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ESAA Elementary School

Welcome to the Elementary School for the Arts and Academics. Our mission is that children learn in many different ways and every child learns through varied and multiple paths. Our school engages children with innovative, team-based teaching and the seamless integration of the arts with the academic. At ESAA, children learn to see the world in new ways, are encouraged to think deeply about it and wonder at its endless possibilities, thereby creating a desire to discover more.

ESAA is a school that recognizes that students learn through a variety of ways often called multiple intelligences which consist of musical intelligence, bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, logical mathematical intelligence, verbal-linguistic intelligence, spatial intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and intrapersonal intelligence. Our philosophy of education allows students to learn through the multiple intelligences by pairing the arts and the academics. This allows students the opportunity to learn and express knowledge in a way that plays off of their strengths while still learning the skills necessary to be successful in school.

ESAA offers a rigorous academic program with a focus on innovative thinking and creative problem solving using the multiple intelligences. Students are taught and encouraged to become independent, self-directed learners in an engaging 21st century format with a focus on literacy and numeracy. Our approach allows students to make connections, to notice patterns, to analyze, and to problem solve through multiple perspectives. Students begin to learn to develop their own reasoning around concepts and ideas. A collaborative learning environment that uses visible thinking routines creates experience in articulating their thoughts and reasoning.

Registration Information

Registration for the 2015-2016 school year will take place at ESAA on August 5th from 1:00-7:00pm and August 6th from 7:30am - 1:00pm. Please sign up for your child's Presentations of Learning at this time. School photos will be taken during registration. Extra order forms will be available. If you are unable to have your child's photo taken during registration, there will be a photo retake day in the fall. Please contact the ESAA office in August with any questions, 459-0947.

Free and Reduced Meal Forms must be completed each year.

Enrollment Information

SASD families interested in enrolling their child at ESAA for the 2015-2016 school year should complete an Intradistrict/Charter School Transfer Request Form. Families residing outside the SASD should complete an Open Enrollment Application online. Please visit the SASD Enrollment Page for more information or Susan Griffiths, Dean of School, at 459-0947.


Transportation will be available for the 2015-2016 school year. All families with children interested in bussing for the 2015-16 school year should complete the Transportation Request Form.


ESAA Community

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Calendar, Lunch Menu & More

The Mosaic School

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Learn more about Mosaic

The Étude Sessions

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Good Music + Good Cause


Étude Group Director selected to participate in WAB Creative Industries Committee

Madison, WI (April 29,2015) – Ted Hamm, Director, Principal and Founder of the The Étude Group has been selected to be a member of the Creative Industries Committee. The Creative Industries Committee is a board of experts comprised by The Wisconsin Arts Board to guide the Arts Board’s work to serve and promote the creative industries in Wisconsin.  

Read more about Étude Group Director selected to participate in WAB Creative Industries Committee.

ESAA Rocket Club launches with a splash

Rocket Launch 1

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First morning on the farm

This week we visited Higher Grounds Farm near Plymouth. It is the farm of Mike an Christal Mulder (Ms. Kimme's niece and nephew-in-law).

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ESAA Registration
When: August 5 2015 - August 5 2015
Time: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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ESAA Registration
When: August 6 2015 - August 6 2015
Time: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

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ESAA Back To School Open House
When: August 25 2015 - August 25 2015
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm