sf ms 2013.jpg Our program offers a wide range of electives, designed as extended courses that expose students to experiences outside the core curriculum.  Middle school students have the opportunity to choose two electives per semester. 


Most elective classes culminate in a final presentation, performance, or project at the end of each semester.

Sample Electives

  • Speech and Debate - effective public speaking, understanding of formal debate structure
  • Creative Writing - poetry and short story writing
  • Baking - kitchen management, project management, and final delicious final product  
  • Yearbook -art, publishing, managing digital images, editing the BHDS yearbook
  • Mixed Media Exploration -creating mixed media art pieces
  • Sports Journalism - reporting and writing about athletics and sports
  • Middle School Jazz Band - playing and performing classic jazz compositions
  • Drama - ensemble work on a play presented at Middle School Performance Night


Electives News

  • Tutoring Elective Making a Difference in the Lives of Young Students

    Posted March 18, 2015

    This semester, twenty-six 7th graders are participating in a tutoring elective at Lomita Park School—a Title 1 school—where they engage with, and read to, the kindergarten students. This elective was coordinated by Judaic studies teacher Jody Bloom and the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL), after the 7th graders asked for a way to make a difference in the community. These students received three hours of tutor training by JCL Reading Specialist Joan Green: this training taught our seventh graders how to best read with little children, what expressions and emotions to use, how to be patient, and many other reading techniques. When asked why she enjoys this elective, seventh grader Shanie R. exclaimed, “It’s important for everyone to have an education and it’s important for everyone to learn how to read. I want these children to enjoy reading as much as I do.”

    Our students have formed a special bond with their buddies, and the excitement in the room is palpable when BHDS students and Lomita Park students are working together. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage in active reading,” says Lomita Park kindergarten teacher Carolina Orlando. “My students practice their reading and asking skills. They are being exposed to great role models and forming relationships with people they may never otherwise meet.” Read on for more information... MORE PHOTOS

  • Middle School Performance Night Showcases Student Work

    Posted January 29, 2015

    Middle school students in the drama and band electives delighted an audience of parents, siblings, teachers, and friends, in a performance evening that showcased their first semester's work. The middle school band performed "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder, and featured improvised solos by Quinn K. on the alto saxophone and Rowan M. on the trumpet. Drama elective students performed My Homework Ate My Dog. On display in the BIJ social hall were works by many other electives: "Modern Art Movements," "Printmaking," "Spatial Design," and "What's Inside Your Device." Art students displayed Cubist collages, Pop Art–inspired ceramics, Warhol-style portraits, and works of printmaking. Spatial design students collaborated with the drama elective and created the sets for the show. Computer students showed work on computers of taking apart one of several devices as they explored the beauty of the inside of modern electronics. Kol hakavod ("job well done") to all the participants! MORE PHOTOS