All core subjects are taught through advanced-level courses (Advanced Math, Advanced Science, Advanced Language Arts, and Advanced Social Studies). 8th grade students have the opportunity to take Algebra 1 Honors and Biology Honors upon teacher recommendation and successful completion of prerequisite coursework.
All 6th grade students are required to take Design & Modeling, an introductory technology and engineering course that explores the design research process. In this course, students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they've learned throughout the course to design a therapeutic toy.
All students are required to take PE.
Students may be enrolled in a remedial math or reading course depending on their Magnet School Grade Level Test's math and/or reading scores; their iReady math, reading, and/or their academic performance. Should such a need arise, the remedial course will serve as the student's elective course.
Band (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) - In this course, students will learn to play and perform on either brass, woodwind, or percussion instruments. The primary focus is on the development of skills that are necessary for effective instrumental music performance. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE SCHEDULED FOR BAND WITHOUT BAND DIRECTOR APPROVAL. (PREREQUISITE: Placement in Intermediate and Advanced Band is determined by successful completion of previous band courses.)
Automation & Robotics -
Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX robotics platform to design and build robots.
Computer Science for Innovators & Makers - Students explore programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. Students design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life.
Design and Modeling - Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. Students design and test bridges, rocket cars, and gliders.
Flight and Space Science - Students delve into the history of flight and space, discover the science behind aeronautics, and explore travelling and living in space. Students are challenged to design, build, and test an airfoil.
Graphic Arts 1, 2, and 3 - Students combine art and technology by using design as a creative process in communication. Students explore various methods used to create a visual representation of ideas, use the basic elements and principle of art, and learn editing software such as Photoshop.
Medical Detectives - Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results, diagnose diseases, and study DNA evidence.
TV Production - School news production. While working with modern video production equipment, you will learn about all the different roles and responsibilities of individuals that work together to make a news production functional. You will work with others to develop and broadcast the daily school news to your fellow students and school staff.
Video 1 - Beginning video Production - Working with modern video production equipment, students produce educational videos and personal as well as promotional videos.
SPECIAL NOTE: If a student chooses a course for which the required prerequisite has not been taken, the student's choice may be substituted by the required prerequisite course. For example, if a student chooses Graphic Design 2, but the student has not yet taken Graphic Design 1, the student may be enrolled in the Graphic Design 1 course instead of Graphic Design 2.
Please note that an elective request does not guarantee enrollment in the course. While full effort will be given to honor the student's first elective request, final course enrollment and scheduling will depend on total student enrollment as well as available classes and teaching units. No elective request is guaranteed.