Enrichment Beyond the Classroom

March 21st, 2015 | By Gary No Comments


What started out three years ago as just a way to fill an open class period on Fridays has turned into one of the most popular programs for students, teachers, staff, and even parents at Athens Christian School.

Each semester, sixth to twelfth grade students at ACS choose from a list of 30+ enrichment classes. The subject or activity for these classes varies widely, from hobbies and interests to clubs and career exploration. Many of the classes get students out of the classroom, moving and working together through activities and hands-on experiences. Some of the most popular classes include mountain biking, ballet, survival skills, culinary arts, Jiu jitsu, crossfit training, theater set production, middle school soccer, auto maintenance for young ladies, and advance speed training.

The semester schedules allow for eight to 10 class sessions, and the average class size is about 12 students. Besides giving students an opportunity to learning something new that they wouldn’t normally get in the classroom, it is also a great opportunity for teachers, staff, and parents to work with the students and show them a new side of themselves. Dean of Students Chris Williams explains, ”Students forget that we have interests outside the classroom. The enrichment classes change the dynamic, and kids get to know our teachers and staff in a different way. They find a common interest, sport, or hobby which they can share, not only during that semester but for years to come.”

The other interesting outcome of the ACS enrichment classes is the impact of bringing together students from different grades. Although some classes are limited to certain grade levels, most of the classes are open to all grades. Mixing the grades has allowed kids to get to know each other better and form relationships that continue to develop beyond the one enrichment class. Oftentimes, the older students will take on mentoring roles as they help the younger students in their class. The benefits of the ACS Enrichment Classes are many, and we applaud ACS for getting its students moving and learning in ways that will enrich their lives for years to come.

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