Current Electives 2013-2014 Semester 1
Presidio GARDEN Internship (UPPER SCHOOL ONLY) – Sign up if you would like to do an internship with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation assisting with the development and maintenance of the Presidio garden area. The student intern(s) will assist with starting Presidio-era plants from seed, preparing the planting beds, planting, transplanting, watering, and weeding. Students will also assist with interpretation of the garden to park visitors and during special living history events at the Presidio. This class is open to grades 9-12 only.
Robotics (LOWER SCHOOL ONLY) – This is a real hands-on class that utilizes programming, competitions, teamwork, and community service. In this exciting new class for grades 7 and 8, we will learn together by building and programming robots in groups and possibly competing in regional competitions. Anacapa Upper Schooler Jade Mueller-Galbraith, who has extensive experience in robotics competitions, will assist in the coaching and preparation in this class. The fee for this class, which will be included in the student’s book bill, will be $75.
Soccer – The goal of this class is to enjoy the sport of soccer and to improve physical fitness. Class time will be spent playing class matches, developing skills, and learning soccer theory. As in the past, we are hoping to schedule some matches against co-ed teams from other small schools in the local area. Cleats and shin guards are required for safety reasons. Students will be transported in school vans to the soccer field for this class. All ages and experience levels are welcome. GO, ISLANDERS!
STEAM Lab (UPPER SCHOOL ONLY) – Ever wonder just how electronic gadgets work? STEAM Lab is a new course, which combines experiences with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) into a discovery-learning laboratory. Students will learn basic theory and gain experience with electronic circuits and electrical engineering, microcontroller programming, and hands-on creating, building and sometimes breaking gadgets and gizmos along the way. Experience with electronics and computer programming is not required, but an inquisitive nature and a willingness to experiment are! This course is being offered as part of a UCSB study on innovative classroom initiatives in STEAM education. The class is open to grades 9-12 only. Completion of both the first and second semesters is required. The $200 lab fee includes books and materials. If funding for this fee is a problem, please contact Gordon Sichi (email@example.com).
Studio Art (UPPER SCHOOL ONLY) – Because this course is required for graduation from Anacapa, it is recommended that ninth graders sign up for this one-year course. Open to grades 9-12 only, Studio Art instructs students in drawing and painting through directed studio projects combined with a comprehensive study of art history. Course goals include learning to effectively communicate ideas graphically and developing competency with different media. Students learn to analyze the diversity of visual expression and the principles of fine art and design in order to knowledgeably execute and critique art (including their own). Projects involve multiple disciplines, and students will most certainly feel proud of the growth they make in their artistic expression. This course has been approved by the University of California (UC) for credit for the F Category of their A-G admission requirements. It has also been approved for Studio Art to be taken multiple years (as Studio Art I the first year, Studio Art II the second year, and Advanced Independent Study Studio Art the third year). We are offering Studio Art in the afternoon this year so that more students have the opportunity to take it as an elective, either for the first time or as an extra year of UC-approved coursework. Because this is a full-year course, students enrolled in Studio Art first semester are expected to continue second semester.
Study Hall –Students are expected to come prepared for their extended study time each day. Students will receive a grade but no academic credit.