ESC Programs

What is Extended Studies Curriculum (ESC)?

All knowledge is connected to all other knowledge. The fun is in making the connections.
~Arthur Aufderheide

The Extended Studies Curriculum (ESC) classes are taught by credentialed teachers who specialize in five main subject areas including ART, MUSIC, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, SCIENCE, and TECHNOLOGY, but may also include other subjects such as Foreign Language study, Math Enrichment, and Integrated Arts. ESC teachers are credentialed specialists who work together with classroom teachers to enhance the core curriculum and provide students with opportunities to learn through exploration, experimentation, and creativity. Through ESC, students develop problem-solving skills, teamwork, and gain exposure to the fine arts above and beyond the classroom experience. ESC classes are the perfect combination of conceptually based hands-on instruction with opportunities for learning extending beyond the classroom.

Ongoing support for ESC reflects the Del Mar Union School District commitment to the education and development of the whole child. Our district’s goal is that all students have the opportunity to develop their individuality and learn to communicate their thinking while developing an understanding of the world around them.

Every school in the Del Mar Union School District is fortunate to have a high-quality, vibrant ESC program as a result of community support and a strong partnership with the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF). Our commitment to providing the highest quality education is one reason the elementary schools in the Del Mar Union School District are ranked among the highest in the state.

 

Art

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.
~Emile Zola

Amy Doyle
Ashley Falls
Nicole Nelson
Carmel Del Mar
Andew Smith
Del Mar Heights
 Brian Patterson
Del Mar Hills
 Jennifer Luce
Ocean Air
Shannon O'Connel
Sage Canyon
 Catherine Gilbert
 Sycamore Ridge
 Janese Swanson
Torrey Hills

The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.

The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.

The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules, that prevail. (Source: 10 Lessons the Arts Teach by Elliot Eisner)

Through our arts programs, Del Mar students are exposed to a variety of visual arts mediums, including watercolor, tempera, and acrylic painting, printmaking, fiber arts, ceramics, pastels, chalk, scratch art, paper maché, wire sculpture, wood sculpture, found object assemblage, collage, and SO much more! While specific techniques for working with each medium are taught, students are encouraged to think outside of the box, and to look for unique perspectives and solutions.

While everyone enjoys the final ‘product’ of a great piece of art, the real learning takes place during the process. Discoveries are made, problems are solved, confidence is built…and artists are born!

Music

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.
~Confucius

 Dawn Zurcher
Ashley Falls
Cinda Peck
Carmel Del Mar
Erin Zoumaras
Erin Zoumaras
Michelle Beeson
Ocean Air
 Kenneth Igarashi
Jodi Neilson
Torrey Hills

Scientific research shows music study helps young minds develop. Music is a basic building block of intelligence and playing music develops critical neural connections. Studying music reinforces teamwork, communication skills, self-discipline, and creativity. All of these qualities are essential to students’ development as a 21st century learner and promote success across every curricular area.

Learning music develops spatial IQ, which helps students access complex math processes because the same parts of the brain used in processing math are strengthened through practice in music. For example, students who take music in middle school score significantly higher on algebra assessments in ninth grade than their non-music counterparts, as their brains are already accustomed to performing the processes used in complex math (Helmrich, 2010). Most importantly, music is joyful and provides an opportunity for expression unlike any other. Students have the opportunity to shine through individual and group performances, cultivate talents, and develop an appreciation for another of the fine arts.

Physical Education

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
~ John F. Kennedy

Cliff Boyles
Ashley Falls
 Ian Phillip  
Del Mar Heights
Veronica Brand
Michael Davis
Ocean Air
Trent Tracy
Sage Canyon
Katy Moyneur
Sycamore Ridge
Summer Gurell
Torrey Hills

Our physical education program promotes an understanding and appreciation for the benefits of physical activity, healthy habits, and positive choices. It instills a love for physical activity that will last a lifetime. Through athletic skills-based lessons, games, fitness, and cooperative activities, students learn physical, emotional, and social aspects of life skills crucial to the development of the whole child.

Physical education develops the students’ motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Physical health allows students to function even better in classrooms. A good cardiovascular system developed from regular exercise promotes excellent blood and oxygen circulation. This means more nutrients circulate throughout the body, which includes the brain. This circulation produces longer attention span during classes allowing longer concentration and absorption.

The health and well being of every Del Mar student is of the highest priority to our entire community. Our certificated physical education specialists provide an exceptional program that promotes individual success and empowers every student to reach for their personal best in every aspect of their lives.

Science

The important thing is to never stop questioning.
~ Albert Einstein

Tim Miller
Ashley Falls
Jennifer Munoz
Carmel Del Mar
Kathleen Minarik
Del Mar Heights
Nancy Swanberg
Del Mar Hills
Stacie Waters
Ocean Air
 Lexi Hull
Hull

Sage Canyon
 Sambat Ung  
Sycamore Ridge
 Uma Krishnan
Torrey Hills

Our science labs offer our young scientists a hands-on opportunity to investigate, explore, think, design, create and test their imagination, beliefs and ideas! Our credentialed science specialists create lessons designed to engage students, helping them to discover the wonders of Earth, Physical, and Life Sciences. Experiments in the lab involve concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Students engage in real-life, interactive, projects and are learning to be critical thinkers of tomorrow. Students are excited about coming into the Science Lab and love the inquiry-based learning in the lab setting.

Hands-on science experiences have the power to spark a student’s natural curiosity and appreciation of the world around them, while giving them the tools to think through how they can logically design and test methods to answer those questions. Science can discipline the mind and cause the imagination to soar!

Technology

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kevin Cunha
Ashley Falls
Janet Wolfertz
Carmel Del Mar
Gail Moran
Del Mar Heights
Eric Bienke
Del Mar Hills
Sycamore Ridge
Jim Gianola
Ocean Air
 Paris Esmaili  
Sage Canyon
Susie Hopper
Torrey Hills

Technology is all around us! Technology is an exciting way to engage our students in their learning and extend learning beyond the four walls of our classrooms. Through the creative use of technology, our credentialed technology specialists provide students with unique opportunities to problem solve and communicate ideas. In Del Mar, students learn to create, express themselves, and engage in critical thinking through video, multi-media presentations, and print media projects.

As an integral part of the lives of our students, these ‘technology natives’ will need the skills developed through technology to communicate effectively with peers, teachers, colleagues, and employers. As responsible digital citizens, students learn to use technology tools responsibly and ethically. Our students use technology thoughtfully and resourcefully to promote their learning and quench their inexhaustible quest for understanding of the world around them!