Something for Everyone
No two students are just alike. That’s why at ECS we seek to offer something for everyone. Whether you are interested in the arts, STEM, sports, cooking, leadership, service, or games, we offer experiences to appeal to all interests for pre-kindergarteners to 12th graders. When students are plugged in, they are happier. And the friendships created as students find their sweet spot is an added bonus!
- Upper School Enrichment Opportunities
- Middle School Enrichment Opportunities
- Lower School Enrichment Opportunities
Upper School Enrichment Opportunities
The goal of our Enrichment and Electives Program is to support and enhance the ECS mission and to support a resource-based, real-world, active learning curriculum. We provide leadership in and support of collaborative partnerships between students, teachers, parents, and the community. ECS students are exposed to a variety of activities beyond the classroom. Research has shown that it is in creative, service, and team activities that students encounter situations that challenge, excite, and inspire them. Education does not consist of academic endeavors alone; therefore, by providing extensive enrichment opportunities, ECS is able to encourage each student to extend his or her boundaries beyond the ordinary and discover his or her talents wherever they lie. It is by finding one’s place in a community that one is able to develop confidence and strength.
Model United Nations
Each fall, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee sponsors a Model United Nations conference. At the conference, Tennessee high school students learn about the real world operation of the United Nations by participating in a reenactment of the organization's activities.
Most students form delegations and represent member countries' interests in the General Assembly by drafting and debating resolutions. These resolutions cover a wide variety of topics of international concern. Other students have the opportunity to represent their countries on the Security Council, and to participate in a model International Court of Justice.
Youth in Government
The Tennessee YMCA Youth in Government Program is an annual conference designed to offer high school students a hands-on experience with state government. Each year, over 2500 students from across the state converge on the State Capitol, taking the places of our real government officials. Program participants can serve as senators or representatives, as justices and lawyers, as department commissioners and lobbyists, or even as press corps members.
Government Club is part of the Model UN and Youth in Government program. Students work specifically with the Middle School Model UN and YIG students to create proposals and write position papers. Members of the club also recruit members to the program and lead training sessions for all our middle school members. The president of the club will chair the Upper School training sessions for both conferences and instruct participants on correct debating procedure.
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The Engineering Club promotes engineering and STEM careers. They participate in E-Day at the University of Memphis. Meetings involve “instant challenges” and small projects that combine mathematic and scientific principles with creativity.
S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology)
This club introduces students to the robotics, drone and 3D printing technologies to enhance their curiosities within this field. The SWAT Club is planning on participation in local engineering events, having professional speakers on campus, and competing in a local robotics tournament.
CANstruction is a unique competition that showcases the excitement of the civil engineering field to high schoolers while helping feed the hungry. The competition is held at the University of Memphis. Students are required to design and construct giant sculptures made entirely out of canned goods. Each team is allowed to have five students building at one time, and they have three hours to complete their structure. Each team is paired with a professional civil engineer and civil engineering student to act as mentors. At the end of the competition, all of the food used in the structures is donated to the Mid-South Food Bank. To date, the "canstruction" event has donated 106,000 pounds of food to the Mid-South Food Bank.
The purpose of the Debate Club is to give our students the tools to be able to work through topics in a healthy and respectful way. Our goal is to give our students the tools to be able to work through topics in a healthy and respectful way. In debate club, we will look at how you form and respond to an argument, how to support an argument using evidence and facts, and how to divorce personal belief and emotions from a topic. We will do this by practicing and staging debates both on the pro and con side of arguments. My goal is to give our students the tools to respectfully state their opinions and discuss them with other students.
Key Club is a service organization that encourages and tracks student service hours both on and off the campus of ECS. Some of the service opportunities include assisting teachers during in-service, serving in a Special Olympics bowling league, showing teachers appreciation through treats and encouraging notes, and more.
Street Smart is a one-on-one literacy training program for 2nd and 3rd graders from Kingsbury Elementary that have been identified by their teachers as reading below grade level. Each Friday we take a caravan of carpools to Streets Ministries at 1302 N. Graham at 3 p.m. and pair up with our students to work on their skills for the week. The students at Kingsbury are being equipped for success in school and life as a result of the work ECS students and others do each week.
The Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation honors the legacy of its founders, Kemmons and Dorothy Wilson, and builds on their commitment to transform the Greater Memphis community through grant-making and programs driven by faith and family leadership. They manage a program they created called The Wilson Society to inspire students to servant leadership and service in their sphere of influence.
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). It is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with IDD. For individuals within this community, Best Buddies helps them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communications skills, and feel valued by society. The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.
The aim of the Best Buddies Chapter at ECS is to spark new friendships and generate genuine happiness among students with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout our community. The chapter presidents (CPs) organize, lead and maintains our Best Buddies chapter and ensure that the members fulfill the mission of Best Buddies for one academic year.
