Academic Departments


Grade 6 Electives  |  Grade 7 Electives  |  Grade 8 Electives
Grade 6:
Exploratory Art  A year-long, beginning level course designed to explore the Elements of Art and Principles of Design through Drawing with Pencil, Pastels, Crayons and Markers, Painting, Printmaking, Three-Dimensional Design, and Ceramics. Video
Chorus A year-long course where students will learn how to sing- no experience needed! Students will participate in a  choral music experience in which they share and work toward a common goal – performances of the highest quality. Video
Exploring Career Pathways- This elective gives students the opportunity to explore a different technology-based course each  trimester which aligns with high school career pathways -Video:  
  • Students will complete Disney’s Imagineering-in-a-Box curriculum which is designed to pull back the curtain to show you how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. In this course students will go behind the scenes with Disney Imagineers and complete project-based exercises to design a theme park of their very own.
  • Computer Science and Introduction to Coding is also included throughout the course.
  • Digital Photography: Students will learn techniques to take quality pictures, the basics of exposure, and how to manipulate  pictures in a number of artistic projects, including an introduction to Yearbook editing software. 
  • Gateway to Technology: Features a project-based curriculum in which Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)  are used in the designing and building of projects, including Video Production. 
  • Computer Graphic Arts: Students learn various aspects of graphic design while they create graphic art in Adobe Photoshop.
Intensive Spanish Program Students have an opportunity to learn Spanish in this unique three-year academic class.  Students who choose this elective are committing to 3 years and exhibit a willingness to learn study skills and demonstrate consistent effort. After studying Spanish for three years, students will be assessed for placement to enter a high school Spanish 5/6 class in  PUSD. Students from the Dual Language program may wish to consider this as an elective to build their skills in Spanish.  Video
Band Students will participate in a 5 day a week band program that will pick up where 5th grade band left off. Students will  learn how to play more challenging and fun music as individuals and in a group setting. There will be at least 4 band concerts a year as  well as a band competition and field trip to Knott’s Berry Farm during the year. Students will be able to switch to new instruments  such as Oboe, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, French horn, Tuba and Percussion!  Video
Orchestra 1 Orchestra is the string instrument section of the music program at Meadowbrook. It consists of violin, viola, cello and string bass. This is a year-long elective which meets daily. Students develop fundamental technical skills and aesthetic  awareness. An emphasis is placed on individual and group performances. School cellos and basses are available to use at school only. No prior experience necessary. Video
 
Grade 7:
 
Exploratory Art - A year-long, beginning level course designed to explore the Elements of Art and Principles of Design through Drawing with Pencil, Pastels, Crayons and Markers, Painting, Printmaking, Three-Dimensional Design, and Ceramics. Students who had this course in 6th grade should not take it again. Video
Art A year-long, advanced level course designed to explore the Elements of Art and Principles of Design in-depth through Drawing with Pencil, Pastels, Crayons and Markers, Painting, Printmaking, Three-Dimensional Design and Ceramics. There is no prerequisite for this course. It is open to all students. Video
AVID Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college prep elective designed to support students in a rigorous academic curriculum using  weekly tutorial and improving organization, questioning skills and study skills. Students must complete an application and attend an interview session.  Video
Band Students will continue to develop their instrumental music skills individually and in a group setting. There will be at least 4 band concerts during the  year, as well as a trip to the Poway Band Festival. Students will take a field trip to Disneyland and get a chance to perform in the park. Students will continue to develop  skills that will enable them to be successful musicians in high school and beyond. Video
Chorus A year-long course where students will learn how to sing-no experience needed! Students will participate in a choral music experience in which they  share and work toward a common goal-performances of the highest quality. Video
Computer Graphic Arts Students learn various aspects of graphic design while they create graphic art in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. This is a year-long  course. There is no prerequisite for this course. It is open to all students. Video
Digital Photo/Video This program serves as an introduction to photography and video production. Students will learn the basics of photo and video composition, creative thinking, and the history of the art forms. Projects will be created through a process that involves careful preparation, deliberate application of aesthetic principles, and the skilled use of equipment. This course is a prerequisite for Digital Photography 1-2 and/or Digital Media 1 (MB News class). Video
Exploring Career Pathways This elective gives students the opportunity to explore a different technology-based course each  trimester which aligns with high school career pathways. Students who had this course in 6th grade should not take it again.   Video
  • Students will complete Disney’s Imagineering-in-a-Box curriculum which is designed to pull back the curtain to show you how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. In this course students will go behind the scenes with Disney Imagineers and complete project-based exercises to design a theme park of their very own.
  • Computer Science and Introduction to Coding is also included throughout the course.
  • Digital Photography: Students will learn techniques to take quality pictures, the basics of exposure, and how to manipulate  pictures in a number of artistic projects, including an introduction to Yearbook editing software. 
  • Gateway to Technology: Features a project-based curriculum in which Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)  are used in the designing and building of projects, including Video Production. 
  • Computer Graphic Arts: Students learn various aspects of graphic design while they create graphic art in Adobe Photoshop.
Gateway to Technology Features a project-based curriculum in which Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) are used in the designing and  building of projects. This is a year-long course. Video
Intensive Spanish Program This seventh grade course is the second year of the three-year commitment of the Intensive Spanish Program. After studying Spanish for three years, students will be assessed for placement to enter a PUSD high school Spanish 5/6 class. Video
Orchestra 2 This class is for students with at least one year of experience playing a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Students will  further skills on musical instruments and perform different styles of music. A greater emphasis is placed on individual and group performance. Students provide their  own instruments. School cellos and basses are available to use at school only. Video
Yearbook Students will learn all aspects of producing our school yearbook - including design, layout, sales, and distribution. Students will also learn digital  photography and Photoshop editing. Video
 
