In grades three through five, students have the opportunity to explore their interests and choose an elective. This elective is offered one day during their "specials" rotation and runs throughout the school year.
Students can choose to explore:
DRAMA (GRADE 5 ONLY)
Lower School Drama is an introduction to theatre. Students will practice movement, vocal exercises, improvisation, script writing, and will read scripted material to increase knowledge of theatre and comfort in speaking publicly. Most of all, students will have fun and learn about theatre arts while creating a character, play, or working on a game.
MUSICAL THEATRE (GRADES 3 & 4 ONLY)
Musical Theatre is a class where students learn the fundamentals of movement theatre, including vocals, choreography, acting, and stage elements. Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to learn and explore an assortment of musicals and prepare a short musical presentation for the Lower School in the Spring.
DIGITAL ARTS - VIDEO PRODUCTION & DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
The Digital Arts class is designed to introduce students to a variety of digital skills while encompassing creative and critical thinking. Students will sharpen these skills through participation in video production and digital photography. Students will explore each component of digital arts for one semester.
COMPUTER CODING & ROBOTICS
The Computer Coding and Robotics class introduces and builds concepts in basic computer coding and VEX Robotics. Students will apply their critical thinking to create original coding programs. In Robotics, students work together in small groups to problem solve and build a working robot. Students will complete one semester of computer coding and one semester of robotics.
DANCE (GRADE 5 ONLY)
The Dance elective is a developmentally appropriate movement and dance activities class. It is a choreography based co-ed class that explores ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance styles. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the annual dance concert, however, participation is optional. In order to participate in the dance concert, students must be available for both performances and the dress rehearsal. Performance dates will be announced at the beginning of the school year.
The Strings class is designed to introduce students to the violin. Students will learn to read notes in first position and play familiar melodies. Technique and proper form will be stressed. Students will have the opportunity perform at the end of the year in the Spring Concert with the Middle and Upper School students. A limited number of violins can be rented from the instructor or can be rented from local music stores.
BAND (GRADE 5 ONLY)
This class provides students in fifth grade with an opportunity for beginning instruction on a traditional wind band instrument (flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, etc.). Using a standard band method book, students on different instruments can progress in both individual skills and group ensemble. The class will prepare them for advancement to Middle School Band.
WORLD LANGUAGE - SPANISH OR FRENCH
World Language in the Lower School is part of the specials’ wheel rotation. Students may choose to study Spanish or French. During this class, students will be introduced to learning basic conversation in French or Spanish, as well as an introduction to the culture.