Middle School Electives


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For students who have completed 6th through 8th grades

Middle School Electives Sessions are held on the Page-Frederiksen Campus at 2015 Pleasant Ridge Road.

Sessions run from 9:00am-3:30pm.

Student drop-off begins at 8:45am and pick-up ends at 3:45pm.

Participants must bring a lunch, snack, and water bottle each day.

Extended Care morning hours are available from 8:00am-8:45am & afternoon hours are available from 3:45pm-6:00pm.  Click here for more details.

The Middle School Electives are open to students who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Given the developmental importance of having social interactions at this age, we offer this program to provide a safe and appropriate place for social and learning opportunities in comfortable settings. Everything is oriented toward students trying and doing activities for themselves while having fun with their peers in a relaxed learning environment.

Summer 2016 Schedule

Photography (This session is now full.  You may register to be on the waitlist.)

June 13-17

Bring your camera and get reading for a one-of-a-kind photographic adventure! This session is designed to help students take better pictures and learn new “tricks of the trade”. Participants will spend time each morning photographing indoors and out. In the afternoons they will help edit their own and others’ work. A variety of basic and intermediate camera techniques will be introduced, as well as different methods of editing and manipulating images. Several field trips are part of this week, including the NC Zoo, Triangle Park, and downtown Greensboro to photograph all kinds of animals, architecture, and objects! At the end of the week, we’ll put on a Student Art Show to celebrate our successes! Participants must bring their own digital camera each day. We have some cameras to loan; please call for availability.

Goofing Off in Greensboro (This session is now full.  You may register to be on the waitlist.)

June 20-24

This week gives middle schoolers the opportunity to explore Greensboro and see what interesting places and activities there are to do here. Two days of the week, participants will get to select where to eat at local restaurants for lunch. We will go bowling, see an appropriately rated movie, and take time to explore some of the many beautiful parks that are right here in the Gate City. Bring your own ideas of fun things to do with all your Goofing Off friends!

Woodworking (This session is now full.  You may register to be on the waitlist.)

June 27-July 1

Building on our Carpentry week for younger kids, this week will give participants the opportunity to hone basic skills with hand tools, work on bigger projects using more complicated tools, and do finish work on their wood creations. Each student will choose a project from many different options and plans, including Adirondack chairs, bookshelves, benches, and desk shelving. If participants want to create and design their own project, we can help them make their idea reality.


July 5-8

Is the 5 second rule for food on the floor real? Does an eye patch help you see in the dark?  Can you eat pop rocks and drink Coke safely? Can paper be folded in half more than seven times? These are just some of the fascinating questions we will investigate and prove either to be true or busted!  Can you really outsmart thermal sensors or motion detectors?  Is yawning contagious?  Does toast always fall butter side down?  We need to know, and we want to experiment for ourselves, not just watch it on TV.  Don’t worry; no Middle Schoolers will be harmed in the conducting of these experiments.  We will have a great time making messes with different experiments, like how far you can drop a watermelon before it explodes! Sign up for this session if you want to have some real hands-on fun!  This is a 4 day week starting on Tuesday. We are closed Monday for the national holiday, 4th of July!

Wilderness Adventure

July 11-15

This course gives middle schoolers the chance to experience the great outdoors firsthand. We will have the chance to fish, swim at Hanging Rock Lake, and explore nature trails at local parks. Participants will learn how to set up tents, prepare meals on cook stoves and an open fire, use a GPS and compass, and build a safe campfire. We are also offering a one-night campout at South Mountains State Park. All camping equipment and food is supplied by the school. A detailed packing list will be sent home during the week. We will leave school Thursday morning, set up our campsite, hike to the top of the waterfall, then return to our campsite and cook dinner. We will stay overnight, cook breakfast, pack up, and return to school by 3:30pm on Friday.

Guitar (half day, 9-12)

July 18-22

This is a half-day class (9am-12pm) designed to help students develop a solid foundation of basic guitar skills. It is designed for students who are interested in learning how to play guitar and for students who want to build on their previous knowledge.  All you need to participate is the desire to learn how to play the guitar. Guitars are supplied for the week but you are welcome to bring your own instruments.  At the end of this week students will have learned a basic knowledge of the fingerboard, know simple chords, and have a foundation for reading music notation and applying that to the instrument. Mark Smith, one of our music teachers at NGFS, will be leading this session of our summer program. He has 20+ years of playing guitar and 10+ years of teaching guitar to all ages and skill levels.  

Make It Yourself!

July 18-22

This is a hands on week!  We will immerse participants in safely using all kinds of hand tools to create things ranging from dying artful fabrics to making things out of wood. We will make and decorate leather items, transfer designs onto wood, decorate coffee cups, etch designs into glass, make tiled mosaics and much more!  Breaking News - We now have a 3-D printer! Participants will explore 3-D modeling software and model printing.


July 25-29

Bring out your inner Julia, Emeril, or Betty Crocker as we spend a week in the kitchen learning how to prepare different meals and desserts. Learn how to cook tasty meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Participants will also learn how to create a smart shopping list, measure ingredients, design a menu using seasonal ingredients, and learn how frosting can cover up even the biggest mistake. We will learn how to be safe in the kitchen and not burn anything - especially ourselves! Field trips to a mill, creamery, and farmer’s market are scheduled Parents are invited to a luncheon feast prepared by our chefs on Friday.

Mountain Biking

July 25-29

The focus of NGFS mountain bike camp is safety and fun in an atmosphere that encourages self-reliance and physical challenge. Each day participants will be introduced to safe riding techniques, trail etiquette, and basic bike maintenance skills. Riding skills build throughout the week and include balance, breaking, cornering, picking lines and negotiating obstacles. The skills will be implemented through games and on daily trail rides in and around Greensboro. Trails ridden will be rated mainly beginner and intermediate with the possibility of more difficult trails later in the week. On Friday we will plan a longer day trip with the destination being determined based on camper input and skill level. Some possibilities include Danville VA, the Hanging Rock area or the Kerr Reservoir area. Campers should have some basic trail riding experience as well as a well fitted bike designed for trail use.

Goofing Off Again!

August 1-5

This 2nd session of Goofing Off gives participants another opportunity to do nothing but have fun. Some of this week will be planned from ideas brought by participants on Monday. Wednesday afternoon we will go to a Greensboro Grasshoppers game. Two days of the week, participants will get to select where to eat at local restaurants for lunch. We will go bowling and go see an appropriately rated movie. We will take time to explore some of the many beautiful parks that are right here in the Gate City. Bring your own ideas of fun things to do with all your Goofing Off friends!

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