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Grade 8

Our school offers a large variety of electives. Many of the electives allow students to explore within their areas of interest. 

Fine Arts

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.

View our fine arts electives.

Foreign Language

Electives in French and Spanish are available. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are emphasized.

View our foreign language electives.

Office Aide/Peer Tutoring

Work as an aide for the office, the nurse, the library, or a teacher at DSES, or assist one of our teachers with helping to serve the academic and behavioral needs of the students.

View our office aide / peer tutoring electives.

Physical Education

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. Eighth-grade girls may also be eligible for our Girls Super Sports elective.

View our physical education electives.


For students interested in computer science, engineering or video production, Desert Shadows offers electives to help you expand your knowledge.

View our technology electives.