing sketchbook, in which will be preliminary drawings for design, evaluation and reflections on their own work. It is expected that students will read, write, and speak about design and sculpture. Art history/research projects will be completed by each student and submitted in written form.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

7441A ADVANCED 3-D SCULPTURE AND DESIGN
Advanced 3-D Sculpture and Design is a course that offers upper level skill development, as students incorporate knowledge from their first year of 3-D Sculpture and Design. Skills that are emphasized in Advanced 3-D Sculpture are increased hand building skill and craft in multiple mediums, slip casting, advanced paint and glaze application and a further understanding and emphasis on the Principles of Design as they relate to 3-dimensional sculpture and the student’s own developing artistic styles. Projects present additional challenges and thinking in craft, design and color at an advanced level. This class will approach sculpture and design from a fine arts perspective; therefore, aesthetics and design will be addressed, as well as skill and craftsmanship. Students will learn the process of art-making with the keeping of an ongoing sketchbook, in which will be; preliminary drawings for design, evaluation, and reflections on their own work. It is expected that students will read, write, and speak about design and sculpture at an advanced level, building on prerequisite class learning. Art history/research projects will be completed by each student and submitted in written form, in addition to 3-dimensional works.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approval Pending
Prerequisite: One year of 3-D Sculpture and Design and teacher approval.

Broadcast Journalism

6219A TELEVISION PRODUCTION
This course is designed to teach students the skills needed for producing studio multi-camera television shows. Students will learn about the entire television production process (both technical and professional), the three different phases of production (pre-production, production and post-production), and taking on different production elements including: creating a timeline, organizing and scheduling talent, and writing and developing segments. This class will also present the historical, programming, physical, legal, social and economic aspects of television production. The course will prepare students for college internships and careers in studio production. This class presents an outstanding opportunity for students to learn the craft of producing television features, stories, profiles and interviews outside the formal television studio setting. Students will learn the many exciting and rewarding aspects of television in front of and behind the camera.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

6222A BROADCAST JOURNALISM
The objective of this class is to teach students the fundamentals of reporting from the perspective of an on camera talent presenter, analyst, correspondent or specialized reporter. Story-telling and coverage of stories in the film and entertainment field will be taught. Students will focus on aspects of current film (movie releases) and entertainment news involving television and internet broadcasting. This class will emulate network type nightly entertainment shows that focus on what’s happening in the entertainment world both nationally and global. An emphasis will be that of on air reporting. Those students who have good oral and written communication skills will excel in this class. Whether using the medium of TV, radio or internet, the requirements of “journalism” apply across the spectrum. Every day a journalist has to look for possible news or feature stories that might be of interest to the public – for our purpose it is the SM student body. How to approach a story as a true journalist – the art of storytelling by gathering the facts is what will be taught and practiced. Our goal is also to work with the school newspaper in bringing the industry and media gap between print and digital. This exciting class will have a rotation of “beats” that the students will focus on during the semester. Those “beats” will include news, hot topics, entertainment, sports, interest stories, clubs, campus ministry, student government etc. Students will seek out stories, conduct interviews, shoot video support (b-roll) to compile stories.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approval Pending
Prerequisite: Completion of Television Production with a “C” or better

6222C BROADCAST JOURNALISM HONORS (EAGLE T V 2.0 “LIVE” SHOW)
The Eagle TV 2.0 daily morning show is the emphasis of this class. A selected number of students that must have at least one-year of volunteer experience working on Eagle TV 2.0 or have taken one-year of broadcast journalism or TV Production to be considered. Each student will be required to have knowledge and the ability to produce (all content) all aspects of the daily “live” Eagle TV 2.0 show. This class prepares, through the daily activity of preparing a live show, all students with superior and advanced knowledge in all areas of television production and journalism. It will allow students an excellent foundation for a career in television production and broadcasting. The course will prepare students for college internships and careers in studio production.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approval Pending
Prerequisite: Completion of Television Production or Broadcast Journalism. Students must submit a sample of their work and be interviewed by Director of Broadcast Journalism.

6250A EDITING FOR TELEVISION AND INTERNET BROADCASTING
The art of story-telling often takes place in post-production with the element of editing. This class focuses on editing techniques that include both video and audio. A variety of assignments will take place during each semester that will ultimately enhance the SM student’s advanced capability to edit for television and Internet (online) broadcasting. State of the art and updated media and video editing software will make the experience of this class feel like the “real world” of broadcasting. Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approval Pending
Prerequisite: Completion of Television Production with a “C” or better

6251A RADIO BROADCASTING AND PODCAST
This unique class will focus on one of the oldest aspects of broadcasting, radio. We will also explore modern aspects, for example podcasting and radio broadcasting on the Internet, in its new and evolving forms. Initially, the students will learn the history of radio – the roots and the evolution of this great medium. Students will learn the aspects of radio broadcasting that include news, entertainment, sports, specialized talk shows, interviews and live calls. Students will learn radio engineering and be given the opportunity of creating their own weekly radio show or podcast. Upon completion of this class students will have the qualifications for an internship with any professional radio station or podcasting internet platform.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approval Pending

6252A SPORTS BROADCASTING & REMOTE EVENT PRODUCTION
This exceptional class will provide students with a comprehensive platform to learn all aspects of television sports production, broadcasting and event production. Live multi-camera sports coverage will be our focal point – all sports will be included. Students will learn the fundamentals of the broadcast sports production process. Opportunities for students will be presented both in front of and behind the camera and inside the production truck. Learn camera, directing, technical directing, audio, graphics, play by play announcing etc. All facets of remote sports production will be covered and learned. Students are required to attend a minimum of 6 after school events.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approval Pending 75

Film

FILM 1
This course introduces students to the world of video production, including camera operation, editing, script writing, and how to successfully communicate your story. Each student will gain hands-on experience of single camera (film style) productions. No prior experience is required for this course.

Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9,10,11,12
(f) UC Approved


FILM 2
This course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of all aspects of digital media production, Students will view film samples and gain experience in lighting, sound recording, producing, and directing. Students will choose crew positions and learn how a professional film set operates, enabling them to appreciate film at a higher level. At least one weekend shoot is required.

Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Film 1.


6217A FILM AS ART
This course introduces students to the art, language, business and career concepts of and about the international motion picture industry. Students are required to learn the process of how a film is made from idea to seeing the idea on the silver screen. The students are taught to “read” a film, analyzing its structure, genre, technical and artistic factors and purpose. Students study the wide variety of careers required to make films and support the motion picture industry. Lastly, students learn how to view film, talk about film, write about film, critique films and research film. Also, with film viewing, students analyze film, research topics on specific areas of the motion picture industry, write original short scripts, create a short film of their own and do the necessary preparation to make a million-dollar feature film.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(f) UC Approved

SCREENWRITING HONORS
This course guides students through the process of completing a feature length screenplay. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of writing by studying script history, structure, character development, dialogue, and other dramatic devices that shape contemporary screenplays. Through screenings, discussions, and writing exercises, the student will acquire creative and analytical skills that they will use to help bring their characters and stories to life. No prior experience is required for this course.

Length of Course: Year
Open to Grade: 11,12
(f) UC Approved

6230F Film IB HL 1
This film course aims to develop students as proficient interpreters and makers of film. Through the study and analysis of films, and through practical exercises in film production, the film course develops students’ critical abilities and their appreciation of artistic, cultural, historical and global perspectives in film. Students examine film concepts, theories, practices and ideas from multiple perspectives, challenging their own viewpoints and biases in order to understand and value those of others. The course emphasizes the importance of working collaboratively. It focusses on the international and intercultural dynamic that triggers and sustains contemporary film, while fostering in students an appreciation of the development of film across time, space and culture. Students are challenged to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate the diverse cultures that exist within film, and to have open and critical innovation. Students are challenged to acquire and develop critical thinking, reflective analysis and the imaginative synthesis that is achieved through practical engagement in the art, craft and study of film.

Length of Course: Year
Open to Grade: 11
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Successful completion of either Digital Video Production or successful teacher interview

6231F Film IB HL 2
This course is the continuation of Film IB HL 1 (please see Film IB HL 1 course description) taken during student’s senior year. During this year, along with continuing to develop the students’ skills in interpreting film and making film productions, students will complete the four required assessments for the course. These assessments include: Textual Analysis (essay), Comparative Study (multimedia presentation), Film Portfolio (film reel) and Collaborative Film Project.

Length of Course: Year
Open to Grade: 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Film IB HL 1 and teacher recommendation.


6232F Film IB SL
Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form. This introductory 1-year IB course is aimed at studentswho are highly motivated and are dedicated to developing analysis and research skills so they become proficient in both interpreting and making digital media productions. Through the study of film texts and exercises in production and analysis, the IB film course explores film history, theory and socio-economic backgrounds. The course will develop students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the diversity of cultural and historical perspectives in film. To achieve an understanding of internationalism within the world of film, students will be taught to consider film texts, theories and ideas from the points of view of different individuals, nations and cultures. The IB Film course emphasizes the importance of working individually and as a member of a group. Students will be encouraged to develop the organizational and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively in digital media production. Students will be challenged to become aware of their own perspectives and biases and learn to respect those of others. This requires willingness to attempt to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate cultural diversity, and to have an open and critical mind. At the core of this IB Film course lays a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis achieved through practical engagement in the art and craft of digital media productions.
Length of Course: Year
Open to Grades: 11, 12
(f) UC Approved
Prerequisite: A 3.0 academic GPA and a B or better in English and Social Studies.

Summer Assignments

Please check back later for Visual Arts summer assignments


RESOURCES

National Art Honor Society

The National Art Honor Society program inspires and recognizes students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art.

Download the NAHS application form here:APPLICATION FORM

Download the NAHS teacher recommendation form here:TEACHER RECOMMNEDATION FORM

Read the NAHS By-laws here:NAHS BY-LAWS

Contests

A variety of different contests with a shot at winning scholarship money. From studio art to graphic design and photography.

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SCAD Scholarship Contests

A variety of different contests with a shot at winning scholarship money. From studio art to graphic design and photography.

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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is for all types of art and writing submissions.

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DEPARTMENT CONTACTS

FACULTY / STAFF

Christine Adolph

Titles: Visual Arts Teacher
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School: 949-766-6000 ext. 4046

Clara DeLain

Titles: ETV Production Assistant
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School: 949-766-6000

Jaclyn Fields

Titles: Visual Arts Teacher
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Tessa Fleming '01

Titles: Social Studies Chairperson, Social Studies Teacher
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School: 949-766-6000 ext. 4066

Raul Rudy Gardea

Titles: Visual Arts Teacher
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School: 949-766-6000

Nancy Harrell

Titles: Visual Arts Community Outreach Coordinator
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School: 949-766-6000 ext. 4148

Paul Higgins

Titles: Director of Broadcasting/Journalism Teacher
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School: 949-766-6000 ext. 4112

Corey Lindabury '93

Titles: Visual Arts Teacher
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School: 949-766-6000 ext. 4022

Todd Naylor

Titles: Visual Arts Teacher
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School: 949-766-6000 ext. 4050

Christina Rising

Titles: Visual Arts Teacher & Department Chair
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School: 949-766-6000 ext. 4135