Our After School Programs grew significantly in 2015

[Photo]  Green Ambassadors teacher, Ms. Tashanda, at ECMS-Inglewood Winter Fest with students from the Green Ambassadors Cooking Club

This year at Environmental Charter Schools, after school programs have grown on all three of our campuses. Check out a few of the exciting after-school highlights!

Environmental Charter Middle School – Gardena

  • In the Spring, students collaborated within the areas of art, drama and dance to launch their production of West Side Story with a live band. This upcoming year, students plan to organize a production of The Lion King: A Musical.


[Photo] West Side Story Art Work

  • Students are getting healthy with a variety of after-school sports and activities! The ECMS-Gardena soccer team kicked off their season and is slated to challenge Watts, Peary, Inglewood and New Academy this upcoming year. Our 6th grade girls are “racking up” fitness points with our partners at the RAMP Tennis program at StubHub Center in Carson.










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  • Our students relax their minds and stretch their muscles in Zumba, Yoga, swimming and Pilates thanks to our awesome partnership with the Gardena-Carson YMCA. Our students continue to bolster their academic skills through after school Math and Lit Lab classes that support students’ academic and intellectual growth.

[Photo] ECMS-Gardena students playing basketball at the Gardena-Carson YMCA

Environmental Charter Middle School – Inglewood

  • An exciting after-school partnership with Woodcraft Rangers began this year and has already delivered a groundbreaking 14% increase in attendance, which is a huge leap in engagement!
  • Several new and exciting sports opportunities are now being offered including soccer, basketball, and volleyball
  • The new Cooking Club has joined forces with the Green Ambassadors club to incorporate the delicious fruits and vegetables harvested from the gardens into their recipes! In the club, students focus on learning how to cook healthy foods.
  • Inglewood now offers free dinner for all students participating in the after-school program!












Our Harvest at ECMS-Inglewood. After a great season of planting in the fall, we begin to reap what we sowed. #greenthumb #growyourown #harvest #Autumn #greens #Inglewood #Hawthorne #SouthLA @ecsgreenambassadors

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[Photo]  Picture of the Inglewood Winter Fest Cooking Club Display

"Our goal this year is to create a Youth Advisory Board that gives students a voice in after-school programming – the more ownership and investment the students have, the more their buy-in and participation increases.”

– Danielle Kelsick, ECMS-Inglewood Assistant Principal

Environmental Charter High School

  • The new Living Under 500 after-school club explores the burgeoning micro-living movement and designs their own imaginings of a ‘Tiny Home’.
  • Students are stoked about the new drumline and self-defense clubs, which extend their learning beyond the classroom and expand students’ opportunities to try new things.










School is back highlight #3: Drumline at ECHS is baaaack! #ECSbacktoschool

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Xavier and Sam rockin' out in our after school music program! #drums #music #rock #outdoorClassroom

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To see more of the after-school experience at ECS, watch our video below:


After School – We Succeed from Environmental Charter Schools on Vimeo.