Anser Electives program is for 6th-8th graders. Instead of having an elective during one period of the day all year like they might in a traditional school, students have the entire afternoon on Thursdays to explore a wide range of interests. The Electives program is dedicated to service learning, exploring new ideas, nurturing creativity, building confidence, connecting to and through our community and cultivating stewardship of our natural world. The program builds a foundation for confident creative thinkers. Students have the opportunity to participate in sessions based in STEM Education, Visual Arts, Athletics, Adventure, Performing Arts, Service and Community.
Why We Do It!
Connecting and learning through our Boise community provides students with many opportunities for growth. In Electives students are given the opportunity to directly connect with local organizations in many capacities. They learn about the roles, responsibilities and efforts of community members as well as their own. The involvement of parents gives opportunities to share interest and talents through volunteering and to participate in the learning experience of their child. Opportunities for service learning empowers students and parents.
Parental involvement is critical to the success of Anser’s Electives program. Module coordinators, volunteers and drivers are needed each week to facilitate our student’s exploration of activities. Electives is a great way for parents to get involved with the school, meet other Anser parents and get to know their children’s friends.
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines-science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. According to livescience.com the United States has historically been the leader in these fields, however fewer students have been focusing on these topics recently. Anser is dedicated to being a leader in education, so we are providing STEM education opportunities for all grades K-8.
Providing experiences and formal instruction in the disciplines of visual arts, dance, music and theatre is integral to development. Sensory, attentional, cognitive, emotional, and motor capacities are all systems that are nourished by the arts. It promotes self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, creativity, and improved emotional expression, as well as social harmony and appreciation of diversity. We are working hard to create a unique program that works towards building a foundation in students for success.
Anser’s PE teacher offers an athletics based module during each session of Electives. During these modules students have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of life time fitness activities that help build confidence, engage students in vigorous activity, introduce new hobbies or pursuits and challenge themselves to move outside of their comfort zone.
Anser draws upon the rich resources of the Treasure Valley to partner with local non-profits, musicians, artists, theater troupes, naturalists, scientists and more to develop richly engaging learning opportunities for students. Led by community members or parents willing to share their talents these modules allow students to explore many offerings and opportunities for service they would never experience in a traditional school setting.