Since its inception in 1974, the CHOICE program has provided an alternative learning experience for seventh and eighth graders.In this smaller-school atmosphere, students and teachers can work together to create a positive, supportive community. CHOICE develops a close-knit community of learners over a two-year period. In addition to its academic focus,the program especially seeks to foster personal growth and development. Group process, community service and self-governance help students form a sense of community that is special and meaningful. There is also an emphasis on technology in the program as we are the district's 1:1 pilot program. Seventh grade CHOICE students use a MacBook Pro laptop while the eighth graders are assigned iPads.
The curriculum includes mathematics, science, Humanities, and CHOICE Studies while students integrate with the main building for foreign language, quarterly and PE/music. Mathematics students follow the seventh grade advanced mathematics curriculum that prepares them for the high school level math class in eighth grade.Science classes emphasize hands-on laboratory learning and science applications.The Humanities program combines the teaching of English and social studies and focuses on historical turning points.
The CHOICE Studies period allows students to explore individual interests, typically through interdisciplinary study of major social, political, scientific and economic issues of our times. Students will write a position paper and create a documentary about a current global issue. During theses processes students are asked to think critically, weigh alternatives and make difficult decisions after considering competing viewpoints.This culminates with the annual CHOICE Film Festival.