Schedule Design

School Year Overview

Bayfield Middle School has semester-long classes and electives as well as 7-week exploratory blocks for sixth graders.

Core Academic Classes

All students take four core academic classes -English / Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science. Each course is a year-long course divided into two semesters. Each semester grade is comprised of two quarter grades, each composing 50% of the semester grade.

Elective Classes

Students will choose elective classes each year. There are year-long, semester based electives. Sixth graders will take one elective class in addition to their Exploratory block. Seventh and eighth graders will take two electives in addition to their Exploratory requirement.


Year-long Electives Semester Electives
  • Beginner Band
  • Advanced Band
  • Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • Advanced Spanish
  • AR Reading
  • Advanced Art
  • Advanced STEM
  • Digital Media
  • Drama
  • Foods
  • Journalism
  • Junior Police Academy
  • Outdoor Education
  • Team Sports
  • Woods
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga Mindfulness


Exploratory Blocks

Students in each grade level will go through a rotation of exploratory classes. Seventh and eighth graders have an exploratory requirement, but the requirement is spread out over two years. Each student must take a course in each of the following areas.

  • Art
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Physical Education, includes heath
  • Spanish

For sixth graders, Exploratory blocks are seven weeks long, and they are introduced to all topics in one year. All students will take art, career and technical education (CTE), physical education, Spanish language, and a computer literacy course.