Our youngest learners have a unique opportunity to explore the world outside of the classroom by visiting local cultural and historical organizations. These opportunities are for students in preschool through fifth grade and are called Essential ExperiencesSM. Each experience is directly connected to classroom learning, deepens connections to their community, drives curiosity, and exposes students to career possibilities.
Additionally, throughout elementary school, students build the skills and competencies as outlined in the Portrait of an Elementary Scholar. This helps prepare students for the next step into middle school.
A 15-week dance and music program for preschool children that joyfully fosters kindergarten readiness skills
How can we learn through play? An on-site visit with predicting, estimating, counting, and sorting through playful discovery and problem-solving
What do living things need to survive? A guided tour to observe animal habitats plus a classroom visit allowing students to interact with living and nonliving things
Exploration activities to encourage students to make observations using their senses and ask questions about what they discover in pond and forest ecosystems.
How did the early communities of Northeast Ohio change over time? A fully-guided tour demonstrating how Ohio's early communities transformed from small, isolated farms into thriving villages
How do artists act as inventors? A gallery and studio experience to find new ways to see the world, use materials, and solve problems
How has the immigrant/migrant experience changed in the last 100 years? A customized experience to explore the trades, crafts, and careers of 1920s immigrant and migrant workers
Essential ExperiencesSM started as a three-year $1.2 million commitment from GAR Foundation to provide preschool through fifth-grade students at APS with a meaningful field study outside of the classroom. The commitment has been renewed for another three years with an additional $2.1 million in funding.