Two-Day Electives (Semester-long)

We have a diverse offering of electives for our students to pursue all their different passions, ranging from debate to programming and politics. These courses meet twice per week for a semester:

Advanced Mandarin

This class will continue to improve students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Mandarin. The teacher will also focus on developing students’ higher level reading and writing processes. In addition, students will learn deeper understanding of Chinese culture, and build global competence.

310-476-2868 ext 260

Book Club

Students will have the opportunity to read a variety of genres and openly discuss major themes, characters, plot development, and symbolism present in the novels they are reading. We will also discuss ways in which particular works of literature apply to our lives today.

310-476-2868 ext 234

Competitive MATHCOUNTS

MATHCOUNTS is a nationally recognized middle school mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging ''bee'' style contests. It is a two-day year long elective open for all upper school students. In order to participate in the actual competition, one must be in US2, US3 or US4.

This elective course provides materials and sources necessary to prepare for the competition, and teaches you technical skills as well as how to have fun in math!

310-476-2868 ext 241

Current Events

Current Events is a course based upon experiencing and understanding the world we live in; we will analyze and discuss the news that rocks the world, whether it be politics, sports, entertainment, weather events, state and local matters or foreign affairs. Utilizing all media sources available to us, including video, newsprint, etc, those who take this course will be well-informed on all world events. If you are fascinated by how the world works and all the news makers and shakers that run it, sign up and stay clued in.

310-476-2868 ext 237

Electronic Music Production

Delve into music making! In the first semester students will learn about the components of music and what goes into making a song. They will use professional level recording tools and programs to produce original electronic music. Note: In the Spring semester elective, students will be introduced to live performance.

310-476-2868 ext 269
Director of Advancement
310-476-2868 ext 201

Exploring Spanish Culture and Language Through Media

Curricular description coming soon!

Upper School Spanish
310-476-2868 ext 250

FLL Robotics

The 2019-20 Season asks...What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin? More than ever, we must come together to innovate and solve problems. In FLL Robotics, you are part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together through hands-on and collaborative practices.

Director of STEAM
310-476-2868 ext 218
Library Media Specialist
310-476-2868 ext 227

Introduction to Marine Biology

In this class, we'll explore the way the ocean works, ocean habitats, the life in the ocean and how our oceans are changing. There may be opportunities for field trips, to practice how ocean scientists learn about the wonders of our water world.

310-476-2868 ext 269

Introduction to Microcontrollers

Do you want to make a robot? Have you wanted to make a device that interacts and/or responses to the environment? Join this elective and learn how microcontrollers open the world of robotics.

Upper School Technology Integrationist
310-476-2868 ext 261

Introduction to Python

Learn the basics of programing with the Python language. All skill levels are welcome!

Upper School Technology Integrationist
310-476-2868 ext 261

Mind Puzzles

This fast-paced, two-day elective challenges students with short, interesting mind puzzles of various types, including word puzzles and number puzzles. It is designed to develop logical thinking, lateral thinking, and problem solving skills.

(310) 476-2868 ext. 272

Mirman X

Apply to join year 4 of Mirman's revolutionary "startup accelerator." In MirmanX, we take ambitious projects and make them business realities. Work alongside other passionate and talented students on one of three selected projects—maybe yours! 3 student projects per year are selected. Join MirmanX, and Go Beyond!

Director of STEAM
310-476-2868 ext 218

Music Performance and Songwriting

In this course, students will learn basic skills around general music theory, write original songs and play them as a group. There will be opportunities for students to write original music individually and compose a few songs as a collaborative group. Students will study song structure, musical elements and analyze lyrics throughout the semester. Students need to have prior knowledge and experience on at least one instrument (including voice).

Director of Music Programs
310-476-2868 ext 221

Tolkien in the Trenches

Tolkien in the Trenches is a class focusing on the film, literature and lore of Lord of the Rings and how the military service of LOTR's creator, J.R.R Tolkien, shaped its development. Those in this class will learn the history of World War One and the British Isles, explore Scandinavian mythology and medieval combat and dive into an in-depth analysis of Lord of the Rings and the roots of fantasy fiction. Come ready to "nerd out" more than you ever have in your life.

310-476-2868 ext 238