AASD

‚ÄčElective Choices

Kaleidoscope Academy offers a variety of elective choices to meet student needs and interests. To learn more about each choice watch a short video explaining what that class is about.


Art –



Art 6, Art 7 and Art 8
provide students with an opportunity to explore their creativity through a wide range of artistic mediums including; drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and photography. As 6th graders, students explore themes of identity in art and build general art skills paired with content specific vocabulary. Students who choose to take Art in 7th & 8th grade will explore a variety of cultures, historical art figures and art careers, as they build skills to help advance their artwork and creative process to new levels.

Art Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling for grades 7 & 8

Additional Art Options

2-D Design (7th Grade only): Drawing and Painting – Take an in-depth look at the artist skills of drawing and painting.  Students will focus on refining drawing and painting skills learned in 6th and 7th grade art courses.  This course includes exploration of mediums like watercolor, acrylic paints, colored pencil, oil pastel, chalk, graphite, print making and photography.  Lessons will be enriched through technology and art history, while remaining primarily project based.

3-D Design (8th Grade only): Sculpture and Ceramics – Take an in depth look at the artist skills of sculpture and ceramics.  Students will focus on refining and expanding 3-D skills learned in 6th and 7th grade art.  Students will explore multiple 3-D techniques including additive sculpture, subtractive sculpture, hand building, and potter’s wheel throwing.  Learning will be enriched through art history and hands on project-based learning.

Band –




Students selecting band have had experience in sixth grade band or have special permission from the middle school band teacher to select band. Band is a performing group requiring students to perform in public at school concerts during the year. Other band experiences may include: jazz band, WSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival, guest conductors and clinicians. Students are expected to practice on their own out of school.

Band meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.  Grades – 6, 7, & 8

Band Plus


This class is for band students who want a daily band experience to grow their performance skills at an accelerated rate. It is a complement to the regular band and students must also sign up for regular band in order to be in Band Plus.

Chorus –





Choir is an ensemble experience for all students. Music is a critical part of a middle school education for every adolescent, where they cultivate 21st century skills such as collaboration, creativity, and perseverance through singing. Chorus is a class requiring students to perform at school concerts during the year. As part of a musical team, choir students learn to make music together in a fun, positive, and encouraging learning environment.

Chorus meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling. Grades – 6,7, & 8

Raise Your Voice: Advanced Choir

This is an advanced choir class for students who are excited to take on more leadership in choir, explore challenging choir music, and create impressive performances with other experienced choir members. You and your classmates will work together and lead each other to create the musical experiences you want. You’ll learn what really makes us fall in love with a great piece of music and you’ll use that knowledge to help choose what you sing. If you love singing and you really want to invest yourself in it, Raise Your Voice is where you want to be!

Raise Your Voice is for 7th graders only and is .5 when scheduling.

Finesse - Auditioned Class

Finesse is an all-women auditioned a cappella choir that meets before school at 7 am 2-3 times a week. Auditions are held in the beginning of the year, and then the fun begins! Students in Finesse have the opportunity to perform at concerts, and various community events. Students learn music from all eras and genres, although many of the songs are current pop songs that have been arranged for a cappella. The bond that forms between these dedicated women is incredibly strong. 7am may seem early, but when you get to do what you love with people who love singing as much as you do, 7am doesn’t seem so bad!

Students interested in Finesse will tryout at the start of the year.  This does not get scheduled when applying.


Creative Music –



Students will use music software and digital equipment to create meaningful sound through composition and improvisation while enhancing conceptual knowledge of the musical elements. Concepts will be predicated on the western classical tradition, but will extend into more worldly representations of the musical arts.

Creative Music meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.  Grades 7 & 8


Family and Consumer Education (FACE) –



(The video above is an overview of the required FCS class in 6th and 8th grades).




This course is designed to give students project-based experiences through cooking, home design, and entrepreneurship. Elements and principles of design, extreme room makeovers, cooking, food styling and photography, and restaurant/business creations will be points of emphasis. Ultimately, you will cook it, create it, build it and sell it.

Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.  Grades 7 & 8

Reality Productions - 


A complete makerspace, and the first class of this kind, combining all the benefits of both Family and Consumer Sciences and Technology Engineering classes, a total hands-on experience! This blocked class involves working as a team and utilizing skills in culinary arts,  food styling, photography, CNC machines, sewing design, graphic arts, 3D printing, and industry programs from Adobe and Autodesk!

By connecting both content areas with entrepreneurial skills of inquisitiveness, creativity, leadership, curiosity, and a whole bunch of fun, we will be creating an authentic learning environment where you will develop projects from start to finish. Come join us as Etsy meets Kaleidoscope in this DIY, entrepreneurial, adventure!  

Reality Productions counts as 1.0 when scheduling.

Graphic and Art Design –



 Students will explore how basic art elements and principles are used for persuasive purposes. This class will explore a variety of graphic imaging software and learn how current technology is being used in graphic art production and related careers. Students will have fun applying their knowledge and new information while creating original designs.

Graphic Art and Design meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.  Grades 7 & 8

Orchestra –



Orchestra is a performing group designed as a continuing experience for students who have started lessons already in their elementary school programs. Please contact Mr. Austin if you have questions about starting as an absolute beginner. Orchestra focuses on refining students’ playing techniques, strengthening note reading and theory knowledge, learning the skills to work together towards a common goal, and further development of students’ passion, motivation, and discipline as musicians and 21st century learners.

Orchestra meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.  Grades – 6,7, & 8

Physical Education Options - (Physical Education, Dance, and Personal Fitness)



In sixth grade all students will take Physical Education and 9 weeks of dance.  In seventh and eighth grade Physical Education is one of the three options that can be taken (students can take 2 or all 3).

Dance –




The course alternative for PE will emphasize dance in the context of group structure including line, country, square and Irish Dancing. The fine arts elective dance course will explore dance technique (modern, ballet, jazz) emphasizing the training of individuals.

Dance meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling. Grades 7 & 8

Personal Fitness –




This class can be taken in addition to regular P.E, giving the students physical activity five days a week or in place of traditional P.E. This fitness class will teach the kids the importance of personal well being and the value of leading a healthy lifestyle. The five components of fitness (muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and body composition) will be emphasized.

Personal Fitness meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling. Grades 7 & 8

Innovation Lab –





The AASD Technology and Engineering curriculum encourages students to express their imagination and creativity through project-based learning and class competitions. This hands-on approach is exciting and fun for all students in 7th and 8th grades. Concepts will include computer applications, video editing, digital graphics, woodworking, robotics and modeling. Students will design, create and produce their own projects. Additional information on the Project Lead the Way curriculum may be found at www.pltw.org.

Innovation Lab Meets alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.  Grades 6, 7 & 8

Innovators and Makers (7th Grade)
App Creators (8th Grade)
(formerly – Animation and Video Game Design) 




Class will introduce students to the fundamental principles of game design and computer animation. Students demonstrate basic programming, design process, locating objects using rectangular coordinates, and unifying art and story.

Innovative Makers and App Creators meet alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling.  Grades 7 & 8

Intro to Theater (7th) and Beginning Acting (8th) –




Intro to Theater 7th Grade – This class develops physical, vocal, and team-building skills for students interested in theater. Students gain a foundational understanding of theatrical conventions: interpretation, performance, and ensemble work. Students’ progress through pantomime, improvisation, and team-building activities, incorporating necessary theatrical practices and vocabulary in order to develop physical, social, thinking, and communicative skills: the whole child. Additional activities include script reading/writing and character, plot, dialogue and technical design analysis. Students will learn to give and receive positive, constructive critiques.

Beginning Acting 8th Grade –
This class introduces formal theater and acting tools (voice, body, and mind/spirit), using mask work, movement, vocal techniques, and improvisation. 8th graders begin to examine scripts, learning basic script markings and acting skills to create acting objectives and develop successful onstage interactions.  Students will utilize dramatic subtext to develop rich, truthful, complex characterizations.  Through research, creative thinking, problem solving, critique, and improvisation, students develop self-discipline which leads to goal accomplishment. The year culminates with the study of selected periods in theater history: Greek, Commedia Dell’Arte, Elizabethan, Restoration, Melodrama, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, and Absurdism.

Acting courses meet alternating days, counts as .5 class when scheduling. Grades 7 & 8

World Languages –





All World Language choices are taught daily for the school year. Students should take a world language in 7th grade if they want to take a language in 8th grade. Students cannot start a language or change languages in 8th grade.

World Languages meet daily and count as a 1.0 course.  Grades 7 & 8
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