Other Elective Courses
AIDE: TEACHER, OFFICE, LIBRARY - (8th grade only; Teacher/Staff Approval; 1 Semester)
Students taking one of these classes will work closely with a teacher, administrator or librarian and learn skills that will provide valuable services to the school. To ensure that our students get a broad exposure to our elective classes, students may not be an aide more than once.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) – (7th and 8th grade; Full Year; Application required)
AVID is a rigorous academic elective which prepares students for admission to a four-year college or university. Students are taught study skills, note-taking, time management, writing and research skills, while being immersed in a college-going culture. Twice a week students participate in guided study group sessions that are led by college tutors, providing support for success in the academically rigorous curriculum. Additionally, the AVID elective class provides access to information about colleges and universities through college visits, guest speakers, college tutors, and college admission requirement information. AVID students are chosen through an application and interview process. Any students interested in taking the class must apply in the spring for the following year.
DANCE - (7th and 8th grade; 1 Semester)
Do you want to learn all of the latest dance styles and impress your friends with your YouTube-worthy moves? Then this is the class for you! In this class you will learn some upbeat hip hop dances to perform for your friends & family as well as the history of various dance styles and famous dancers. You will also be involved in teaching and choreographing a dance of your own favorite style. Boys are welcome too; there's no better way to impress the girls than with some stylish moves you'll be learning in this class! This class can be repeated.
FITNESS - (7th and 8th grade; 1 Semester)
This class focuses on fitness and cardiovascular improvements. Students will learn about their bodies, its skeletal and muscular functions, as well as ways to increase physical fitness. A variety of physical activities will be incorporated, including plyometrics (high-impact movements), cardio circuits, and increased knowledge of the human body. Students will be expected to learn and perform all physical movements and techniques appropriately, and will learn how to avoid injury during athletic activity. This class will help students become more knowledgeable about their bodies and ways to continue a journey of wellness. This course may be repeated.
MATH MENTOR - (8th only)
If you are interested in mentoring or coaching 6th & 7th graders in a math classroom, then this is your opportunity to be a leader and role model on campus. Math Mentors must be in the 8th grade in the 2017-18 school year and enrolled in Algebra or Geometry. Teacher approval is required.
MATH PROJECTS & GAMES – (7th and 8th grade; 1 Semester)
In this class you will work on a number of hands-on projects that include building math games and puzzles, geometric kites, building and racing dragsters, building bird houses, and geometric design. You will also need to put your problem solving and critical thinking skills to work as you play math games, solve puzzles and put clues together to find the answers to tricky math problems. Reinforce your math skills while having fun!
PEER COACHING - (8th only)
If are interested in helping others with their academics and enjoy mentoring or coaching 6th & 7th graders, then this is your opportunity to be a leader and role model on campus. Peer Coaches must be in the 8th grade in the 2017-18 school year. Teacher approval is required.