Faces & Our Cultures Program
The Faces & Our Cultures Program is a Cultural Exchange Program between Guatemala and the USA. Young Guatemalan Cultural Ambassadors, between the ages of 11 and 17, travel to the USA to share and learn from the American Culture. They bring Cultural Projects to share with their community in order to promote Bilateral Cultural Enrichment.
Faces & Our Cultures offers an enriching experience through the exchange of cultures within an educational and family environment. It provides tools for learning and achieving human and cultural development. The Guatemalan participants must create a profile and be selected and screened, in order to represent their country as Young Cultural Ambassadors.
Professional Speaker Series
During the first week of January, we invite select professionals to present their career to the junior and senior classes. The purpose is to expose students to different careers and enable them to appreciate the vast amount of choices they will have once they leave school and head to college. Our belief is that God has provided each student with a variety of gifts and abilities. Through the opportunities provided by ECS, students can now discover their gifts and pursue courses and careers to develop those gifts.
The Shadowing Program is there to assist ECS students in finding certain occupational field(s) of interest they may want to pursue. Shadow Partners are ECS parents, alumni and board members that can give a half, or full day, at their work location to host one to two ECS students who have done due diligence by researching and determining an interest in a particular profession. The goal is to involve as many parents as possible to participate as Shadow Partners so that they have a glimpse of the teachers, doctors, mechanics, lawyers, pilots, veterinarians, and architects, etc. that they will become in the not-so-distant future.
In preparation for the student’s Shadowing Visit, we want to make sure they are completely prepared and equipped to make the most of both the Shadow Partner’s and the student’s time and efforts of the visit. The student will determine what area of interest he/she wants to pursue and then attend one of our business etiquette classes at school so they are well prepared for the Shadowing Visit. Afterwards, the student contacts Michelle Brown and she will coordinate the Shadowing Visit with an appropriate Shadow Partner on a mutually agreed upon time. The student will arrive at the Shadow Partner’s work location with a few questions/goals he/she wants to achieve during the Shadowing Visit. A certificate will be given once all follow-up tasks have been completed.
Knowledge Bowl is the upper school’s academic team which competes in tournaments with other schools in the Mid-South, both in weekend tournaments and the Channel 3 Knowledge Bowl TV Tournament.
The team consists of up to 10 members, with the top 5 (as chosen from tryouts and practice sessions) competing in the TV tournament. All 10 can compete in the weekend tournaments, of which there are usually 2 or 3 per semester.
Knowledge Bowl is a great opportunity for top students, who have a broad range of knowledge in current events as well, to compete against the top students from other schools, private and public.
World Peace Game
The World Peace Game, created by John Hunter, is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. As their teams venture further into this interactive social setting laced with highly charged philosophical issues, the skills needed to identify ambiguity and bias in the information they receive will be enhanced. More specifically they will rapidly perceive that reactive behavior not only provokes antagonism, it can leave them alone and isolated in the face of powerful enemies. Beliefs and values will evolve or completely unravel as they begin to experience the positive impact and windows of opportunity that emerge through effective collaboration and refined communication.
Middle School Enrichment Opportunities
Students explore more in-depth art projects and get guidance as they work on pieces to enter into contests. Students must commit to working on these projects outside of school to finish the work.
Band will meet twice a week for 6th and 7th graders who would like to play an instrument.
100 Days to Brave by Annie Downs concentrates on helping us become confident about our strengths, and courageous in dealing with our lives.
Bible Study offers a fun time of learning and fellowship with peers in the Upper School. Middle School students are given the opportunity to get advice from older students who have struggled with similar issues.
Team members learn to form and respond to an argument, how to support an argument using evidence and facts, and how to divorce personal belief and emotions from a topic.
Eagle’s Eye Newspaper
Students will write articles, conduct interviews and take pictures for a quarterly newspaper. We will begin with a old-fashioned paper version and then progress to digital media.
Grace Note is an auditioned a cappella ensemble that performs not only for campus events but also in regional a cappella competitions.
Fit and Fly
Start your day strong by waking up your mind and body in this blood pumping, core building class.
For the Win!
For The Win! is for people who love board and card games of any kind! Chess, Catan, Monopoly, Risk, and more. Weekly prizes and quarterly tournaments inspire maximum competition.
Engineering and imagination combined! Students use the same Lego pieces they used as kids (this time with engines) and program vehicles to accomplish a set of tasks on a 4 x 8 foot game board!
Middle School Jam Session
Students who play an instrument (any instrument!) share their skills and work together with other musicians to create a cohesive sound.
World Peace Game
WPG is a hands-on, political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war.
Yearbook Club will meet and learn some basics of making a yearbook. Most of our focus will be on taking and collecting photos of MS activities for the yearbook.
Note: Some offerings are unavailable at this time due to COVID-19 regulations.
Lower School Enrichment Opportunities
The ECS Middle School Lego League earned first place in the Project Division at the West Tennessee Lego League Championships.