Rectory School

An Independent, Coed, Junior Boarding (5-9) and Day School (Early Childhood-9)

Elective Offerings

Rectory's middle school students are encouraged to explore their interests and passions, or to try something new, through our dynamic elective program. This program gives students an exploratory experience in a variety of disciplines. Middle school students are required to participate in either an elective or a performing art each trimester.

Typical Elective Choices

Following are samples of electives that are offered at Rectory.

  • Brain-Based Strategies for Learning & Living
  • "Change Your Words, Change Your Mindset"
  • Chess
  • Community Service
  • Competition and Composure
  • Creative Expression
  • Current Events
  • Debate
  • Experimental Mark-Making
  • Fantasy Politics
  • For the Love of Chocolate
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Math
  • Memory Project
  • Model Plane Building
  • Mosaics
  • Mountain Biking
  • Murals
  • Mystery Fiction
  • Mysteries at the Museum
  • Myths Legend Around the World
  • Needlepoint
  • Newspaper: The DiRectory
  • Orchestra
  • The Race to Save and Preserve
  • Robotics
  • Sign Language
  • Snackage
  • Songwriting
  • Spring Musical 2020: Lion King
  • Sports Medicine
  • Step Outside: Observe, Help, and Learn
  • TED Talk
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook Committee
  • Yoga


Rectory middle school students playing chess during fall electives.


Fantasy Politics

Students in the Fantasy Politics elective learn about what is happening in the world around them.


Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking focuses on bike and trail maintenance as well as learning how to ride.



Students in the Newspaper elective research and write stories for the DiRectory, Rectory's online student newspaper.



Students in the robotics elective learn coding and robot building and design.


Sign Language

Students learn introductory communication skills in the sign language elective 



Students learn different elements of a song in order to write their own song.


Watercolor Painting

Students experiment with watercolor paints inside and outside the classroom.



Members of the Yearbook elective work together to design the annual yearbook.