Exciting exploration, unique courses, and hands-on learning are hallmarks of the Middle School elective program.

Our Middle School students choose from an extensive selection of exciting and varied elective courses, representing the broad expertise of our faculty and the dynamic interests of the students themselves. Different electives are offered each year, including brand new options. Most electives run for one trimester, allowing students to explore a number of subject areas over the course of their three years in Middle School.

ACDS is committed to helping shape well-rounded learners with experience in a range of topics and interests. To support this goal, ACDS graduation requirements include Speech 1, one Service Learning & Leadership elective, and one Fine Arts or Drama course.

Some of our Middle School electives, categorized by discipline, include:



  • Calling All Makers
  • Tynker to Minecraft
  • Digital Photography
  • Dollars and Sense
  • Film-making
  • Podcasting/Garageband
  • Science and Engineering
  • Web Design
  • Biomimicry

Community Involvement

  • Service Learning & Leadership
  • Community Service
  • Issues and Choices
  • Yearbook
  • ACS Library Science

Fine Arts

  • 2-D Art and Design
  • 3-D Art and Sculpture
  • Calligraphy
  • Claymation
  • Cover Band
  • Drama
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music + Orff = Fun
  • Musical Drama
  • Vocal Music
  • Zoom, the choir!

World Languages

  • French A, B, C
  • Spanish A, B, C



  • American Gangster
  • Believe it or Not!
  • Big Easy
  • Big History
  • Classic Film
  • Dollars and Sense
  • Eat, Play, Dance
  • "Her"story
  • History of Rock ‘n Roll
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Journey to the Emerald Isle
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Sweet Science
  • Who am I?
  • Relax


  • Book Club
  • Competition Speech and Debate
  • Creative Expression
  • Literary Journal - Twisted Wisdom
  • "In the News" Broadcast Journalism
  • Mock Trial
  • Multicultural Children's Literature
  • Oral Interpretation
  • 6th Grade Study Skills
  • Speech 1
  • Speech 2 and Debate
  • Structured Study Hall
  • Whodunit