Building a foundation for creativity.
In grades 5-6, students rotate through four courses on creativity and design — D-Lab (industrial design), music, theater, and visual arts — which build on experiences from Lower School. Fifth graders start with two days of electives each week, which increases to three days a week in sixth grade. All students take the same electives for the first two years of Middle School to establish a foundation. Starting in seventh grade, students can choose from 23 electives courses ranging from choir to journalism to robotics.
Allowing students to explore their own interests.
In grades 7 and 8, students can choose from 23 courses across four categories: Fine Arts, Publications, STEAM and Global Perspectives. Electives help students cultivate new interests and passions as they experience a well-rounded menu of classes. We recommend students take at least one course from each category over the course of two years. Some courses are year-long, meeting two days a week, and some run for one trimester, meeting three days a week.