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Enrichment & Electives


ECS believes that opportunities for enrichment should be created throughout the curriculum, as well as beyond lesson time – both in school and outside it. An important feature of enrichment is that it must enhance the curriculum and the student’s general learning experience.


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.

Learning Experiences

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.


ECS Academic Vision


Western Europe Trip

Dear Parents and Students,

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. Given the speed of spread and the number of countries experiencing community transmission, we feel it is in the best interest of our students to cancel the Western Europe trip this summer.

We understand this is disappointing news to all. However, out of an abundance of caution and safety for our students and community and in an effort to contain the spread of the virus, all school-related travel has been suspended. 

We are working with Joshua Expeditions to get refunds. This may take a while due to the number of cancellations they are processing at this time.

Going forward, we plan to go to Western Europe next summer!

Thank you for your continued partnership and support as we all work through this evolving situation.

For His Glory,

Jenny Shorten
Academic Dean and Assistant to Head of School


ECS Student Life

2019 - 2020

Enrichment Clubs and Activities

Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy Thompson

Leadership program for ECS Club officers. The mission is to IMPACT THROUGH ACTION in our local community by service and relationship building.

Government Club Shorten (Model UN and YIG)

Model United Nations is the team for the Government club that meets in the fall. Youth in Government is the team that meets in the spring. Both teams prepare for conferences that take place in the Nashville area.

Knowledge Bowl Arnwine

ECS Teams compete in Memphis area trivia matches.

Mock Trial Salazar

Teams compete and act out a simulated civil or criminal trial by arguing either the prosecution or the defense side of a case.

Debate Club Davis

Club members participate in Debate Matches against Memphis area schools. This club will help students develop critical thinking and analytical skills. Debate fosters an ability to think on one's feet and to formulate a well supported argument for issues.

Book Club - Davis (Librarian)

Students will all read a book then meet to discuss content.

BioLife - McCarty

Club meets to study plant and animal life through experiments.

Gardening Club McCarty

Club members plan and work to beautify the ECS campus with plants.

SWAT / Robotics – Burton

Club members build and engineer robots. Students create programs to control the robots to include AI, HTML and visual coding. Machine learning skills will be learned.

Engineering Stevens

Members prepare for the competition at the University of Memphis - Engineering Day

Spanish Club – Shute

Students that plan to study Spanish in High School may join!

Wilson Society Shorten

Leadership and service club to support the Memphis community. Selected students will be mentored by the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation and will attend the Bridges leadership retreat.

Best Buddies – Shorten

Volunteering in Best Buddies area events to help make a difference for people with developmental disabilities

Key Club Little

International service program for students whose goal is to encourage leadership through serving others. Students participate in activities to serve the local Memphis community.  To maintain membership, a number of service hours is required.

Streets – Shute

STREETS Ministries, through the love of Jesus Christ, engages, encourages, and equips youth to achieve their potential by realizing their God-given purpose.

LOOP Bible Study for Lower School students and Seniors - Brady (Seniors ONLY)

Spike Ball

Club meets to play spike ball during Community and after school.