Students engage in age-appropriate activities modified accordingly for their individual skill level. A course outline provides a detailed course description with competencies listed to facilitate the creation of an individual plan. Students taking visual arts are often involved in local classes in their community, and some are developing their skills as professional artists. However, students can also opt to identify key skills to develop, align these goals with the course competencies, and have these activities documented for their middle school transcript. Students are expected to develop competencies over the course of grades 6th through 8th, with up to two semesters per academic year.