Palm Springs Middle has a variety of Choice Programs including Communication Arts, Dance, International Spanish Academy, Music (Band, Orchestral Strings, and Vocal), Theatre and Visual Arts.
The Communication Arts curriculum includes creative writing, journalism, newspaper and yearbook publications, radio and television broadcast, video production, marketing/advertising/public relations, digital media, and speech and debate.
The dance program is designed to develop technically proficient dancers who are versatile, thoughtful, and inquisitive. Students will have the opportunity to study and gain competitive skills in the fine arts field of dance. Students will develop fundamental skills and technique in ballet, a variety of modern and jazz styles, and cultural dances while exploring movement terminology, musicality, choreographic concepts and dance theory.
International Spanish Academy
International Spanish Academies (ISA) are Dual Language programs that have signed a collaborative agreement with the Ministry of Education of Spain. This K-12 educational program is carried out within the framework f cooperative activities organized by the Office of Education of Spain in the U.S. and each participating district. The language, history, and culture of Spanish-speaking countries are a major focus of the curriculum.
Music - Band
The Band program centers on building a solid foundation of musical knowledge. Connections with history, culture, technology, and art are reinforced with a varied curriculum to develop fundamental musicianship, technical skills, and aesthetic awareness, all while developing a well-rounded student, a lifelong music lover, consumer and participant.
Music - Orchestral Strings
The Orchestral Strings program is a unique program providing an instrumental music education designed specifically for dedicated young orchestral musicians.
Music - Vocal
This program provides a music education designed for young vocalists. Students will learn about proper vocal technique and performing in a choir through topics such as ear training (sight singing), diction, proper breath support, music history, music theory, expression, and performance musicianship and etiquette. Students will be taught with a classical style approach, and will also have the opportunity to learn about and be exposed to many styles of music.
The program is designed to give students a well-rounded understanding of professional theatre roles, from acting to theatrical design to playwriting to directing and stage management.
The program encourages students to create imaginative visual expressions, develop an artistic voice, and take creative risks. Students learn technical and problem solving skills while exploring a wide array of media.