Middle School Elective Program




The Elective program at Saint Philip Neri provides our students with an opportunity to deepen their 21st century learning of collaboration, communication, problem solving, critical thinking, innovation and creativity. 

Drama – Drama students learn character exploration, performance skills, general set and costume design, and more. The skills learned here will prepare students for high school theater programs, along with building students’ confidence. Come join the fun!

Broadcasting – Lights! Camera! Action! Come be part of CSPN News. In broadcasting, students learn to storyboard, film, edit and produce a broadcast.

Public Speaking – Gain confidence in speaking in front of a group of people. Students have the opportunity to write and present short speeches in front of a group. They lean presentation techniques and provide peer feedback. 

Programming – Students learn computer-programming skills. 

Tone Chimes – The tone chimes are similar to hand bells and provide an opportunity for students to learn to read music and perform collaboratively.

Genius Hour – What if students had the opportunity to choose what they learned in school? Based on Google’s “20% time”, Genius Hour is a time to allow 6th-8th graders to research, design, explore and create a project based on their interests and passions. Throughout the trimester, students blog about their progress and conduct a final presentation.

Art – Yes! Everyone can draw, paint and create. Students taking Art will experience and learn a variety of techniques using different materials. Each student will work at his or her pace and have opportunities to create and have fun.

Yearbook – This class will be responsible for creating the school yearbook. Students will learn photography, photo exiting, design layout, and advertising. Come be part of helping to create the school’s history.

Advanced Broadcasting – Have you taken Broadcasting before? This class further develops the broadcasting skills learned and provides a chance for students to create more complex broadcasts.

Robotics – How do you create a robot that follows your commands? With Lego Mindstorms! This class explores creating robots and programming them to complete specific tasks.

Study Skills – Study skills is a great opportunity for students to receive supplemental resources to support their executive learning. Smaller class settings allow for students to have individualized learning opportunities.