Bethesda Elementary School

Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education’s Saturday Exploration Program (SEP) provides a wide variety of challenging and enriching classes on Saturday mornings using 21st century learning strategies for gifted and high achieving students. 

Each course combines creativity, leadership, inquiry, critical thinking, and technology. Each lesson is designed to encourage students to discover, explore, and grow.


Gifted and Advanced Content Highly Motivated Berkmar Cluster Students




March     2nd, 9th,  16th, 23rd

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Bethesda Elementary School

525 Bethesda School Road

Lawrenceville, GA 30044


To register, complete the online application at

Pay the registration fee using PayPal.  

GAGE Members: $150 $50   CLICK HERE to Register       

Non-GAGE Members: 175 $75  CLICK HERE to Register

Discounted prices, thanks to the generous grant we have received!

Registration Deadline is Feb. 27th


If you have any questions, contact

Kendall Bennett, SEP Director at Bethesda


Phone:  770-921-2000




Classes (select one) Students take one class for 4 Saturdays!

Primary Grades:  2nd & 3rd

Magnets Integrated Thematic Unit – 2nd & 3rd Grade

Students will learn about magnetic poles, magnetic attraction and repulsion, the Earth’s magnetic field, and compasses as they investigate magnets with hands-on activities.  Instructor:  Sherley Harris, 2nd Grade Dual Language Teacher


Making and Tinkering – 2nd & 3rd Grade

If you could build anything, what would it be? At making and tinkering you will be able to explore your creativity with different challenges. We will use and explore different materials that will foster collaboration and creativity within the group.  Instructor:  Haydee Romero, 2nd Grade Dual Language Teacher


Mini Theater – 2nd & 3rd Grade

In these four weeks we will plan, design, write and create all the elements of a puppet show. Students will work together to create props and puppets and perform a show of their writing, or retelling.  Instructor:  Ryan Aaron, 2nd Grade Dual Language Teacher

Upper Elementary:  4th & 5th

Design and Build Your Dream School – 4th & 5th Grade

Have you ever wanted to make changes to your school?  Here’s your chance to build a new school, just how you dream it should be!  Use Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Engineering to design and build your dream school with an awesome library, perfect playground, and plan the ultimate school party or field day.  Maybe your principal will even love your ideas so much, they will use them at your school.  Instructor:  Jarrad Bennett, Kindergarten Teacher


The Great Arctic Challenge – 4th & 5th Grade

During each session students will complete a challenge designed to help arctic explorers, that have been stranded by a blizzard, survive and return to safety. They will do so utilizing the 6 STEM Design Process (ask, imagine, plan, create, test and improve) during each task.  Instructor:  Gissia Nuñez, 4th Grade Dual Language Teacher