Students are offered the opportunity to take Spanish or French in grades seven and eight. During marking period three in grade six, students will receive a survey regarding their choice of foreign language for grades seven and eight. This survey must be returned to school in order to be placed in the language of choice. Please be aware that the foreign language choice is a two year commitment. Students who do not submit a survey will be assigned a foreign language by the school based on availability. The school may also substitute reading support for foreign language for students not meeting standards on the state ELA exam.
MS104 is committed to providing students with a well-rounded educational experience. Middle school is a period in which students are learning about themselves and beginning to develop many talents and interests. We believe exposure to the arts is an intricate part of the learning experience. MS 104 offers a wide array of arts and technology programs that foster the development of multiple talents. These courses include:
- visual art
- orchestral music
- multimedia journalism
- creative writing
Prior to the beginning of grade six, incoming students may indicate whether they would like to enroll in orchestral music. If they choose to do, this will fill the majority of the students’ course schedule dedicated to the arts. Those students who are not enrolled in orchestral music will be assigned a combination of the arts classes. We do our best to expose students to as many of the arts courses as possible over grades six and seven. At the end of grade seven, students will complete a survey in which they rank the arts courses in order of preference. The school will assign students a course for grade eight and does its best to provide students with their first choice.