6th Grade Electives

  • Middle school students participate in nine courses each day, including six core academic classes, lunch, and up to two elective classes. Some elective courses are year-long which means they meet daily for the entire school year. Some elective courses meet for only one semester in the spring or fall.

    Students have two options in 6th grade.

    Option 1: Instrumental Music + Two Semester-Long Electives

    • The student may choose to participate in  Instrumental Music (Band or Orchestra — and Mariachi only at WCJH), which is a year-long elective.

    • The student will participate in two additional semester-long elective classes. The student will rank four semester-long electives in order of preference. These electives include: 

      • Art, 

      • Connect & Create, 

      • Comprehensive Music, and 

      • STEM - Design & Modeling. 

    Option 2: Four Semester-Long Electives

    The student will participate in all four semester-long elective classes. These electives include: Art, Connect & Create, Music, and STEM - Design & Modeling.

    Students with Additional Supports

    Additional support classes are year-long courses offered in place of Electives. Support classes include Language Studies for multilingual programming, IEP/special education support,  social-emotional support groups, supplemental reading intervention, and supplemental math intervention. If your child would benefit from additional support, you will be contacted by your middle school to discuss your child’s schedule.

Grade 6 - Semester-Long Courses

  • Art

  • Comprehensive Music

  • Connect & Create

  • STEM (Project Lead the Way): Design & Modeling

Grade 6 - Year-Long Courses

  • Instrumental Music: Band

  • Instrumental Music: Beginning Mariachi (Winston Middle School only)

  • Instrumental Music: Orchestra


7th Grade Electives

  • Middle school students participate in nine courses each day, including six core academic classes, lunch, and up to two elective classes. Some elective courses are year-long which means they meet daily for the entire school year. Some elective courses meet for only one semester in the spring or fall.

    Option 1: The student may choose two year-long exploratories from the following offerings:

    • World Language (French, Spanish or Spanish for Native Speakers) plus

    • Instrumental Music (Band or Orchestra — and Mariachi only at WCJH)

    If your child selects option 1, their exploratory schedule is complete.

    Option 2: The student may choose one year-long exploratory (World Language, Band or Orchestra) and will be assigned to two semester-long exploratory courses, which includes one that will take place during the fall and the other one that will occur during spring semester. Available semester-long (half-year) exploratory course pairings are:

    • One semester of Comprehensive Music 

    • One semester of Art 

    • One semester of STEM - Computer Science

    • One semester of STEM - Flight & Space

    Option 3: For a student that does not select a year-long enrichment, students will be placed into  a set of four, one-semester long exploratory classes that expose the student to each of the following:

    • One semester of Comprehensive Music 

    • One semester of Art 

    • One semester of STEM - Computer Science

    • One semester of STEM - Flight & Space

    Students With Additional Supports

    For students who require a Language Studies course for Multilingual programming, IEP/special education support, a two-period math course, placement in social-emotional support group, or is recommended for supplemental reading intervention, such support will take the place of one or both exploratory offerings, and will allow needed support to be provided. Students will be contacted by their middle school to answer enrollment questions and resulting changes to that student’s exploratory course schedule.

Grade 7 - Semester-Long Courses

  • Art

  • Comprehensive Music

  • STEM (Project Lead the Way): Computer Science for Innovators and Makers

  • STEM (Project Lead the Way): Flight and Space

Grade 7 - Year-Long Courses

  • Instrumental Music: Band

  • Instrumental Music: Beginning Mariachi (Winston Middle School only)

  • Instrumental Music: Orchestra

  • Scholars (Two-Year Commitment)

  • World Language: French 1

  • World Language: Spanish 1

  • World Language: Spanish for Native Speakers


8th Grade Electives

  • Middle school students participate in nine courses each day, including six core academic classes, lunch, and up to two elective classes. Some elective courses are year-long which means they meet daily for the entire school year. Some elective courses meet for only one semester in the spring or fall.

    Option 1: The student may choose two year-long exploratories from the following offerings:

    • World Language (French, Spanish or Spanish for Native Speakers) plus

    • Instrumental Music (Band or Orchestra — and Mariachi only at WCJH)

    If your child selects option 1, their exploratory schedule is complete.

    Option 2: The student may choose one year-long exploratory (World Language, Band or Orchestra) and will be assigned to two semester-long exploratory courses, which includes one that will take place during the fall and the other one that will occur during spring semester. Available semester long (half-year) exploratory courses are:

    • One semester of Comprehensive Music 

    • One semester of Art 

    • One semester of STEM - Automation & Robotics

    • One semester of STEM - Medical Detectives

    Option 3: For a student that does not select a year-long enrichment, students will be placed into  a set of four, one-semester long exploratory classes that expose the student to each of the following:

    • One semester of Comprehensive Music 

    • One semester of Art 

    • One semester of STEM - Automation & Robotics

    • One semester of STEM - Medical Detectives

    Students With Additional Supports

    For students who require a Language Studies course for Multilingual programming, IEP/special education support, a two-period math course, placement in social-emotional support group, or is recommended for supplemental reading intervention, such support will take the place of one or both exploratory offerings, and will allow needed support to be provided. Students will be contacted by their middle school to answer enrollment questions and resulting changes to that student’s exploratory course schedule.

Grade 8 - Semester-Long Courses

  • Art

  • Comprehensive Music

  • STEM (Project Lead the Way): Automation and Robotics

  • STEM (Project Lead the Way): Medical Detectives

Grade 8 - Year-Long Courses

  • Instrumental Music: Band

  • Instrumental Music: Beginning Mariachi (Winston Middle School only)

  • Instrumental Music: Orchestra

  • Scholars (Two-Year Commitment)

  • World Language: French 2

  • World Language: Spanish 2

  • World Language: Spanish for Native Speakers