The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) is a research-based educational philosophy from the University of Connecticut.
Ascent Academies of Utah (AAU) network of schools combines the Schoolwide Enrichment Model’s (SEM) research-based strategies and instructional methods aligned to the Utah Core Standards to provide students throughout the network with engaging learning opportunities; this network of schools was explicitly designed to:
It is the unique combination of SEM and active professional learning communities that sets AAU apart from other schools. SEM recognizes the need for high academic standards, equity in education, and strategies and content that promote learning for all students.
AAU’s academic program is grounded in the following elements:
Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM)
The Schoolwide Enrichment Model is described by Dr. Renzulli, its founder, as a detailed blueprint for total school improvement that allows each school the flexibility to develop its unique programs based on local resources, student demographics, and school dynamics as well as faculty strengths and creativity. Although this research-based model is founded on highly successful practices that originated in special programs for the gifted and talented students, its goal is to promote both challenging and enjoyable high-end learning across a wide range of school types, levels, and demographic differences.