Electives (Middle School)

The Elective program at Saint Philip Neri provides our Middle School students with an opportunity to deepen their learning with collaboration, communication, problem solving, critical thinking, innovation, and creativity.

Drama – Character exploration, performance skills, general set and costume design, and more. The skills learned here will prepare students for high school theater programs.

Broadcasting – Storyboard, film, edit and produce a broadcast.

Advanced Broadcasting – Develops the skills learned in Broadcasting and provides a chance for students to create more complex productions.

Public Speaking – Gain confidence in speaking in front of a group of people. Students have the opportunity to write and present short speeches in front of a group. They learn presentation techniques and provide peer feedback.

Programming – Students learn how coding can drive creative problem-solving. Student are introduced to programming through easy-to-learn block-based languages and move on to “real” programming with Python.

Tone Chimes – The tone chimes are similar to hand bells and provide an opportunity for students to learn to read music and perform collaboratively.

Genius Hour – Based on Google’s “20% time”, Genius Hour is a time to allow 6th-8th graders to research, design, explore and create a project based on their interests and passions. Throughout the trimester, students blog about their progress and conduct a final presentation.

Art – Working at his or her own pace, students experience and learn a variety of techniques using different materials.

Yearbook – This class is responsible for creating the school yearbook. Students will learn photography, photo exiting, design layout, and advertising.

Robotics – Explore creating robots and programming them to complete specific tasks.

Robotics Competition Team – Advanced robotic engineers and dedicated rookies are invited to participate in the First Lego League Robotics Competition. Teams are given a new obstacle course each competition season and must design and program a robot to autonomously complete as much of the course as possible.

Study Skills – Study skills is a great opportunity for students to receive supplemental resources to support their executive learning. Smaller class settings allow for students to have individualized learning opportunities.