Academics
Middle School

Electives

Once a week Middle School boys who do not participate in the Chorus program are given the opportunity to participate in the Middle School Elective program. This program, which changes its offerings at the beginning of each trimester, is a fun, interesting, and exciting complement to the core academic program. Students can pursue a passion, try something new, or even spend a period in a room quietly reading with other boys. Offerings have included classes such as chess, debate, Drop Everything And Read, Makey-Makey musical instruments, futuristic transportation created from found material in the woodshop, cartooning, yo-yo (taught by a sixth grade boy!), fantasy baseball, watching and doing activities related to the TV show Cosmos, and many, many more. In addition to these great options, the Middle School elective program gives boys a chance to spend time with teachers they may not have for academic classes. Also, boys get to choose their electives, so they are grouped based on the boys’ interests. This means elective classes combine boys from different homerooms and even different grades. Because Electives give boys exposure to teachers and other boys they may not normally get to have classes with, the elective program helps create a greater sense of community within the Middle School.


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