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Middle School Encore/Electives

The Association for Middle Level Education notes that exploratory courses are a key component of successful middle schools, offering regularly scheduled, short-term enrichment experiences in which students can investigate chosen areas of knowledge and interest.  Nipher and North Kirkwood Middle Schools each offer students a number of encore/elective classes, as extensions of other curricular areas and/or as opportunities to explore new areas of interest.  Courses range from several weeks to a full year, depending on the grade level, school, and purpose of the course.  Curricula for several courses are linked at the bottom of this page, particularly for those not directly aligned with and/or extensions of other curricular areas.  Additional explo/elective courses may include, but are not limited to, those listed on the right hand side of this page. 


  • Advanced Drama
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Great Outdoors
  • Guitar
  • History Through Literature & Film
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Introduction to World Languages
  • Leaders Among Us
  • Literacy
  • Literacy Support
  • Magazine & Web Journalism
  • Makerspace
  • Math Support
  • Mind & Body
  • News Team
  • Reading Zone
  • Speech & Drama
  • Reading Intervention
  • Robotics
  • Tech Time
  • STEM
  • Weights & Conditioning
  • Woodworking I & II
  • Yearbook
  • Zoology