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Middle School Electives

Middle School Electives

Our wide array of middle school elective classes are designed to give our students the opportunity to explore their interests and develop their passions, and collect a variety of experiences that will in turn inform their choices during their high school years and beyond. 


(two semesters) This course is designed to encourage each student to examine, explore, and manipulate several artistic mediums. Students will accomplish this through the process of art production, the study of art history, the practice of art criticism, and the exploration of aesthetics in art. Ultimately, they will acquire design skills and become comfortable using a variety of tools to achieve their vision. 


Middle School Dance Elective is a class that offers great fun with a foundation etched in integrity and discipline by each and every student. Middle School Dance is a one-year course open to 7th and 8th grade students. Students will study the elements of dance through the exploration of Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, and Armenian dance. 


(two semesters) This class is designed to encourage each student to be comfortable and confident through the expression of dance. Students will assimilate kinetic awareness and learn how to communicate through their physical center, giving them discipline and freedom as dancers. Through different dance techniques such as ballet and contemporary movement in addition to yoga and Pilates, the student will become flexible, strong, and mentally fit. History and Influence of 


(two semesters) The elective History and Influence of Music is available to middle-school students. This course is designed to explore the genre of rock and roll music in the 20th and 21st centuries and how rock has both reflected and impacted historical events nationally and globally. 


(Grade 8) The Leadership class is open to students who are highly motivated to improve their leadership skills by their involvement in classroom activities, student government, student and staff recognition programs, and student activities. The curriculum also includes teacher led lessons on A topics such as goal setting, communication, decision-making and leadership styles. The purpose of the elective class is to promote organization, leadership skills and character education. The staff and students will work together as a learning community to build the skills necessary for academic success. This course is meant to ensure that the students who have the potential and put-forth the effort can achieve academic success.

LEGO Robotics 

(two semesters) The Robotics program at AGBU MDS is designed to teach students in grades 6-8 how to build, program, and solve problems using LEGO Mindstorm robots. Students will learn through observation, reasoning, prediction, and critical thinking in hands-on building, programming and missions, prioritization, and goal-development situations. Students in the class participate in the First LEGO League competitions and program, which helps students design, build, test, and program robots using LEGO Mindstorm technology; apply real-world math and science concepts; research challenges facing today’s scientists; learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills; participate in tournaments and celebrations. 

Life Skills

(Grades 6-7) This course covers how one’s qualify of life, now and in the future, is intimately tied to avoiding major health risks. Necessary life-long skills in communication, decision making, self-esteem, and conflict resolution are taught. Basic life skills I health, cooking, nutrition finance, banking, relationships with family and friends, and the care and interaction with children are included in the course.

Mock Trial

(one semester) A course on the fundamentals of oral communication along with practice in platform speaking in exposition and persuasion. Emphasis is placed on the use of correct and effective language and organizational skills in preparing, delivering, and evaluating different types of oral presentations and debate. Students will also participate in the national Mock Trial competition. This program is aimed at helping students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of society. With assistance from the teacher and attorney coach, students will study a hypothetical case and prepare strategies and arguments for trial. 

Public Speaking

(one semester) Public speaking is a vital life skill that students need to develop in order to enhance their academic success. This class is designed to help students become more effective and competent communicators. During the course of the school year, students will learn how to prepare and present various types of speeches in an engaging and supportive environment. 

Science in Action

(two semesters) Students who are interested in the hands-on application of scientific principles will benefit from this course. The content combines instruction and activities from several areas of study and brings them to life as students design, plan, collaborate, execute, and evaluate their projects. Exploration and inquiry are highly encouraged, and students receive the proper guidance to fully understand major concepts.

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