Electives at Highland Park

Electives are an important part of the school day because they help students learn and focus in school. Many surveys have shown that electives give students a break from the standard core classes throughout the day, which actually allows them to concentrate easier in their remaining classes. Not to mention that electives are some students’ favorite part of their day because it allows them to make connections from their education to the outside world.

Here is a list of all the electives offered at Highland Park:

  • Beginning Dance~b510150
  • IB Dance
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Photography
  • Jewelry
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • IB Art & Design
  • PLTW Architecture and Civil Eng
  • AVID
  • Intro to Agriculture
  • Natural Resources
  • Fish and Wildlife
  • Small Animal Care
  • Horticulture
  • Floral Design
  • 3D Modeling and Programming
  • Programming, Game Design & Internet Security
  • Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • IB Computer Science
  • Percussion~b812786
  • Piano
  • Music Tech
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • World Music Appreciation
  • Mixed Choir
  • Women’s Choir
  • Gymnastics
  • Strength & Fitness
  • Racquet Sports
  • Volleyball
  • Health
  • IB World Geography
  • World Languages; Chinese, French, and Spanish

Some factors that decide what electives are offered include budget, popularity, and availability of teachers. This year due to budget cuts, some electives in the art and performing arts category are no longer offered. This includes Intro to Theater Arts, Acting, Technical Theater, and IB Theatre. Also, last year Highland lost an agriculture/industrial technology teacher, who was never replaced. This means the electives he taught, like Home & Auto Care, along with Construction & Design are no longer offered.

Although some electives were lost, there are a few new ones this year including yearbook, journalism/newspaper, and study hall. Many students chose to take a study hall instead of an elective, which is why we asked them, “If you could see one new elective here at Highland, what would it be?” This is how junior, Anna Chirhart responded; “I would like an art class that is not focused on one element because I prefer a variety of subjects.” When asked, “What seems to be the most popular elective requested by students?” Mrs. Esso, a school counselor, replied, “Students at Highland are very well rounded so there isn’t one elective that stands out too much compared to others, but I would say engineering is the most popular.”

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