Hunterdon Preparatory School

11 Spencer Lane ♦ Annandale, NJ 08801 ♦ 908.832.7200

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electives

Hunterdon Prep students can choose from a wide variety of special interest and physical education electives designed to allow them to cultivate and explore their talents and abilities. Our students experience growth in confidence and self-esteem through both traditional and unique course offerings.


special interest electives

ART STUDIO

MUSIC LAB

CRAFTS

PERFORMING ARTS

LIFE SKILLS

MINECRAFT

BOOK CLUB

FILM STUDIES

STRATEGY & COMPETITION

CREATIVE WRITING

CERAMICS

VOCAL LAB

ART STUDIO

Every human has the ability to be creative; it's just a matter of finding the medium or inspiration. Trying new things helps our students find their artistic voices.

The art room is where magic happens and mistakes turn into happy accidents in the blink of an eye. Whether it's the creation of "senior selfies", wooden block face sculptures, or hand-printed quilt blocks, it's one place where happiness resides at HPS.

VOCAL LAB

Vocal Lab adds another component to our musical repertoire. This class works with students interested in broadening their musical experience through vocal training. Students in the class support each other as they explore and develop their capabilities. This elective has inspired a regularly scheduled "Vocal Showcase" where our vocalists can share their talents with other community members. 

CRAFTS

Crafts class gives students an opportunity to creatively express themselves through short-term craft projects. Some of the projects include: decoupage candle holders, bracelets, weaving, and fuse bead magnets. Students are also introduced to hand and machine sewing.

CERAMICS

Hand building, slab rolling, and wheel throwing keep our students busy with clay throughout the year. Unloading a recently fired kiln can be the highlight of the week when the colorfully glazed pots, mug, and plates make their debut.

FILM STUDIES

In this elective, a variety of genres of films are examined, looking at different patterns, character development, symbolism, and themes. Students watch films, record observations and discuss primary roles, supporting roles, and the their findings in a collaborative environment.

MINECRAFT

Minecraft is an elective for students who enjoy technological challenges. The class collectively builds structures out of textured cubes where they may experience multiple game play modes such as creative mode, adventure mode and survival mode. Players must acquire resources to build and maintain a healthy world. Minecraft helps build students analytic and coding skills.

MUSIC LAB

Music Lab provides students with instruction on drums, bass and guitar. Students are introduced to a broad range of musical styles including classical music, rock, folk, blues, country western, bluegrass and jazz. Music Lab students are invited to explore solo and ensemble performances and digital multi-track recording. Music Lab introduces students to the idea that playing a musical instrument can be a rewarding, lifelong leisure activity or vocation.

"Music gives us a language that cuts across the disciplines, helps us to see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world."

- Ernest Boyer, President, Carnegie Foundation

LIFE SKILLS

This popular elective teaches students how to plan and shop for a variety of simple and economic recipes. Students learn how to safely use cooking tools and implements, convert measurements, and meet sanitary guidelines. Students are also taught formal and informal table settings and dining etiquette. Instruction is given in the use of washing machines, dryers and ironing.

PERFORMING ARTS

This elective gives students the chance to express themselves through live and recorded performances such as plays and movies. Students can participate by being actors, singers, costume/set designers, and video editors. Each year the students perform a live production of a classic Winter Holiday play for the student body, staff and invited guests.

BOOK CLUB

Book Club is an elective that meets in the HPS library. Students who choose Book Club as an elective are usually our avid readers. These students have a quiet and comfortable environment to enjoy the written word and to share this life-long hobby with like-minded peers.

CREATIVE WRITING

Creative Writing is an elective for those students who wish to expand their writing ability beyond traditional English classes. Students produce work in an array of different genres which are then shared with their classmates for supported and constructive review. An off-shoot of Creative Writing class is the increasingly popular "Poetry Cafe", a venue for all HPS students to present both original and professional poetry for appreciation and encouragement.

STRATEGY & COMPETITION

Strategy and Competition offers a variety of games and interactive activities for students to engage in. Students practice working as a team, communicate effectively and develop leadership skills.

physical education electives

Through a variety of physical education options Hunterdon Prep students learn the importance of a lifelong commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and proper nutrition. Physical education classes focus both on the individual’s development and the development of the interrelationships found on teams. Many of our students struggle with regular education physical education classes. Our physical education classes are designed around what our students like to do and what they see themselves as being successful at. Physical Education/Health electives meet twice a week for 80 minutes. Health classes take place during the second and third marking periods.
 

BOWLING

YOGA

OUTDOOR EDUCATION

RECESS GAMES

FISHING

 

POWER WALKING

WEIGHTS

COUCH TO 5K

BOWLING ...

A student and staff favorite, this elective travels to a local bowling alley where students learn the fundamentals of this popular leisure-time activity. Bowlers must adhere to school and bowling alley rules while they work towards improving their bowling skills and practice good sportsmanship.

YOGA ...

Yoga focuses on teaching one how to relax and gain insight into their own well-being. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of Yoga and develop their own personal goals for improvement. Instructors teach poses through visual cards, videos and modeling.

OUTDOOR EDUCATION ...

Outdoor Education includes hiking and the exploration of nature as the hallmarks of this elective, taking advantage of our proximity to Round Valley Reservoir, the Columbia Trail, and the parks and paths of the Hunterdon County Parks Department.

WEIGHTS ...

Students interested in personal fitness are taught how machine or weight training exercise works, how each exercise corresponds to a specific group of muscles, and how much weight training is directly impacted by diet, nutrition, and rest. Students in this elective use the gym at our local YMCA.

RECESS GAMES ...

Bocce, Capture the Flag, Kickball, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Four Square, Wiffleball, Hackey Sack, and Monarchs and Anarchists are some of the outdoor games enjoyed by students who choose this elective. At the beginning of every class, students stretch their muscles with a one mile walk.

FISHING ...

Another popular elective, students learn the basics of freshwater fishing including how to bait, cast, handle and release fish. Students travel to a nearby stocked pond to hone their fishing skills in the hopes of "catching the big one"!

COUCH TO 5K ...

This elective takes students  for a 5K run and focuses on proper warmup and cool down, appropriate stretching, breathing and running strategies, and culminates in a 5K run held at the end of the marking period. 

POWERWALKING ...

Powerwalking is an elective designed to meet physical education requirements in a non-competitive and low impact manner. Students are challenged to increase their walking speed, accept and understand the need for stretching prior to beginning to walk and to consider walking as a method to inspire regular and consistent exercise as they move towards adulthood.

Upcoming Events
JUL 5
Summer Discovery (ESY) begins
July 5, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
JUL 10
Art theme week - Sculpture
July 10, 2017 10:00 AM - July 14, 2017 2:00 PM
JUL 14
Hiking at Point Mountain
July 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
JUL 17
Art theme week - Ceramics
July 17, 2017 10:00 AM - July 21, 2017 2:00 PM
JUL 24
Art theme week - Ceramics
July 24, 2017 10:00 AM - July 28, 2017 2:00 PM
JUL 28
BBQ lunch
July 28, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
AUG 1
Lily Yip Table Tennis Center
August 1, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
AUG 4
Swiming - Riegel Ridge
August 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
908.832.7200 ♦ Fax: 908.832.9772 ♦ 11 Spencer Lane ♦ Annandale, NJ 08801
csmith@hunterdonprep.org

HUNTERDON PREPARATORY SCHOOL IS A, not-for-profit, day school serving students between the ages of 12 and 21
 from over 40 school districts in New Jersey. We are located near the town of Clinton in west central NJ.