K-6 visit the ESC each year. To meet the goal of curriculum support, the Environmental Studies Center provides a safe place for each student to explore scientific concepts in a natural setting through direct experience and the use of appropriate technology.
Enterprise City is located at Canyon Creek Elementary in North Richardson. This make-believe City covers 6,000 square feet of space where 16 businesses have been constructed, along with a town hall area and community center. Enterprise City is an award-winning, nationally recognized program that resulted from the partnership of the school district and business community. Real-world experiences are awaiting students who participate in this simulation that introduces them to their future roles as producers, consumers, and citizens. Sixth grade students are introduced to skills including applying for jobs, writing checks and balancing a checkbook as they purchase and sell their goods and services.
The purpose of the RISD district Invention Convention is to recognize the outstanding inventors from each of the schools in RISD, and to provide them with the opportunity to present their inventions to each other and the public. There is a local school competition, then winners get to compete at a District Level.
The Lone Star Challenge (LSC) is an academic competition for elementary students, based on the familiar Academic Decathlon in the high schools.
Realizing Excellence in Academic Cognition Heuristically/REACH addresses the needs of the gifted and talented student by offering a differentiated curriculum focusing on critical thinking, analytical thinking, creativity, and independent learning.
Those students identified as gifted and talented may attend REACH classes beginning in Kindergarten. Primary REACH classes are held in grades 1 - 3, and Intermediate REACH encompasses grades 4 - 6.
Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October every year. By wearing red ribbons and participating in community anti-drug events. The students also pledge to live a drug-free life by signing a large banner and wearing a red bracelet.
Each year the students are required to participate in the school Science Fair competition for grades 3-6. Each student’s entry is judged for format, neatness, and use of Scientific data in proving their experiments. Students are awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons as well as Honorable Mention for each grade.
For a day during the year, 5th grade students visit Collin County Adventure Camp, located just north of Dallas. Here, students learn the laws of nature by participating in different events and learning activities in outdoor classrooms.