The Elective program at Saint Philip Neri provides our students with an opportunity to explore classes outside their academic courses. The elective program follows the semester system, which allows the student to partake in two electives per year. This program was created to give students the opportunity to express their creativity, and the ability to experience all electives by the time they graduate from Saint Philip Neri Catholic School. Please click on links to the right for my information on elective classes.
Speech and Debate
Drama - Drama students will learn character exploration, performance skills, general set and costume design, and more. The skills learned here will prepare students for high school theater programs, along with building students' confidence, practicing public speaking, working with others, and thinking on one's feet. Come join the fun!
Art-Yes! Everyone can draw, paint, and create. Students taking Art will experience and learn a variety of techniques using different materials. Each student will work at his or her pace and have many opportunities to be creative and have fun.
Broadcasting- Lights! Camera! Action! Come be a part of CSPN News. New this year is a green screen that will allow us to enhance broadcasts. Are you hard working? Full of ideas? And ready for primetime? If so this is for you. See you on the set.
Media 101- This class will be responsible for creating our school yearbook! That not enough? You will also be making a short movie that will benefit those in our community. If you like photography, writing, scrap booking, filming, or making movies then let us know.
Public Speaking- Gain confidence in speaking in front of a group of people. Students will get the opportunity to give short speeches, presentations and demonstrations in front of a group. It will be a valuable skill they can use for the rest of their life.
Speech And Debate- This elective will introduce students to debate. It will introduce key fundamentals such as volume, rate, emphasis, articulation, organization, research, and word choice. Students will have to prepare and be able to debate both pro and con on various topics and also. They will learn to how to refute arguments and form rebuttals. They will then participate in individual and team debate.
Tone Chimes- We will learn to play tone chimes, which are similar in sound to hand bells. We will learn proper techniques of playing and damping (another word for stopping the sound). Music Reading concepts learned in elementary school will be reinforced and we will learn additional elements such as chord building and key signature assignments. We will play at school liturgies, prayers services, concerts and other special events.
Everyday Music- We have four units in Everyday Music: Sounds of the Cities – we will study music styles and artists across America, starting in New Orleans then continuing to Memphis, Nashville, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Technology (7th and 8th grade only)
Spanish (6th grade only) Students in 6th grade will be introduced to the first semester of Spanish 1 (high school level). They will use the textbook and workbook ¡Buen Viaje! Spanish 1-This course is an opportunity to advance into high school level Spanish 1. Our goal is to reach the student who would like to advance to a higher level Spanish after completing 5 or 6 years of the introductory Spanish curriculum currently offered at Saint Phiip Neri. The textbook used is Realidades. This is a rigorous course that meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:00 to 7:50 a.m.