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Electives

Student electives provide a well-rounded middle school experience. GRDC is unique in the fact that we can provide student centered electives.

Tech YES - Our highly recommended and anticipated 6th grade Tech YES program sets the foundation for future technology related classes and projects. One to one laptops and various other technology tools, allow students to express themselves by creating, discovering and learning in a highly diverse classroom setting.

PBL Elective – Problem Based Learning (PBL) is a key ingredient to success at GRDC. This elective class for 7th and 8th grade student takes the problem based curriculum to a higher level, as students not only participate in a engaging learning experience, but are also given the freedom to create a unique individual project. The opportunity to create an individual project, strengthens one of GRDC’s core beliefs, to educate in a balanced approach for lifelong success.

Student Internships – When a student becomes a mentor, he/she becomes a powerful learner. This is the basis for our student internship program, where 7th and 8th grade students are given the opportunity to work as teaching assistants. These students learn office skills, organizational strategies, and collaboration skills in a wide variety of settings. Students also participate in bi-monthly seminars on job-related topics such as: writing a resume, preparing for a job interview, and interpersonal communication amongst co-workers.

Foreign Languages - Gold River Discovery Center enhances your student's learning with a program offering French as an elective and also as a one-year class to 8th grade students.  Additionally, Spanish 1 is being offered to 8th grade students based on space availability.  Students will learn fundamental communication skills in a second language and also study grammar.  Students who pass French 1 or Spanish 1 with a 85% or higher grade are allowed to register for French 2 or Spanish 2 in their first year of high school!