Lower School


A key component of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, enrichment clusters bring students together in interest groups across grade levels. After the Enrichment Cluster Fair, students in first and second grades and third, fourth, and fifth grades rate their favorite topics of study and are sorted into small groups. Topics range from set design and eating well to jewelry-making and coding. Each Wednesday for seven weeks in the fall, the first and second grade groups meet to explore their areas of study, learn from experts in the field and chart their own in-depth learning. In the spring, these students select a different cluster topic and enjoy another seven weeks of exploration. Third through fifth grade groups explore one topic for sixteen weeks, and present their discoveries in an Enrichment Cluster Expo in the spring. Parents, teachers, and experts from the community who contributed to the clusters' efforts are invited to attend. 

Examples of Enrichment Cluster Activities

The Not So Fast, Food cluster recommended changes to the school’s Lagniappe Lunch menu because the members think it is important for students at ESA to have healthy and environmentally friendly lunches. They researched eight restaurants who use environmentally friendly packaging, and chose three menu options for each restaurant. They proposed the healthier lunch menu to the owner of Lagniappe Lunch. They also hope to reduce the amount of food waste and trash at lunch time, and they tested reusable lunch box options and offered suggestions to those who pack lunches. 
The Tinker Lab cluster created and exhibited assemblage art made from re-purposed found objects that would otherwise end up in a landfill, and organized and co-hosted a Fix it Café at the Lower School.
The Improv cluster gave multiple performances, two on the Lafayete Campus and two at Cite des Arts. The group members researched possible venues and pricing, and also worked with students who are interested in improv to teach them games during snack recess or after school. 
The Coding cluster worked on creating a video game or coding game to share with other students. The group members narrowed down game platform choices by exploring various coding and game creator options.
The Set Design cluster designed and created the sets for the school's spring musical, Aladdin Jr. The group constructed the palace, the market place, the dungeon, Jasmine's balcony, and the Cave of Wonders.

Investigative Teams

PK and Kindergarten students are introduced to the concept of Enrichment Clusters through Investigative Teams. Students choose topics such as worms or robotics that they'd like to learn more about, pose questions, and conduct research and experiments to find information.

Through both Enrichment Clusters and Investigative Teams, learning is driven by the students' curiosity, and some of the explorations continue well after the cluster or team sessions have ended. 

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