What is Enrichment?
Enrichment is the essence of learning. It is the chance to dive deep, bridge across, explore beyond. It is the art of letting the student lead, of prioritizing interest and engagement while instilling key skills for success. It is intuitive, humanizing, and essential to development.
Beacon incorporates an array of enrichment opportunities into the school day to enhance students’ learning, keep their minds active, and foster life-long motivation. Enrichment is infused into each subject's curriculum and offered as ongoing opportunities to students outside of their core course of study, from customized clubs and electives to independent studies and master projects.
The Schoolwide Enrichment Model
The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM), pioneered by Dr. Joseph Renzulli of the Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development, is a research-based educational model designed to improve student achievement, motivation, and self-efficacy. By giving students consistent access to three levels of enrichment—exposure, skill development, and authentic inquiries—schools can foster enjoyment, engagement, and enthusiasm for learning.
At Beacon, our SEM inspiration is apparent across all of our programs. Students regularly encounter new ideas through a rich array of field trips, speakers, performances, and immersive experiences. Once an interest is piqued, students can develop supporting skills by selecting from a menu of clubs and electives, from woodworking, coding, music theory, and journalism to rocketry, robotics, studio art, and much more. Research, critical thinking, and "how-to-learn" strategies are reinforced throughout Beacon's curriculum. Students who are inspired to go further can tackle a master project, a long-term, student-guided investigation in which they engage with an authentic audience, in a field of interest, to make an impact on their world.