Arts Rotation

Creativity, play, communication – the arts are crucial in the development of an individual’s self-expression and positive self-image. In our art classes, the quality of interactions between our teachers and the students fulfills a crucial function in supporting each child in creating one’s own identity, taking risks, and finding a place in the community. This is why each year, all middle school student cycle through an arts rotation that includes Studio Art, Music, and the Discovery Center (our makerspace and fabrication lab).

The electives schedule is based on the semester system. Students enroll in two electives per semester. Each class meets twice per week for one hour during the fourth period of the day.  Each semester contains offerings in all areas to provide a broad enrichment experience over the course of the school year.

Elective Courses

Perhaps the part of our middle school most beloved by students, Elective Courses provide a variety of dynamic offerings that give students the chance to develop deeper mastery and skill in areas of their passion, and also to experiment with new domains in a safe setting. Selecting courses, fulfilling requirements, and following through with elective choices are important steps in personal responsibility, and great preparation for high school and beyond.

Classes are offered in a variety of strands, including as the arts (rock band, drama, 2d studio art, textiles), athletics (Beach Volleyball, Cross Country, Ultimate Frisbee), language arts (creative writing, French, novel studies), campus leadership (tech squad, yearbook, leadership) and more.  Courses are taught by Gateway faculty and administration, as well as outside instructors when appropriate.

Recent elective course offerings include:

  • Rock Band
  • Game Theory
  • Studio Art
  • Web Design & Photoshop
  • Poetry
  • Theater
  • Cross Country
  • Creative Writing
  • Survival Skills
  • Herbal Concoctions
  • Leadership
  • Photography
  • The Art of Mindfulness & Clay
  • Tech Squad
  • Banned Books
  •  Yearbook