Middle School Electives

Each spring, our incoming middle school students (grades 5-7) select their electives courses for next year. All 5th-7th graders will formally select their course electives online through the PowerSchool portal in the spring.

Our middle schools provide quality course offerings that we hope will pique students’ interests and are a great complement to core academics. After electives selection, your student will be assigned to an individualized schedule of classes based on his/ her academic needs and interests.

Course catalogs (2020-21) -

Instructions for how to choose electives in PowerSchool

English Instructions - In PDF format
Spanish Instructions - In PDF format

Video instructions (includes Spanish subtitles. To view them, click on the "wheel"  in the bottom right hand corner of your Youtube screen, click subtitles and "Spanish".)
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For help

School staff members will be available to help with online registration on weekdays beginning April 29. Parents can request an appointment for online or phone support by calling or emailing their school office. For Graham, please contact Maria Lopez at mlopez@mvwsd.org (email preferable) and 650-526-3570, ext. 2603. For Crittenden students, please contact Alicia Carter at 650-903-6945 ext. 2223 and acarter@mvwsd.org

1. Why do we choose electives? 

All students need access to a broad course of study including core classes, classes for extra academic challenge or support, in addition to electives. Your student will be assigned to an individualized schedule of classes based on his / her academic needs and interests.

2. How do we choose electives?

Students, with the support of their parents, select elective classes through the PowerSchool portal. Each student will need to select and rank 5 electives that are of interest. This will support the school in scheduling your student for a choice elective and RTI/enrichment class, if needed. One of your choices must be an academic enrichment elective. Please don’t select the same elective more than once, as that  may actually limit your ability to have an elective of your choice.  

3. How does RTI work at middle school?

Students at the middle schools are scheduled for one period dedicated to supporting the student’s specific learning needs through intervention or extension/enrichment. Our middle schools use data to determine student groups, needs and progress toward mastery of essential skills standards. 
Students who need additional support in reading or math will be scheduled into an intervention period. 
Students in our most accelerated pathways are receiving their enrichment during their second period of math in which they are learning a second year of content. 
Others will be enrolled in an academic enrichment elective to provide extension in a core subject (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, etc). 

4. Are academic enrichment classes only available for RTI?

No. We know that some students may need intervention in one subject area, but excel in another. Having an intervention class does not prevent a student from taking an academic enrichment course of choice. Likewise, students who are in an accelerated math class may be interested in another academic enrichment course. That too, is available. 

5. Do I choose an elective even if I have an IEP?

YES! You will sign up for your electives as explained above, and will be automatically assigned to any support class (RTI, Instructional Support, ELD, etc).

6.  Can I sign up for Orchestra III at Crittenden and Advanced Music classes at Graham?

 Yes AND - you can choose any elective, but some require extra steps like an application or an audition. Please review the course catalog for these requirements.

7. If I wait until May 8 to submit my electives preferences, will I have a lower chance of getting my choice? 

No, electives are not first-come, first- served.

8. If I select the same elective several times, does that increase my chance of getting that elective? 

No, and it may actually limit your ability to have an elective of your choice.

 

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