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Learn to survive and thrive in our self-paced, self-directed, gamified learning environment.

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Take your time, read carefully, and consider the implications of what you’re about to encounter.


The CIA program was designed to help you develop the necessary skills in graphic design, the ability to research and learn on your own, and to create innovative new designs.

You’ll earn Gold, XP, and Honor as you level up, develop your skills, and carve out a place of your own in the CIA.

Learn to use these new skills on cross-curricular projects to help yourself succeed in other classes, too.

Your Effort = Your Grade

It’s quite simple.

Consistent, persistent effort leads to long-term success.

Embrace the CIA’s policies and expectations, play by the rules, and focus on your work instead of your grade.

If you’re unwilling to give it your all—to try your best—please see your Counselor and enroll in a different elective.

Find Your ZIM!

ZIM is the Zone of Intrinsic Motivation.

The diagram to the left describes a conversation, a negotiation, and for those who find their ZIM, a celebration.

Read the previous sentence one more time. Do you understand?

Offers like this are very rare. Take a few minutes to wrap your head around the possibilities.


You’ll be offered the opportunity choose and negotiate your own creative path.

Dedication and a willingness to learn and play by the rules are the keys to unlocking this door.

Autonomy is an earned privilege not a right.

When negotiating for autonomy, it’s always a good idea to refer to ZIM to maximize your leverage.


Mastery is something you’ll strive for but never reach.

You’ll learn to reject notions of “good enough” as you discover that you’re capable of achieving so much more.

You’ll come to understand that “good enough” seldom is.

Understand that mastery is a journey, not a destination.


Our purpose is to prove to the world that high school students can and will survive and thrive in a well-designed, self-paced, self-directed, gamified learning environment.

We want to make learning fun and engaging once again.

Devising, testing, and implementing potential solutions to problems is much more fun than complaining about them.

Code of Honor

As a member of the CIA, you’ll be required to embrace and abide by our Code of Honor.

You’ll face and overcome apathy, discover untapped potential, embody integrity, and dare to dream:

What if… ?

Perseverance, honor, and integrity will help you to unlock doors in the real world, too.

Give it Your All

How often do you try—really try—to do something you’ve never done before?

How will you ever know what you’re actually capable of unless you do just that?

What if you could attempt it, risk-free?

Don’t squander this opportunity to discover something important about yourself.

Don't Stress

Work at your own pace. Don’t worry about being first or last because it’s not a race.

Give it your all, day after day, and you’ll accomplish things you never imagined were within your reach.

The only way to fail is to stop trying.

Believe every word because it’s absolutely true.

Be a Superhero

It happens every year.

Some quiet student works day in, day out, never drawing attention to herself. Then one day, the dedication and perseverance pay off. Jaws drop and respect blossoms.

She developed her own creative superpower.

It’s so much more fun to work hard and improve one’s self than to waste time and grow bored.

Don't be a Slacker

It happens every year.

Some random kid wastes time day in, day out, never really leaning much at all. Then one day, the apathy and wasted potential sink in. Self-respect dips and frustration blossoms.

He’s trapped in his own black hole of boredom.

It’s so much more fun to work hard and improve one’s self than to waste time and grow bored.

Have Fun!

Think about it…

Easy isn’t fun, hard is.

Wasting time isn’t fun, accomplishing something is.

Mastering a new skill is fun. Rising to a challenge is fun. Creating amazing art is fun. Hearing other kids say, “Wow!” about your work is fun. Being featured on the Internet is fun.

Try to have some fun every day.

Information Overload

It can be a bit overwhelming.

Graphic Arts is a learning environment unlike any you’ve ever encountered.

The Captain understands that it will take you time to acclimate and feel comfortable with the CIA’s freedoms and responsibilities.

Think of it as an adventure.

And that wave? Soon you’ll be riding it.

Ready For Your First Mission?

Did you take your time, read carefully, and consider the implications of what you encountered?

Are you starting to get an idea what we are all about on the CIA? 

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” ~Steve Jobs

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