The Electives Program gives students a voice in the educational offerings outside of the core curriculum. Courses adapt annually according to student interest and faculty expertise. Students in Grades 6–8 choose their world language, two electives within the arts, and two additional electives derived from student surveys.
- Cooking (6–8)
- Photography (6–8)
- Woodshop (6–8)
- Yearbook (6)
- Archery (7)
- Tinkering (7)
- Fitness Focus (7–8)
- Baking (8)
- Elementary Mentors (8)
- Interior Design (8)
Cooking class offers students the opportunity to create delicious food using organic ingredients and seasonably available fruits and vegetables. Students bake with reduced sugar and substitute white flour for organic wholemeal flour. In the past, students have prepared a number of items including healthy dips, hummus, fruit cobbler, pumpkin bread, Thai pumpkin soup, and cornbread. Students learn safe food handling and preparation practices and discussions pertaining to healthy and nutritious food choices.
In this introductory class, students will learn how to use an automatic digital camera to take great pictures. They will work with iPhoto (and possibly additional software) to organize and edit their photographs. Students who have access to a digital camera from home are encouraged to bring their own. The school will provide cameras for use during class sessions to students who do not have access to a digital camera.
Students begin the Woodshop elective learning safety protocol and appropriate behavior in a shop class environment. Along with safety, the students learn how to use basic hand tools such as tape measures, speed squares, sanding blocks, hammers, and chisels. In addition, they learn how to use battery operated hand drills and impact screw guns. Past projects have included work benches, three dimensional boxes, salad utensils, and self selected projects.
Students will tinker, create, craft, and code while they learn to invent and invent to learn. This is a self-directed project-based elective where students will develop creative problem solving and collaboration skills. Students can choose a variety of projects from a menu of themes that will have them creating objects and gaining skills from knitting to soldering.
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn fitness concepts and conditioning techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and cardiorespiratory endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of strength training, aerobic training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.
In this course, students will bake and sample foods from a variety of recipes while learning new baking terms, techniques, time management skills, and sanitation and safety practices. Students will give input on recipes they would like to make and will have the opportunity to showcase their baking talents.