Award Year: 2022

Epic Elementary School

650 Conistor Lane
Liberty, MO, 64068-4202

(816) 736-5730

Dr. Michelle Schmitz, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Liberty 53 School District

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Mission

Inspire students to be CREATIVE and THINK BIG.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 7%
Application
Building empathy through gardening and giving back to the community

Building empathy through gardening and giving back to the community

EPiC Elementary School is an innovative, project-based learning environment. EPiC stands for Every Person is Inspired to Create and centers learning on three pillars: Empowering Creativity, Equipping Students, and Engaging Communities.

Empowering Creativity: EPiC reimagines education by encouraging the in-depth exploration of topics as students participate in the adventures of learning. EPiC students apply their new knowledge by creating and exhibiting their learning to multiple audiences. Equipping Students: Staff believe it is essential to equip students for their future by providing a personalized learning environment where students become effective collaborators, critical and creative thinkers, and communicators. Engaging Communities: EPiC students learn in an environment that thrives on collaboration, not only within the classroom and across grade levels, but with the greater community through experts, partnerships, and community-based projects.

EPiC teachers co-design learning experiences with EPiC learners to engage the real world, igniting the imagination, building confidence, and helping learners see the world of possibilities. Studio 5 learners build empathy for those who are food insecure in our community. The students launched a hunger awareness campaign culminating in a student-driven Empty Bowls event and raised over $2500 for organizations that help the hungry in our community. Studio 2 learners worked with butterfly experts and local businesses to transform a dilapidated district memorial garden into a flourishing butterfly memory garden. Through these experiences, EPiC learners see themselves as leaders of today that have the ability to make a difference!