Many students opt to take elective credits in the form of a second Science or Foreign Language class, or an additional class in the Fine Arts. Semester electives also exist in the Social Studies and English and Computer Science departments. Additional, Non-Departmental offerings are listed below:
Semester course. Prerequisite: Application and instructor approval
In this course, students work with carefully selected local entrepreneurs who present real and urgent business dilemmas with hard deliverables and deadlines to build real-life business solutions. The program includes active, collaborative and team-based activities requiring full engagement in and out of the classroom. Students start the semester with an immediate immersion into the Lean Startup methodology and Design Thinking techniques. Students then learn processes including customer development, agile development, and rapid prototyping. Student curiosity drives the curriculum, while the instructor provides the scaffolding, resources, skills and background information necessary. In the final portion of the course, students will construct, present, and launch their own startups. Open to students in grade 12 in the fall; grades 11 and 12 in the spring.
Required for all 9th grade students. This semester-long course is designed specifically for 9th graders and addresses various issues and developmental needs of young adolescents as they transition to the expectations of the Upper School. Topics include goal-setting; time management; decision-making skills; media literacy; study skills; leadership; character and integrity; drug, alcohol and tobacco education; wellness; emotional well-being; stress management; bullying; harassment awareness; identity development; difference; and cooperation. The purpose of the course is to help students on their way to a healthy, productive Upper School career.
PUBLIC SPEAKING AND DEBATE
Semester course. The primary purpose behind this class is to give students the opportunity to practice speaking in front of an audience. In addition to gaining confidence and experience with public speaking, students become proficient in gathering and organizing content for a variety of different kinds of speeches. Through regular but varied assessments, students develop their organization, listening, collaborating, research, writing, and of course, speaking, skills.
THE NEW JOURNALISM: STORYTELLING AND PODCASTING
Journalism is rapidly changing, and technology is leading the way. Join us as we visit the basics of storytelling and the growing trend of podcasting with our new recording studio. Podcasting is a way of telling a story through audio—using pieces of sound files, voice overs, recorded conversations, and effects woven into a narrative. Podcasts help students strengthen their writing abilities, listening skills, and develop public speaking skills.