• Enrichment and Challenge Support at Pierce 

    What is ECS?

    The Enrichment and Challenge Support Program (formerly the Gifted and Talented Program) is a K-8 program in all Brookline Schools that promotes critical and creative thinking skills for all students.  The ECS program supports classroom teachers in providing challenging curriculum and extension opportunities for students who show a capacity for high levels of academic, intellectual, and creative achievement.

    The Brookline Public Schools has a commitment to enable all children to realize their full potential as learners. Brookline does not formally identify students as "gifted and talented" for placement in a separate program. We use a consulting teacher model, which means that the program's emphasis is on supporting classroom teachers in extending and enriching the curriculum in order to provide for academically and intellectually advanced students in the regular classroom.

    There is an ECS program resource teacher on staff in each elementary school in Brookline. The ECS teacher at Pierce is Leslie Fagen.  Ms. Fagen works collaboratively with classroom teachers, guidance counselors and others to provide information, consultation and extension opportunities for students. Ms. Fagen is at Pierce Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 2:20 pm and on Friday mornings and is primarily focused on the K-6 grades.  The other days Leslie is the ECS teacher at the Lawrence School.  

    What if I have Questions?

    Your child’s classroom teacher should be your first point of contact if you have questions about how your child is being challenged in the classroom. However, Ms. Fagen welcomes questions by email and is available to meet with you by appointment. You can contact her by leaving a note in her mailbox in the school office, or via email at leslie_fagen@brookline.k12.ma.us.  Her office hours are on Fridays from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.  

    Two parent representatives from each school serve on the ECS Parent Advisory Committee (ECS-PAC). Toby Raybould and Serene Srouji are the current ESC-PAC members for Pierce.  You may also contact either of them if you have questions. tobyraybould@gmail.com or sssrouji@yahoo.com

    More Resources

    Click here to be directed to the Town of Brookline’s ECS page.

    Materials on ECS education is available at the Sperber Education Center (88 Harvard Street). We also maintain a list of outside resources for parents, which includes information about local programs, camps, helpful websites and more.

    A website developed by Tanya Gregoire (ECS Resource Teacher for Heath and Lincoln Schools) provides helpful information, including websites, articles, books, and local programs/activities and links to brain teasers and puzzles.  Click here for Enrichment and Challenge Resources; click here for Stuff to do (for kids).