Electives & Course Offerings

  • For the 2020-21 School year Hillview will continue to offer electives in a modified form.  In creating our schedule, we decide to put certain subjects in the “in-person” week and certain subjects in the “at-home” week. Electives are most engaging when students can participate in person, so they landed in the in-person week. But, because of our constraints of keeping students in stable cohorts and minimizing risk to our teachers by having as few student contacts as possible, it was necessary to limit choice. Therefore, students will cycle through three electives, and the combination of the three will depend on their grade levels. Electives will come from three of our four visual and performing arts strands: Art, Drama, Industrial Technology, and Leadership/Broadcast. 


    Electives and PE alternate every six calendar weeks. For example, a student may start the year with six weeks of PE, or six weeks of an elective. Then, at the halfway point of the trimester, they will change from PE to elective or elective to PE.


    All students will take each elective sometime throughout the 2020-21 year. The electives per grade level are as follows:

    6th Grade:

    • Character Strong Leadership (Darmanin)
    • Drama 6 (Hairston)
    • Media Literacy (Mathenia)

    7th Grade:

    • Technical Drawing/Architecture (Bratt)
    • Art and Makerspace (Kogan)
    • Mixed Media Journalism (Darmanin)

    8th Grade:

    • Drama 8 (Hairston)
    • Technical Drawing/Architecture (Bratt)
    • Art and Makerspace (Kogan)


    These electives will be provided during distance learning as well as in-person when the school is allowed to host students on campus under the Hybrid/Blended Learning model.  Parents may not request a specific elective.


    In addition to these electives, there are a few electives that are available to students and parents would have indicated these choices during the registration process last spring. 

    • World Language (7th / 8th grade)
      • Spanish: Spanish 1A, Spanish 1B, Spanish 1, Spanish 2
      • French: 1B, French , French 2
    • Spanish for Spanish Speakers, Levels 1 - 3 (6th / 7th / 8th grade)
    • ASB (8th grade)
    • Instrumental Music (6th / 7th / 8th grade)


    Most of these electives will take place during the week of math and social studies (at-home week) with the exception of instrumental music which will take place in the “work block” period opposite ELA (during distance learning for all) for 7th and 8th graders. When some students return to hybrid learning, instrumental music for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will be offered both in person and to distance learning students but at different times of day. 


    Physical Education Program

    For the 2020-21 school year, PE will be offered during the ELA week opposite the grade-level electives outlined above.  If school is in-person for Hybrid/Blended students, PE will be offered in-person to each cohort. Virtual students will continue with their regularly-scheduled PE classes. We encourage students to continue their fitness regimen in the week they are not attending PE classes.


    During Distance Learning for All, all students will be rostered to a PE teacher as their home base. From there, they will be able to select a specialized PE experience such as dance, yogalates, competitive sports, and non-traditional games.