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The Schoolwide Enrichment Model: Enhancing Educational Experiences at Ascent Academies of Utah

by Ascent Blog

Posted on April 15, 2024


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The Schoolwide Enrichment Model: Enhancing Educational Experiences at Ascent Academies of Utah


Parents! Are you looking for a tuition-free public charter school that offers more than just the basics? Look no further than Ascent Academies of Utah (AAU). At Ascent Academies of Utah, we believe every child is unique and deserves an education tailored to their individual strengths and interests. That's why we've adopted the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM), a research-based approach that enhances educational experiences and fosters a love for learning.


What exactly is SEM?

It's an educational philosophy that goes beyond traditional classroom learning. At Ascent Academies of Utah, students participate in Type I enrichment activities like speakers and presentations, as well as Type II project-based activities that enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These activities are part of our Enrichment Clusters, where students with common interests come together to create something amazing.


But SEM is more than just activities. It's about understanding how your child learns best. That's why each student at Ascent Academies of Utah takes a learning profile survey, which helps identify their learning style, expression preference, and areas of interest. This information is used to guide their selection of enrichment clusters and SEM expression projects, ensuring a personalized education that meets their unique needs.


Commitment to Student Success

At Ascent Academies, we're committed to providing a supportive environment where every child can thrive. Our small class sizes and dedicated faculty ensure that each student receives the attention and support they need to succeed. With SEM, we ignite genuine interest and enthusiasm for learning in our students that sets them up for success in the 21st century.


In addition to SEM, Ascent Academies offers a wide range of enrichment opportunities for students. From field trips to role-playing activities, students have the chance to explore their interests and develop new skills. Our history and geography lessons align with Utah Core Standards and often include hands-on learning experiences that bring the curriculum to life. Students in 4th and 7th grades even participate in specialized programs like Utah Studies, which deepen their understanding of our state's history and culture.


Math is another area where Ascent Academies of Utah excels. Our teachers use the Eureka Math program, which is designed to meet the Utah Core Mathematics Standards. This program provides students with a strong foundation in math and helps them develop critical thinking skills. Additionally, students have access to online math programs that allow them to work at their own pace and acquire new skills.


Science education at Ascent Academies of Utah is hands-on and engaging. Students participate in science lessons aligned with Utah's core curriculum and have access to resources like Science A-Z and Mystery Science. These programs allow teachers to create rich and powerful science lessons that cater to students' individual needs.


Beyond Academics

At Ascent Academies, we understand that education is not just about academics; it's also about character development. Our patriotic, civic, and character education programs instill values such as responsibility, respect, and integrity in our students. These programs are designed to cultivate informed and responsible citizens who are prepared to contribute positively to society. By focusing on both academic excellence and character development, we ensure that our students are well-rounded individuals ready to face the challenges of the future.


In Conclusion

The Schoolwide Enrichment Model at Ascent Academies of Utah is more than just an educational philosophy. It's a commitment to providing students with a well-rounded tuition-free education that prepares them for success in the 21st century. With SEM, students have the opportunity to explore their interests, develop their talents, and unlock their full potential.

Experience the difference at Ascent Academies of Utah. Watch our video to learn more about SEM and why parents and students alike choose Ascent as their school.


Join us on this journey of discovery and watch your child reach their full potential. Feel free to contact our office to schedule a campus tour at one of our five award-winning campuses!






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