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 Public Speaking, one Community Involvement elective, one Fine Arts or Drama course, and one Global & Cultural Awareness course.

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


  • Design Thinking - Bring Your Ideas
  • Calling All Makers
  • Animation & Gaming in Javascript
  • Art, Games & More with Python
  • Robotics
  • Robotics II
  • Inspiring Young Scientific Minds
  • Power Plants
  • Nature
  • Science Behind the Movies
  • Math Support

Fine Arts/Drama

  • Dance
  • 2-D Drawing and Painting
  • 3-D Art and Sculpture
  • Digital Photography
  • Musical Drama
  • Drama
  • The Art of Mexico and Central America
  • Musical Theater History

Modern Languages

  • French A
  • French A
  • French B
  • French C
  • Spanish A
  • Spanish B
  • Spanish C
  • Speed Spanish
  • Mandarin


Community Involvement

  • Community Service with an Environmental Twist
  • Issues and Choices
  • Environmental Economics
  • ACDS Library Science 101
  • Yearbook

Global/Cultural Awareness

  • Big History
  • Art, Play, Dance Around the Latin America
  • Eye on the Media
  • Me, Myself, & I
  • “Her” Story
  • The Art of Mexico and Central America
  • Hip Hop and Culture
  • Environmental Economics


  • Public Speaking
  • Competition Speech and Debate
  • The Art of the Short Story

General Studies

  • Structured Study Hall
  • 6th Grade Study Skills
  • Classic Film
  • Basketball
  • It’s All About Strategy
  • Yearbook