Chesney 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 Duluth Cluster Students




March     2nd, 9th,  16th, 23rd

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Chesney Elementary School

3878 Old Norcross Road

Duluth, GA 30096


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

Sonja Fox, SEP Director at Chesney


Phone:  678-707-2600




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

Primary Grades:  2nd & 3rd

Exploring with Legos

Description:  Come explore the world of writing while bringing stories to life with Legos! You will use STEM to plan and build the setting for your stories. This engineering process will incorporate literature, real-world problem solving, collaboration, exploration, parts of the movie itself, and downright exciting fun. Join us!

Instructor: Angelica Staples, 1st Grade Teacher


Roller Coaster Physics 

Did you know that roller coasters are carefully designed using the science of physics?  Learn how physics makes a roller coaster ride fun by understanding the laws of motion, force, energy, gravity, friction and speed. Through a series of experiments and hands-on activities, you will be able to design your very own roller coaster.  By the end of the course, you would have built a marble coaster that works.

Instructor:  Alexia Codispoti, 4th Grade Teacher

Upper Elementary:  4th & 5th

Money Matters 101 – Mathematics in Real Life

Description:  This fun, hands-on course will EMPOWER students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be smart with their money.  Students will learn about money management, budgeting, and savings.  Through a series of games, stimulating discussions, and interactive activities, students will leave this class with LIFELONG financial understanding.  The best time to start is NOW!  

Instructor: Martine Legagneur-Alcin, 1st Grade Teacher


All the World's a Stage!

Description:  Calling all actors! Would you like to be in the spotlight? In this class, we will play theater games, do improvisation, perform monologues, and stage a production! From Shakespeare to Broadway, take a journey through time with your new thespian friends as we learn about theater and enjoy performing! 

Instructor: Katherine Redmon, 4th Grade Teacher


Civil Rights Detectives

Everyone has heard of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks but the Civil Rights Movement was filled with countless hidden figures. Let’s use our detective skills to uncover some of the unsung heroes in the fight for justice! From a six-year old girl, to a congressman in Georgia, get ready to investigate some of the overlooked champions of the Civil Rights Era!

Instructor: Drexel Sportel, 5th Grade Teacher