K-8 Programs

The SEPA Collaborative currently has programs in place for second, fifth and eighth graders in DUSD.

Academic Program Field Trips:

  • Second Grade: City of Hope scientists visit every second grade classroom to teach the concepts of genetics and inheritance, and introduce the students to careers in research. As a follow up, second grade students come to City of Hope at the end of the school year to learn more about genetics and to tour the City of Hope campus.
  • Fifth Grade: Every fifth grade student visits City of Hope to do hands-on, problem-solving activities related to the human body. In 2016, City of Hope staff will visit every fifth grade classroom to teach a follow up lesson on vaccines.
  • Eighth Grade: Every eighth grade student visits City of Hope to solve medical mysteries through the use of inquiry based hands-on activities and critical-thinking skills.
Note: All students who come to City of Hope for a field trip must have their parent/guardian sign one version (English or Spanish) of the waiver forms. Additionally, parents/guardians of eighth grade students are asked to sign one version (English or Spanish) of a waiver form that gives permission for their children to complete surveys conducted by Claremont Graduate University (CGU).
The SEPA Collaborative offers a Girls Only! Science Technology Engineering and Math (GO STEM!) club for girls in grades 3-5.

GO STEM! Club:

  • The goal of the club is to engage girls in STEM activities, encourage girls to take courses in STEM fields and to consider pursuing careers in STEM.
  • The club will meet after school one or two times per month, and each meeting will have a new theme. Examples include: properties of water, polymer science, making predictions and estimations, and engineering.
  • GO STEM! is currently only offered at Andres Duarte Elementary School. We hope to collaborate with Think Together!, with the goal of offering the club at all DUSD Elementary Schools in the next 3 years.