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MCA Teachers and Staff

Sam Matsumoto

MCA Director, AP Art History, AP Photography
Contact Ms.Matsumoto at


Laura Williamson

MCA Media 10, Media 1
Contact Ms.Williamson at


Vivian Young

MCA English 2/3, English 2/3, Journalism
Contact Ms.Young at


Jason Burgin

MCA Social Science, MCA US History, World History CP
Contact Mr.Burgin at


Cliff Ingham

MCA Media 11/12, Video, Advanced Video
Contact Mr.Ingham at


Kakali Tripathi

MCA Physics, AP and CP Physics
Contact Ms.T at



Media Communications Academy


What is MCA ?


Freshmen, please see your counselor for more information or contact Ms.Matsumoto in room 345 or via E-Mail at smatsumoto@newarkunified.org.


     MCA is a career-focused academy that prepares students with the skills necessary for work in the fields of multimedia and communications. The program is a unique opportunity for students to explore and prepare for a future career in graphic design, animation, video production, and audio engineering. MCA is one of 340 funded California Partnership Academies in the state, structured as a school-within-a-school, and designed to create a close community of students and dedicated educators that meet regularly to monitor student achievement.


     Academy coursework integrates academic and career technical education (CTE), with project based learning  that often bridges multiple classes. For example: Students in the Junior MCA English course make a commercial demonstrating their understanding of ethos, pathos, and logos as their mid-term project requiring the students to use their video production skills as well as their understanding of the means of persuasion.


     The Sophomore year functions as a trial year, allowing students to decide if MCA is a good fit for their educational needs. The Junior year is augmented by a mentorship and many opportunities for job shadowing. By Senior year, students will select a career specialty and work to develop a portfolio of their work to present to prospective employers and colleges of advanced training.  Seniors are also required to complete an internship, often with one of the industry partners that lends its support to MCA.

Sample Course Sequence for *MCA* students

Sample Course Sequence for *MCA* students

italics denote non-MCA courses


MCA Locker

PPT, Word, Excel Viewers [Go]
Acrobat Reader [Go]

MCA at Tech Museum

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10th Grade Mandalas

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MCA Year In History Research Projects