Grade 8: 
 
Art- A year-long, advanced level course designed to explore the Elements of Art and Principles of Design in-depth through Drawing with Pencil, Pastels, Crayons and Markers, Painting, Printmaking, Three-Dimensional Design and Ceramics.  It is open to all students.  Video
AVID Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college prep elective designed to support students in a rigorous academic curriculum using weekly  tutorial and improving organization, questioning skills and study skills. Students must complete an application and attend an interview session.   Video
Band Students will continue to develop their instrumental music skills individually and in a group setting. There will be at least 4 band concerts during the year, as well  as a trip to the Poway Band Festival. Students will take a field trip to Disneyland and get a chance to perform in the park. Students will continue to develop skills that will enable  them to be successful musicians in high school and beyond. Video
Chorus- A year-long course where students will learn how to sing-no experience needed! Students will participate in a choral music experience in which they share and  work toward a common goal-performances of the highest quality. Video
Computer Graphic Arts Students learn various aspects of graphic design while they create graphic art in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students who took this  course last year are welcome to select it again and will be grouped accordingly with other second-year students. Video
Digital Photo/Video This program serves as an introduction to photography and video production. Students will learn the basics of photo and video composition, creative thinking, and the history of the art forms. Projects will be created through a process that involves careful preparation, deliberate application of aesthetic principles, and the skilled use of equipment. This course is a prerequisite for Digital Photography 1/2 and/or Digital Media 1 (MB News class). Video
Digital Media Production I Students learn that video products are created through a process that involves careful preparation, deliberate application of aesthetic  principles, and the skilled use of equipment. Students will be involved in the creation of the weekly Meadowbrook News Broadcast. *Prerequisite = Digital Photo/Video  
Digital Photography Students will learn how digital cameras work, techniques to take quality pictures using them, the basics of exposure, and how to manipulate their photos afterwards in a number of artistic projects. Coursework is aligned with high school Photo 1/2. *Prerequisite = Digital Photo/Video 
Gateway to Technology Features a project-based curriculum in which Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) are used in the designing and building of  projects. This is a first-year course. If students elect to take it a second year, it will be a repeat. Video
Intensive Spanish Program This course is the third year of the three-year commitment of the Intensive Spanish Program. After three years of Spanish, students will be assessed for placement to enter a PUSD high school Spanish level 5/6 class. Video
Orchestra 2 This class is for students with at least one year of experience playing a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass). Students will further skills  on musical instruments and perform different styles of music. A greater emphasis is placed on individual and group performance. Students provide their own instruments.  School cellos and basses are available to use at school only. Video
Spanish 1-2 A first year course that develops the four communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with basic vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic  expressions. Successful students may go on to Spanish 3-4 in high school.  Video
 
Yearbook- Students will learn all aspects of producing our school yearbook, including design, layout, sales, and distribution. Students will also learn digital  photography and Photoshop editing. Video
 
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