The Payne community, parents, and staff members work together to provide many enrichment opportunities to the students. Community programs include Hip Hop, Mad Science, Academic Chess, and the Lekha School of Creative Writing. These fee-based programs are offered throughout the year to students who participate in the classes after their school day has ended.
Staff members open their classrooms at lunch recess to lead noontime clubs. Some past noontime clubs have focused on dance, board games, math skills, soccer, and jump rope choreography. Students of all ages are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of noontime clubs.
Higher level thinking and problem solving is important at Payne. For this reason, we have included enrichment opportunities geared toward these skills. Math Olympiad is open to fourth and fifth graders once a week during lunch recess. Our Math Olympiads practice challenging math word problems and participate in national challenges which test their problem solving skills. Many third, fourth, and fifth graders also participate in Destination ImagiNation. This international program allows the students to work together to solve both long term and instant team challenges.