St. Elmo Brady STEM

Garden Hills offers the St. Elmo Brady S.T.E.M. Academy to 4th and 5th grade male students.  The St. Elmo Brady S.T.E.M Academy offers under-represented males exposure to the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and mathematic while increasing students' awareness of S.T.E.M.  The program also fosters father-son and/or mentor-mentee relationships while increasing cooperation and promoting critical thinking skills.


Garden Hills EarlyAct is a school-wide service club for elementary students, sponsored by the Champaign local Rotary Club.  Students at Garden Hills in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades are encouraged to participate.  EarlyAct provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, students are encouraged to be caring and helpful.  Their minds are open to recognize the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect of others.  EarlyAct engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit the school, local and global communities.

Bucket Drumming

Garden Hills Bucket Drumming is a new after school club at Garden Hills Elementary.  It is unique in that it is the only elementary school in Unit 4 offering this music club.  It is lead by two active members of the Arts community in C-U, Mr. Nathaniel Banks and Mr. Robert Lewis, of the Banks, Bridgewater and Lewis Fine Arts Academy (formerly known as Mo Betta Music).  This group is expected to perform at school concerts and events.  Bucket Drumming includes students’ grades 2 - 5.

Safety Patrols

Garden Hills Student Safety Patrols are 5th grade students who support staff in promoting safe, respectful interactions and transitions throughout the halls and common areas. The safety patrol program provides students responsibility and a leadership role.


Garden Hills Choir is composed of 3rd – 5th grade students.  The Garden Hills Choir students perform at events such as: the MLK Celebration at KPAC, the JLCU Festival of Trees and the annual Jock Jams at U of I.