To reimagine public education in low-income communities of color to prepare conscious, critical thinkers who are equipped to graduate from college and create a more equitable and sustainable world.
That students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to graduate from college, inspired to discover their own sense of purpose and empowered to become quality stewards of their own communities.
Our students are hard working, active, caring, creative, team players.
More than 88% of our students are eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program.
African American 23%
Our rigorous academic program prepares students for a college-prep high school, places an emphasis on social responsibility, and incorporates field trips and interdisciplinary projects. We connect academics to real-world tasks and integrate social-emotional learning and the arts.
Expected Learning Results
Our academic approach results in students who:
Are academic achievers and critical thinkers who understand how their actions impact others and the environment
Are encouraged to discover their own sense of purpose
Are taught to reflect on their choices and make decisions that improve their physical and emotional well-being
Communicate clearly and are developing the skills to build healthy relationships
The ECMS approach creates strong relationships between students, teachers, and families. Two core teachers—one for Math & Science and another for English & History—follow students from 6th to 7th grade, affording an opportunity for teachers to deeply understand students’ strengths and challenges as they move through the transition between elementary and high school. In 8th grade, students transition to four single-subject teachers, preparing them for success in a traditional high school.
Interdisciplinary Benchmark Projects
Interdisciplinary Benchmark Projects are fun, challenging tasks that ask students to connect what they’ve learned in English, Math, Social Studies, and Science and use their new knowledge and skills in a real-world way. Individually and in groups, students might persuade pharaohs, write business plans for investors, investigate an Aztec murder mystery, present their research findings to an Ancient Greek symposium or engineer a railroad. These projects culminate in imaginative performances and presentations that include parents and community members.
The following specialty courses supplement our core curriculum:
Games & Movement
Students participate in physical and socio-emotional exercises that emphasize team building and reflection. For example, in 6th grade students study the Olympics of Ancient Greece by running, jumping, wrestling and discus and javelin throwing.
Arts & Handwork
Students explore various art, craft, and technological genres that increase their appreciation for human ingenuity as they connect to the cultures and concepts they are studying in their core content courses. For example, students create ropes from plant fibers as they study early human development.
This course connects core content to sustainability and the community through service-learning projects. For example, when studying ancient civilization and agriculture, students build raised beds to grow food on campus, install rainwater catchment systems, and build worm stations to compost waste on campus.
Students learn the skills necessary to succeed in a college-prep high school setting, including: organization, time management, note-taking skills, study skills, and critical thinking.