2015 In Review

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Our seniors had a 96% acceptance rate into college, including our Valedictorian, Vinh Tran, who headed to Harvard! Read the full story here.

Gardena becomes one of 193 middle schools across the state to be awarded State Superintendent of Education’s Gold Ribbon award for excellent academic programs. Read the full story here.

A big thanks to Lowe's and The Nature Conservancy who helped make this possible. Read the story here.

Four ECHS students traveled to Washington, D.C. for "Hike the Hill." Students gave presentations to legislators to advocate for environmental initiatvies within urban communities and to share their experiences on The Pacific Crest Trail. To read more, click here.

Green Ambassadors Interns took their community engagement efforts to the next level! Interns partnered with Energy Upgrade California to educate consumers, served as sustainability consultants to Dogeared Jewelry and worked with Otis College to promote waste reduction at ECS campuses. To read the full recap, click here.

The Green Ambassadors Institute (GAI) linked more than eighty educators and community leaders to learn and share best practices in environmental education. Read the recap here. Read about our other outstanding GAI event, A Watershed Moment, here.

Our student Crystal Sanchez won NFTE's 2015 National Youth Entreprenuership Challenge and a $25,000 prize for her Guardian Locket innovation, meant to help protect young woman against sexual assault. Read more here.

At Environmental Charter Schools, learning extends beyond the school hours through our dynamic after-school programming. This year, students at all of our school sites have had an even more robust selection of offerings to choose from after they finish their school day. Check out the after school highlights here.

ECS educators traveled to New Haven, CT to participate in a Teaching Our Cities Learning Exchange that allowed them to connect, share and exchange ideas about how urban environmental educators can embrace our cities as learning tools. Watch the video here.

ECS faculty and administrators created an innovative Teacher Development and Evaluation system to ensure the effective implementation of our Best Practices across all sites. Learn more here.