Middle school elective classes encourage students to pursue interests and passions beyond the core curriculum. They offer rotating elective choices which means students will take one of their class choices the first semester and another class choice the second semester.

Each middle school has an e-form students will complete with their elective choices. Registration links will be sent through email following student orientation. Though each school tries their best to fulfill a student's choice, we are unable to guarantee them. Priority is given to 8th grade students. On this page, learn more about each elective class currently offered at Chaboya.

If you are a new student to Chaboya Middle School, here are some links to review:

Here are the current elective classes offered at Chaboya:

Animal Lore

Teacher: Trent, Scott

Room F3

This class is all about animals-their anatomy, special characteristics, predator/prey relationships, and eating habits. The class is basically a zoology class. Many drawing and labeling assignments are backed with discussions and videos. Students investigate myths, legends, facts, fiction, and skills of animals. Emphasis is on details of insects, sharks, spiders, wolves, lions, snakes and venomous creatures.

Art and Design

Teacher: Meacham, Marie
Room F2

A variety of art concepts are explored in Fine Art and Design. You will learn to draw buildings, people, places, still life objects, and cursive/calligraphy. We mix colors with paint/pigments/pastels and learn various painting techniques as we discuss careers and discover how art influenced cultures, society, and history throughout the world.

AVID - (Year-long elective)

Teacher: TBD
Email tbd
Room A4

AVID is a college-focused program designed to help students develop necessary skills such as; organizational techniques, critical thinking, note-taking, and additional strategies that improve learning. Twice a week students take part in tutorials where they work in collaborative settings alongside tutors to persevere through challenging academic roadblocks. AVID students are taught to self-advocate, speak with confidence, and be leaders on the Chaboya campus. The AVID elective is available to eighth grade students with a 2.5-3.5 G.P.A. Students must have the desire to do well academically, attend college, commit to a year long elective, and a willingness to invest time and effort to excel in their studies. Priority is given to 1st generational college hopefuls.

Band - (Year-long elective)

Teacher: Kolber, Karen

Room G4
  • Beginning Band is open to all students who play a band instrument or who want to learn to play one. This band gives students the opportunity to explore music making and prepares them to play in the Advanced Band. Students play from the book, “Traditions of Excellence” levels 1 and 2. Students play at concerts and top music festivals. Students learn new skills every day.
  • Advanced Band is a top award-winning band. Entrance is through audition or permission by the director only. The band plays from, “Traditions of Excellence” levels 2 and 3, as well as many selected pieces from standard band repertoire. Students learn technical skills, musical independence, musical artistry, and mastery while they play in top-level competitions, music festivals, concerts, and assemblies.


Teacher: Gemellos, George

Room J7

Chaboya is always searching for the next Bobby Fischer. If you have ever wanted to beat your friends at chess or your brother or sister, Chess is the elective for you. If you do not know the difference between the Dragon Variation and a Poison Pawn Sicilian, this is the class for you. We will study the games of past world champions like Anand, Capablanca, Kasparov, and Tal. Anderssen’s Immortal Game, Lasker’s famous double bishop sacrifice, and The Game of the Century played by a 13 year-old Bobby Fischer, and you will see them all. Along the way, you will improve your writing and presentation skills, organization, and critical thinking.

Drama Class

Teacher: Jones, Sharon

Room A5/A6

If you like being in plays, then this class is for you. Students perform one play per semester. Also, students learn voice projection, acting skills, public speaking skills, listening skills, and singing and dancing (sometimes), depending on the play. There are major parts and minor roles for those not so adventurous. Backstage students help with lights, sound, curtain, and props. A $25 donation is encouraged for this class to help cover the costs of costumes and set designs.

Guitar /Ukulele

Teacher: Kobler, Karen

Room G4

Music is for everyone. In both guitar and ukulele classes, students learn to read staff notation and tablature, as well as chords and bass charts. Students learn how to accompany themselves and others on the guitar or ukulele. Basic tuning concepts are also introduced. Students are invited to perform before a live audience in either the winter or spring concert.

Introduction to Computer Science

Teacher: Khor, Irene

Room J3

This is a general computer science course that acquaints students with problem-solving methods, structured programming, and modular design. Students will learn how to program in Scratch, an easy to use visual programming language, to create innovative artifacts. The aim is to use computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun.


Teacher: Spacek, Sara

Room D1/D2

Chaboya's Student Body Leadership is an elective class that is primarily for 8th graders, however, students in 7th grade may also participate if they have a teacher recommendation from their elementary school. Students that participate in Leadership are committed to being helpful and spirited to make the school a better place for all the students attending Chaboya. Leadership class holds many activities for our students. Spirit rallies, noontime activities, fundraisers, the student store, special events days, and dances are provided for all students in good standing.

Life Skills

Teacher: Steinberg, Susan

Room F1

Skills learned from core subjects (math, science, social studies, and language arts) are applied to real-life situations in order to better prepare students for their futures. Personal and social cooking is highlighted. The program includes: Food Science, Nutrition; Food Preparation; Multi-cultural Cuisine; Consumer Education and Personal Budgeting; Goal Setting and Independent living; job applications; interview techniques; and check registers. A $10 donation is encouraged and appreciated, and all donations go towards the purchase of groceries for the cooking section of the class.

Spanish - (Year-long elective)

Teacher: Spence, Wendy

Room B5

This introductory course is designed to immerse our 8th grade students in the Spanish language and culture through a variety of activities. By participating in this course, 8th grade students will have the foundation needed to succeed in the next level of high school Spanish.

Yearbook / Journalism

Teacher: Bryan, Julieann

Room B1

Using your excellent writing, photography, design, and communication skills, work to produce Chaboya's annual yearbook and quarterly newspaper. Develop skills to: write news articles; interview students and staff; take beautiful, well-composed photographs; create graphic design; and market your product.

Teacher Assistant / Office Assistant / Library Assistant

Teacher: You select the Teacher

Office Assistant: Grassi, Sue

Library Assistant: Minicelli, Tammy

The goals of this elective are to:

  • Help students improve reading, writing and numeracy skills, and effective communication skills.
  • Increase the ability to build good relationships with peers and staff.
  • Develop excellent organizational skills, flexibility, and creativity.

How to Apply
Prior to selecting this as an elective choice, students must first request an application from the teacher/secretary for whom they intent to be a teacher/office assistant. Students need parent/guardian and administration approval. Students can be a TA/OA for only one semester. Teachers/Secretaries are limited to five TAs per semester.

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