Paramount to the Middle School experience is the opportunity for students to explore their interests and find new passions through the elective system and after-school club choices. Students select two electives per semester from a wide variety of choices. Most courses are semester classes; however, choir, band, and orchestra require a full-year commitment.
The elective program encourages students to explore subjects not generally found in the core curriculum. For instance, in the Makerspace elective, students experiment with design principles, while completing challenges ranging from building towers, flying paper airplanes, and racing balloon-powered cars. Learning about locally sourced vegetables and healthy food choices is the focus of the Farm-to-Fork elective. Students plant and nurture the seeds and enjoy the fruits of their labor when they consume fresh produce from the school’s garden.
Subjects offered on a rotating basis include Art, Band, Book Club, Ceramics, Choir, Digital Photography, Drama, Drawing, Farm to Fork, Film Production, Film Studies, Global Awareness, History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Maker Lab, Journalism and News Media, Orchestra, Personal Finance, Robotics, Speech and Debate, Technology and its Uses, and Yoga. Electives are subject to change depending on teacher availability and student interest.