STARKEY RANCH K-8  4th & 5th GRADE  INFORMATION

COURSE   DESCRIPTIONS

Yearlong Mini Major Courses

 

Spanish– Do you want your child to be a well-rounded global citizen and traveler? Our Spanish mini-majors will acquire and practice the Spanish language through song, dance, story-telling, and regular interactions designed to encourage students to practice and master another language. Students will also explore the numerous cultures, connections, and communities of the Spanish-speaking world.

 

Computer Science– Does your child enjoy discovering how electronic devices work and exploring the hands-on facets of technology? In our computer science mini-major, students will begin learning the ins and outs of various concepts in the computer science field. Through hardware and software programs, and exciting learning experiences and interactive lessons, students will experiment and create using digital tools, coding, robotics, and 3D printing. Students can also begin coursework that could lead to industry certifications upon passing a certification exam.

 

Art– Is your child a budding artist looking for a creative opportunity to shine? In our art mini-major, students will be introduced to the concepts developed later in middle school 2D and 3D art. They will also create hands-on visual components of art, as well as explore photography and print-making concepts. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials on a regular basis.

 

Steel Drums– Does your child have an innate rhythm or is constantly tapping while listening to music? In Steel Drums, students will begin or continue to develop musicianship and performance skills as they study, rehearse, and perform high-quality ensemble music in diverse styles. They may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.  The drums will be provided for students to use while on campus at Starkey Ranch.

 

Orchestra– Does your child show a love for musical instruments? In orchestra, students will explore high-quality music written or transcribed for stringed instruments. They will have the opportunity to learn the foundational instrumental ensemble techniques, performance skills, and music literacy on violin, viola, cello, or bass.  Students will participate in performances as a way of demonstrating mastery of the subject and may be required to attend and/participate in rehearsals and performances outside of the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

 

Musical Theater– Is your child constantly singing and dancing around the house? Do they love to act? In musical theater, students will get to explore the basics of building a character through activities like pantomime, improvisation, and effective speaking techniques, as well as through song, dance, movement, and staging.  Students will begin to explore elements of technical theater such as costumes, props, and scenery as well. They will participate in performances as a way of demonstrating mastery of the subject and may be required to attend and/participate in rehearsals and performances outside of the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

 

Dance– Does your child love to dance? In dance at Starkey, students will develop dance technique and movement vocabulary in multiple dance forms. They will explore performance etiquette, problem-solving skills and studio practices in a safe, dance environment. Students will participate in performances as a way of demonstrating mastery of their art form and may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside of the school day to support, extend, and assess learning happening in our dance studio classrooms. Students in this class may need to obtain (e.g., borrow, purchase) appropriate footwear and/or dance attire from an outside source.