GO-NYC provides our scholars with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of Electives as a part of our Middle School Curriculum.
In Visual Arts, students develop resilience, grit, and a growth mindset to help them master their craft, do well academically, and succeed in life after middle school. Middle School Art focuses on the value and purpose of public art through Street Art, including exploring work by Banksy, the Black Lives Matter movement, and street murals. Students then create their own Street Art work projects.
In Music, scholars improve their verbal memory, second language pronunciation accuracy, reading ability, and executive functions. In Music, scholars are learning how to make Musical Instrumentals in a Computer Program called Bandlab. The goal is for students to learn the different parts that make up a musical song track. Students are creating their own instrumental tracks in the program, adding instruments, sound effects, voice samples, and other program features.
In Dance scholars learn and improve their communication skills. Through the very process of being in a dance ensemble, they must learn to verbally, physically, and emotionally communicate with their peers, conductor, and audience. This year In Dance, scholars are working on a Hip Hop Dance Unit. They are working towards being able to perform a variety of Hip-hop dance moves and will choreograph a dance routine using the moves that they have learned.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
In Health/Physical Education scholars develop the physical competences that lead to confidence and participation in physical activity for a lifetime. Scholars also learn a variety of ways to enjoy being physically active so that they will be able to get all of the physical, emotional, intellectual and social benefits that come to someone who lives a healthy and physically active life. In Health/PE, scholars are learning about proper nutrition in their MyPlate Unit. The goal is for students to be able to identify and explain the importance of consuming foods from each food group. Students are learning to identify foods high in empty calories from solid fats and added sugars. Students are also learning about health risks associated with consuming a diet high in calories and sodium.
Introductory Spanish focuses on verbal fluency and reading comprehension. Work is often project-based and students learn about a variety of Spanish-speaking cultures.