Students Learning Through Real-World Project




Southwest Preparatory School's Media Education Design Academy (MEDA) students collaborated with non-profit organization Hope, Faith & Dreams' Director, Armando Camino, on the groundbreaking Kaleidoscope of Arts project, which aimed to inspire the San Antonio community.  The project was a resounding success and is featured in the book, San Antonio Inspires.

San Antonio, TX, - October 31, 2023 - Students from Southwest Preparatory School's Media Education Design Academy (MEDA) at the Northeast campus participated in a multimedia project that not only provided a hands-on, real-world learning experience but also the opportunity to meet some of San Antonio's most successful and distinguished residents. 

As part of a multimedia project, nine college students or Mentees from Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Southwest School of Art were paired with nine San Antonio community leaders or Mentors. The mentors and mentees conducted on-camera interviews and participated in a photo session. All the multimedia work was directed and produced by the Southwest Preparatory School Media Education Design Academy (MEDA) students.

"Our Southwest Preparatory School - MEDA students were able to gain hands-on experience through the Kaleidoscope of Arts project by applying the technical skills they learned in the classroom to a real-world setting. They tackled challenges that arose during live shoots and problem-solved in various filming conditions. This experience was invaluable to their growth and development as future professionals in the media industry. Besides the technical skills, they also got the opportunity to meet and be inspired by some of San Antonio's most successful professionals, which was an incredible experience for these young people,” says Sandi Mitchell, Director of Community Relations for Southwest Preparatory School.

The Kaleidoscope of Arts project book, San Antonio Inspires, features biographies of the mentors written by their mentees along with behind-the-scenes photographs of the interviews, all produced by the talented students of the Southwest Preparatory School - MEDA. You can purchase the San Antonio Inspires book at

About Southwest Preparatory School Multimedia Education Design Academy (MEDA)

MEDA students study communications through photography, video, and computer/digital arts.  MEDA equips students to work in the Media Industry through mastery of professional software tools, industry-based certifications and real-world experience. MEDA is open to students in grades 6th - 12th. Learn more about MEDA

       Our MEDA students:

       Are prepared for their future by equipping them with the tools, knowledge, and work ethic in the media industry;

       Study audio, visual, and graphic design in conjunction with courses necessary to graduate in the State of  Texas;

       Master skills using an array of professional software tools and industry-based certifications through real-world experiences and partnerships; 

       Are prepared for success and ready to lead the way in this rapidly changing world.

About Southwest Preparatory School  

Southwest Preparatory School is an open enrollment, tuition-free, SACS-accredited public charter school that has provided college preparatory and career readiness for students from PreK-12 for over twenty-five years. With three locations in San Antonio and one in Seguin, TX, Southwest Preparatory School offers an adaptive and effective learning environment that prepares students to succeed in the workplace and college. To learn more about Southwest Preparatory School, you can visit their website at