The Schoolwide Enrichment Model

August 17, 2017

Contact Information

Julian Gomez
(805) 378-6301

Schoolwide Enrichment    
Magnet School Theme: SEM

The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM)

Campus Canyon College Preparatory Academy offers each student an opportunity to find and develop his or her unique profile of gifts and talents. Based on the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM), developed by Drs. Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis at the University of Connecticut, the major goal of our school is to provide challenging, in-depth, enjoyable learning experiences to all students. This collaborative school culture focuses on the development of talents in all students and provides a wide range of advanced level enrichment activities. The ways in which students respond to these enrichment experiences are used as stepping stones for follow up advanced learning and in-depth projects and investigations.


E1: Experiences and activities that are purposefully designed to expose students to a wide variety of disciplines (field of study), visual and performing arts, topics, issues, occupations, hobbies, persons, places, and events that are not ordinarily covered in the regular curriculum.

In schools - that use this model, an enrichment team consisting of parents, teachers, and students often organizes and plans E1 experiences by contacting speakers, arranging minicourses, demonstrations, or performances, or by ordering and distributing films, slides, videotapes, or other print or non-print media.

E2: Instructional methods and materials that are purposefully designed to promote the development of critical thinking and feeling processes.  Some E2 training is general, and is usually carried out both in classrooms and in enrichment programs.

Training activities include the development of. (1) creative thinking and problem solving, critical thinking, and affective processes; (2) a wide variety of specific learning how-to-learn skills; (3) skills in the appropriate use of advanced-level reference materials; and (4) written, oral, and visual communication skills. Other E2 enrichment is specific, as it cannot be planned in advance and usually involves advanced methodological instruction in an interest area selected by the student. For example, students who become interested in botany after an E1 experience might pursue additional training in this area by doing advanced reading in botany; compiling, planning and carrying out plant experiments; and seeking more advanced methods training if they want to go further.

E3: Investigation activities and artistic productions in which the learner assumes the role of a first-hand inquirer; then the student is thinking, feeling, and acting like a practicing professional. E3 enrichment involves students who become interested in pursuing a self-selected area and are willing to commit the time necessary for advanced content acquisition and process training in which they assume the role of a first-hand inquirer.
The goals of  enrichment include:

  • providing opportunities for applying interests, knowledge, creative ideas and task commitment to a self-selected problem or area of study,
  • acquiring advanced level understanding of the knowledge (content) and methodology (process) that are used within particular disciplines, artistic areas of expression and interdisciplinary studies,
  • developing authentic products that are primarily directed toward bringing about a desired impact upon a specified audience,
  • developing self-directed learning skills in the areas of planning, organization, resource utilization, time management, decision making and self-evaluation,
  • developing task commitment, self-confidence, and feelings of creative accomplishment.


UCONN Confratute

Over the last four years Campus Canyon has sent over 15 teachers to the University of Connecticut to participate in the National Confratute Conference. Here educators from all over the world come to advance their knowledge of enrichment based learning, including the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Each year our teachers return with countless strategies and skills that they share amongst their fellow collegues as well as directly with our students.



E3 Enrichment Cluster Program

Enrichment clusters allow groups of students who share a common interest to come together each week during specially designated time blocks to produce a product, performance, or targeted service based on that common interest.

E3 Enrichment Clusters are coming soon!

Friday mornings from 8:40 - 9:30am

Session 1: October 7th 

2nd - 8th Grade:  Please click HERE to fill out your form for E3 session 1.

Session 2: February 10 - March 17

Please click HERE 
to fill out your form for E3 session 2.

Session 3:

Please click HERE to fill out your form for E3 session 3.




Previous E3 Classes

E3 Enrichment Clusters in ACTION
E3 "Tasty Literature"
"Be a Jet Setter" World Traveling

Enrichment ROCKS!!

Gifted & Talented Universal Themes

Universal Themes

Below is a list of Universal Themes that each grade level will be working on for the next school year. By studying U.T. children will be looking at the world and the ways things are connected. This means demanding more sophisticated thinking of your children. Teachers and students will be looking at the core standards and find ways to dig deeper to gain greater depth using their critical thinking skills.


C3PA Universal Themes

Alternative K: Explorations

Kindergarten: Patterns

1st Grade: Relationships

2nd Grade: Relationships, Cycles, Change

3rd Grade: Order, Adaptations, Structures

4th Grade: Explorations, Interactions, Change

5th Grade: Power/Conflict, Origins, Systems

6th Grade: Power

7th Grade: Influences

8th Grade: Power


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