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 (2019-20) - Catalogs for 2020-21 will be posted in Spring 2020

Instructions for how to choose electives in PowerSchool

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

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 and parents select elective classes through the PowerSchool portal. First, you/your student will need to select two academic enrichment classes that are of interest to the student. This will support the school in scheduling your student for an RTI/enrichment class if needed. Please understand that .2 math is one unit of RTI time. Secondly, please select two elective classes (and three alternatives). Don’t select the same elective more than once. 

3. How are electives developed?

Data from the students' electives interest survey is compiled with data on our schools' staffing. Electives are determined by area of student interest and areas in which our teachers are credentialed. Educational Code requires that teachers are credentialed in the areas of the electives they are teaching.

4. 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).

5. Can I sign up for Orchestra III (Crittenden) and Advanced Music (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.

6. If I wait until the deadline to submit my electives preferences, will I have a lower chance of getting my choice? 

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

7. 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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