Saraland Middle School offers a number of rich and diverse electives for students in grades 6-8. Several provide an interdisciplinary overlap for core classes while engaging the students in areas of high interest. Students learn life-long skills and engage in real world problems and solutions. Students are highly motivated because they have a choice in the elective taken. Sixth grade students are allowed one elective choice while seventh and eighth grades have two.
Spanish 7 - 7th Grade
This course is offered to 7th grade students. It includes listening, speaking, reading and writing skills involving familar topics; understanding and responding to simple expressions; writing using learned vocabulary; and introduction to Spanish-speaking cultures. It is a prerequisite for Spanish I.
Spanish I - 8th Grade
This high school credit course includes the following: listening and speaking skills including understanding and responding to simple directions, expressions of courtesy, and questions related to daily routines; reading and writing skills including words and phrases used in basic situational contexts; and beginning understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures.
STEM/Robotics - 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. At Saraland Middle School STEM develops a set of thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative and creative skills that advanced students can use in all areas of their lives. It is an immersion of hands on and inquiry-based projects. Robotics, coding, CAD drawing, and real-life applications are all included.
Business Technology Applications (BTA) - 8th Grade
This high school credit course is designed to assist students in developing technological proficiencies in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, communications, Internet use, ethics and careers using technology applications.
Math/Reading Lab - 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades
These courses are designed to offer additional support in the areas of reading and math during the school day. Students are provided with one-on-one and small group instruction that supports the learning in the reading and math classes and is tailored to the student's greatest areas of need based on assessment results.
Coding I - 7th & 8th Grades
Coding will allow students to become active learners by engaging them in problem-solving opportunities, hands-on learning, and performance-based assessments. The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. Students engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. The course inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices.
Tech Ed - 6th & 7th Grades
With a focus on preparing students to be competitive and successful in a digital society, this hands on course places heavy emphasis on implementing correct keyboarding procedures. Students will also gain insight into successfully manuevering within this digital world by increased exposure to internet safety, ethical computer usage, and digital citizenship. These skills will assist students in developing strategies to address and solve real world problems.
Yearbook - 7th Grade
This course is designed for students who have been selected to participate on the yearbook staff. It includes producing a publication, format, layout, photographs and yearbook design.
Teen Discoveries - 7th Grade
Teen Discoveries is a semester-long course for 7th grade students. This course is designed to prepare students for the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social changes that characterize adolescence. Special emphasis is placed on the relationships between the students and their families, friends and acquaintances. Topics include personal, family, and peer relationships; food; clothing; consumer issues; child development; housing; technology; and career exploration.
Teen Connections - 8th Grade
Teen Connections is a year-long course for 8th grade students. Students will use a variety of hands-on learning activities and class laboratories to demonstrate knowledge of skills learned. All activities and projects will revolve around the global society and enriching our knowledge ourselves and our community. The community will play an integral part in the learning process. Guest speakers will be incorporated when possible.