Electives & Course Offerings

  • Hillview Electives & Course Registration
    For the 2021-22 School Year Hillview Middle School will be offering a wide range of elective options from year-long electives to trimester electives for all grades.  Hillview has a 7-period day, and 5 of those periods will be filled with the core academic subjects of ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science, plus physical education. That leaves 2 periods for electives.*  

     

    2021-22 6th Grade Class 

    6th graders will be introduced to Hillview’s rich elective offerings through the “exploratory wheel” in addition to selecting one year-long elective. The wheel has six spokes, and all 6th graders will move through these six-week courses in a different order. The wheel will consist of Art, Woods, Media Literacy, Character Strong Leadership, Coding, and Spanish/French Language and Culture. 

     

    The second elective will be a year-long elective, one of three language options: Spanish 1A, French 1A, or Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 (the middle school extension of the elementary immersion program). 6th graders also have the option to take Qu3ST as a year-long elective.  Qu3ST is an acronym standing for Quiet Sustained and Supported Study Time, and it is a class held during the 7th period (last period of the day). Please note that enrollment in a world language adds another academic class to a student’s schedule, and we ask you to thoughtfully weigh this choice as 6th grade is an important transitional year where students are getting accustomed to new routines and expectations.

     

    *For students interested in beginning band/strings (open course) or jazz band (entrance by audition) they can select those as a “zero” period option which will be a course held before school a few days per week.  This would be in addition to a student’s other 2 selected electives. 

     

    Our Course Catalog reflects our current planning and assumptions for the 2021-22 school year. Also, only those electives that are viable will run, meaning that some may not be offered if there is not sufficient interest. Please register for your electives by Friday, April 23.

     

     

    2021-22 7th/8th Grade Class

    7th and 8th graders will need to select two electives. These choices can include combinations of trimester electives and year-long electives. To understand what courses are offered either as trimester electives or year-long electives, please review the course catalog below. In addition to the two courses, students can also select a special PE elective (Hillview On the Move or Advanced Dance) instead of traditional PE. Qu3ST is also a year-long elective available to 7th/8th graders. Please complete your elective registration by Friday, April 23.

     

    *For students interested in beginning band/strings (open course) or jazz band (entrance by audition) they can select those as a “zero” period option which will be a course held before school a few days per week.  This would be in addition to a student’s other 2 selected electives. 

     

    Our Course Catalog reflects our current planning and assumptions for the 2021-22 school year. Also, only those electives that are viable will run, meaning that some may not be offered if there is not sufficient interest. Please register for your electives by Friday, April 23.

     

     

    Qu3ST

    All students take two electives. Many of our students choose Qu3ST as their second elective.  Qu3ST is an acronym standing for Quiet Sustained and Supported Study Time, and it is a class open to all students during the 7th period (last period of the day). This important time provides students with essential academic support before the school day ends, allows them to get a jump start on homework, use extra time to complete a task or to ask questions about difficult concepts.  Some students may choose to take a second elective during 7th period instead of participating in Qu3ST. Qu3ST is staffed by one of the student’s academy teachers.

     

    Parent Input Form

    The Parent Input Form  is intended as the primary communication between parents and Hillview counselors regarding scheduling and class placement. This is the first step in communicating information about your child. We are committed to reading every detail that parents provide on these feedback forms. Please know that we seek to accommodate concerns and hopes and work very hard to ensure a high quality, safe, and nurturing program for all children. We will do our best to accommodate individual student needs and to ensure the greatest opportunity for success. If there are any questions, your child's counselor will contact you directly.  

     

    Please note: Hillview does not take requests for specific teachers or academies. Academy and teacher assignments are determined randomly by our student information system. If your child is served by the IEP, 504, or EL programs, please contact your case manager directly.