General Studies

Courses in this department:

Game Design

Seventh and eighth grades
First semester

Students design, test, and publish games in a variety of media: board games, physical games, and app/virtual games. To do this, students research historical, literary, and imagined environments upon which to base their stories, create multimedia elements such as graphics, audio and animation, and learn principles of user-centered design. No prior computer science or programming experience required.

Introduction to Computer Science

Seventh and eighth grades
Second semester

Students learn fundamentals of computer science, with a focus on computational thinking, programming, and design. The course emphasizes a conceptual understanding of core computer science principles and common programming constructs and their applications in practice. Development environments may include Processing, SNAP, robotics, and Arduino. This course is designed for the student who wishes to pursue further study in computer science beyond the activities integrated into other courses.

Journalism

Seventh and eighth grades
First or second semester

Students produce the Middle School newspaper. They learn journalistic writing, photography, and digital production. Students may take the course more than once and advance to more responsible positions on the newspaper staff each time they take it.

Literary Magazine

Seventh - 12th grades
Second semester

Students create the school's literary magazine still life, collecting submissions and evaluating text and artwork for publication. Students discuss and research various types of writing and artwork. Skills learned include digital photography, image scanning, and computer layout. Students enrolled in Yearbook earn Fine Arts credit.

Yearbook

Seventh and eighth grades
First semester

This class introduces layout, design, and photography. Students acquire advanced skills in appropriate computer applications to successfully create and publish the school’s yearbook. Students enrolled in Yearbook earn Fine Arts credit.