As part of the mandates, all students in grade 7 and 8 have to choose an elective.  They can choose from the following courses: Art, Keyboard, Dance, or Spoken Word (Theatre).  These courses are offered once a week on Tuesdays from 1:45 PM until 3:15 PM for Grade 8; and on Fridays from 12:58 PM until 2:30 PM for Grade 7.  The electives will begin on November 1, 2016.   

Please be mindful that the 8th grade students will need permission to stay until 3:15 PM.  

By choosing one of the electives above, the students agree to a yearly commitment to attend these classes as scheduled.  These courses will account for a portion of their grades during the school year's monitoring period.


Ms. L. Malec

The Art Elective course at P.S./I.S. 208 is designed to offer 7th and 8th grade students an additional opportunity to explore visual arts through multiple mediums.  The curriculum for this course is designed to prepare students for art specialty high schools.  Students will be creating pieces for their portfolio; this includes, landscapes, cityscapes, abstract work, self-portraits, still-lifes, sketchbook drawings and more.  Upon leaving this course, students will gain knowledge and skills in application, process, and conceptualization.


Ms. C. Macias

Piano Club Description

Students in the piano club learn to play piano from the very beginning. You don’t need to have any experience to learn how to play piano in this club. If you have some experience, the program will feature songs just for you. The class learns how to play piano by reading music, writing it and playing songs both together as a class and individually. It concludes with a class concert at the end of the school year.


Ms. K. Grier-Martinez & Ms. N. Kagami

The ArtsConnection Elective Residency focuses on technical aspects of pre-professional dance training, through creating and building upon existing information.  Also, rehearsing and sharing choreographed material in 7th and 8th Grades.  Students will learn basic ideas of dance/fitness techniques, choreographed combinations developed by the artists and the students themselves and related vocabulary. They will acquire and develop an understanding of self, with better physical control and body awareness while advancing towards a greater understanding of movement application studies as it applies to dance/theater. 

They will engage in group activities to acquire teamwork/ensemble skills.  Helping students link the gap between students learning aptitude in preparation for a sharing experience.  


Ms. D. Cooper & Ms. C. Atkins

The 7th and 8th grade elective is one that involves creative engagement. The students partake in the fine / performing arts as well as meeting their elective mandates. Through monologue, improvisation and impromptu scripts, the students develop the skills, craft, and imagination needed to explore their creative sides. Moreover, as we explore the world of theater, students also develop their public speaking, critical thinking, creative writing and team building skills.