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Enrichment & the Environment (E2)

    Laurel Mountain Elementary is one of the top performing public schools in the state of Texas, and our approach to learning is bold, innovative, and uniquely tailored to the strengths and interests of each individual student.

    The cornerstone of learning for students at LME is the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM), which provides enriched learning experiences and higher learning standards for all children through three goals:

    • developing talents in all children;
    • providing a broad range of advanced level enrichment experiences for all students; and,
    • providing advanced follow-up opportunities for young people based on their strengths and interests.

    (reference Uconn.edu)

    Our children thrive in this environment, achievement levels grow, motivation increases and, self-confidence is enhanced.

    In addition to shaping informed global citizens, we focus on personal growth and health, and the cultivation of an authentic personal connection to the world beneath our feet, and the air and water we all share.

    Laurel Mountain Elementary’s unique geographic location along the edge of a 30,000 acre federally protected wildspace offers an unparalleled opportunity to support connections through deep, interdisciplinary learning experiences.

    Outdoor learning for LME students is not just a short walk through a tree-lined park. Instead, using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, teachers design daily learning experiences that integrate student strengths and interests with our outdoor learning spaces. Our edible garden, pollinator-garden, reading-garden, and our 4-acre student designed and developed wildspace we refer to as “The Preserve” provide space for learning in natural-settings from a variety of perspectives that range from hands-on, “heavy-lifting and sweat” to quiet, independent, and introspective observation and reflection.

    These experiences provide our students with a heritage relationship with Laurel Mountain, and a sense of place that is simply not available through traditional brick-and-mortar learning.

    We believe strongly in the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, and are proud to see that as nature-experience programming has played a larger role in student-learning at LME, an overwhelming amount of research has built on our shared vision for Laurel Mountain Elementary as a school for talent development, joyful learning, and creative innovation where everyone teaches, learns, contributes, and makes decisions.

    Laurel Mountain engages, inspires, and excites children about their lives, the legacy they will leave behind and the role they’ll play as leaders in a more informed, better tomorrow.

    Cultivating Wonder – Creating Legacy….This is what sets Laurel Mountain apart.

    Coordinator for Enrichment and the Environment

    The 2017-2018 school year brings a new position to Laurel Mountain Elementary, the Coordinator for Enrichment and the Environment” (“E2”) and the coordinator’s blog will be home to a wealth of knowledge regarding the practical application and philosophical alignment of our successful experience of SEM and student-experiences outdoors.

    Contact our Coordinator for Enrichment and the Environment Coordinator: Trevor Hance, 512-464-4345, Blog

    Enrichment Clusters

    Enrichment Clusters provide our students the opportunity to pursue an interest in a small group setting on Friday mornings.

    4th and 5th grade:

    • Clusters from October 6 – December 1, 2017
    • Enrichment Cluster Showcase on December 8, 2017
    • 4th and 5th grade Enrichment Cluster Descriptions (coming soon)

    2nd and 3rd grade:

    • Enrichment Clusters from January 12 – March 2, 2018
    • Enrichment Cluster Showcase on March 9, 2018
    • 2nd and 3rd grade Enrichment Cluster Descriptions  (coming in January)

    Kindergarten and 1st grade:

    • Enrichment Clusters from March 23 – May 4, 2018
    • Kinder & 1st Grade Cluster Descriptions (coming in March)
    • Kinder and 1st grade does not have a showcase. Instead parents are welcome to attend an Enrichment Cluster tour. Tour information will be available in March.