Reading (NOT an elective but this class replaces an elective choice if kid is placed in the program)
Dyslexia therapy (same as above)
Migrant (same as above)
6th grade get ONE choice (other “elective” is pe)
7th and 8th grade get one choice MAYBE two if they’re not placed in remedial classes.
The big drawback is we’re offering classes that qualify as HS credit so parents are forcing their children to get out of band after 6th grade so they can “get ahead.” Also, our talented musicians end up wanting to tour the music programs so we have kids join band one year, then guitar the next, and finally mariachi after that...
Our counselors have openly admitted that they’re forced to place kids into HS credit classes as a priority and when I tell them to help recruit for our program we end up with students who did NOT sign up for band and make it known by causing behavior problems.
It’s certainly disheartening and has me looking elsewhere.