Providing students with opportunities to apply what they are learning in more conventional academic offerings. Course content is intentionally varied. These courses are true electives, and students are encouraged to enroll in a course that may not ordinarily be available in a typical high school curriculum.
General Elective courses may include:
High School Math: Algebra II Preparation
High School Math: Pre-Calculus Preparation
Sports & Culture
Presentations in Media
Vermont Field Ecology
What’s in a Song?
Drawing: This course is an introductory course in drawing, but it will also provide continued instruction for seasoned mark makers. Emphasis is on strategies, methods, and techniques for translating three-dimensional form and space onto a two-dimensional surface using the language of line, value, and the illusion of depth and texture. Mark making and its expressive and descriptive qualities will be examined.
High School Math: Algebra II Preparation: Algebra II Preparation: This course is intended for higher level math students preparing to take Algebra II this fall. Specific content includes the study of algebraic functions, their graphs, and trigonometric basics. Building on a strong foundation of mathematical knowledge, this class is designed to develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, helping them to prepare for Algebra II.
High School Math: Pre-Calculus Preparation: This course is intended for higher level math students preparing to take pre-calculus this fall. Students will review and be introduced to the concepts necessary for a smooth transition into pre-calculus.
Sports and Culture: Are you interested in sports in America? In this course, we will look at the role sports play in our society. Using materials from a variety of sources, students will examine the relationships sports have to individuals and social organizations. The course will cover current issues in sports, such as the nature of competition, performance enhancement, violence, gender issues, and multi-million-dollar contracts.
Presentations in Media: Students in this course will gain experience in a variety of media platforms such as Adobe Spark Video, Landmark’s WLMC radio station and our new TV and Video Studio. Students will develop their communication skills by participating in discussions and creating presentations. This course is ideal for students interested in building their confidence in public speaking and expanding their knowledge of media.
Digital Photography: Learn and Shoot: The best camera in the world is the camera in your pocket. Whether you use a phone, DSLR, or point and shoot, come and learn the basics about camera functions, lighting, and composition. After quick mini-lessons, practice using your camera outside or in easy-to-create studio set-ups. During this elective, we’ll explore camera terminology, composition, storytelling, and post processing. We’ll examine student’s work in online critique sessions and “how to” post-processing demonstrations. This class will encourage everyone to “get out” and start taking amazing images.
Theatre: Students will learn how to harness their artistic voices and turn their ideas into performances. The students will work as an acting company functioning in various roles: actor, writer, and stagehand. Students in this elective will experience theatre through improvisation, movement, vocals and collaboration. As a group we will define areas of interest to create short scenes and characters. We will add and refine material as needed for a showing of work to be determined by the students at the end of the course.
Vermont Field Ecology: Learn about local wildlife, plants, and ecosystems, along with ot her basic concepts of ecology. Take field trips to local areas, such as streams, rivers, wetlands, mountains, and meadows to study ecosystems and to practice scientific observation. Students will keep a field notebook, do a simple a field project, and will be expected to hike over varying terrain. Weather permitting, students will observe a biologist in the field netting and banding wild birds.
What’s in a Song: This course is for any student who has an interest in music and/or songwriting. No musical experience is required. We will explore a variety of musical genres and experiment with songwriting. The course will be collaborative and discussion based. Students will be encouraged to share and critique a variety of songs. Students can work together or independently to explore creating songs and lyrics. In our three-week class, we will endeavor to answer the following:
- What makes a song good or bad?
- When is songwriting complexity better than simplicity and vice versa?
- What genre of music do you prefer and why?
- What are the rules of a good pop song? Country song? Punk song? Jazz song?
Visual Storytelling: This course is for students who want to explore the techniques and possibilities of visual media as a tool for communication and storytelling. Using a smartphone, DSLR, or other image capture device, students will learn to make still photographs and video within a multimedia context to create fictional and non-fictional short stories. Applications from the Adobe Creative Suite will be used to edit, organize, and output stories in engaging and interactive ways online. Students will also be introduced to various forms of Visual Communication being used in contemporary society. What stories do you want to tell?
Academic Prep is offered four evenings each week. This provides a structured time for students to review the class work of the day and/or prepare the work required for the next day or for ongoing class projects. Students are able to work alone, in groups, or in a supervised setting. Academic Prep is also a time for students to gain expertise in the use of Assistive Technology. All Academic Prep locations feature desktop or laptop computers for student use.