Our school offers a large variety of electives. Many of the electives allow students to explore within their areas of interest.
Our Fine Arts electives include studies in art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking), drama, chorus, and music, including participation in the school’s concert band, symphonic band, and orchestra.
Art: 2D & 3D (SEM)
This class focuses on the process of art making, 2D & 3D art media including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture. Students will create artwork based on their own ideas through brainstorming, planning, and research. No prior art experience is necessary.
This course is offered to students wishing to work exclusively in clay. Students may take this course up to 4 times at DSMS. Students will gain skills and experience creating pottery and sculpture from clay. Students will learn the basics and progress towards complex forms.
Advanced Ceramics (SEM/YR)
Students will continue to develop their skills working with clay to create pottery and sculpture. Students will learn more complex forms of working, such as throwing on the potter’s wheel. Students must have completed Ceramics in semester 1.
Exploring Computer Science (SEM)
If you like computers and want to see how they work and how to get them to work for you, this is your class. Students will be introduced to the creative nature of computing where they will develop programming solutions by various methods. Students will work with animated stories and video games while becoming familiar with the societal impacts of computing.
Exploring Computer Science 2 (SEM)
Exploring Computer Science 2 is a continuation of ECS1 where students will continue to expand their knowledge of computer science through web design, data analysis, and robotics. Students will experience the creative nature of computing while learning how to use technology as a tool for solving problems. Must have taken ECS1 or be in the Engineering Academy.
This course is offered to 7th grade students interested in Neuroscience (studying the brain and nervous system) and Forensics (Crime Scene Investigation). This class will include an introduction to the structure, function, and development of the human nervous system. Topics include learning style exploration, Right vs. Left Brain, the influence of music, art, stress, sleep, exercise, and diet on brain function. We will conduct investigations by finding clues and solving the mysteries left behind at a crime scene.
Principles of Engineering (SEM)
Students will find their curiosity and imagination engaged in creative problem-solving. Through computer-aided design (C.A.D.) and robotics, students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation on their lives.
Electives in French and Spanish are available. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are emphasized.
French 1/Spanish 1
Level 1 is the first part of the high school level 1-2 class. Students will learn to express themselves in another language in areas such as ordering meals, expressing feelings and useful travel phrases. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are emphasized. Exposure to the people, culture, and geography, as well as a social unit on careers, will be included. Since this is an academic elective, students will have homework.
Physical Education (PE)
This class provides students the opportunity to be active through a variety of fun sports and activities. Students will also learn about general health and wellness topics. All students wear a P.E. uniform, which can be purchased online.
Physical Education (SEM/YR)
This class provides students the opportunity to be active through a variety of fun sports and activities. Students will also learn about general health and wellness topics. All students wear a P.E. uniform which can be purchased online.
SEM = Semester-long class
SEM/YR = Semester or year-long option