Environmental Charter High School Named "Green Ribbon School"
U.S. Department of Education
April 23, 2012
2008 Social Innovation Fast Pitch winner Environmental Charter High School is one of the first schools in the United States to be named a Green Ribbon School by the Department of Education. The revolutionary school, which focuses on the environment to engage students in project-based experiential learning, is one of the 78 schools in the nation to have received the honor--and 1 of only 8 charter schools.
"Science, environmental and outdoor education play a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education, helping prepare them for the jobs of the future," says U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can help children build real-world skillsets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments."
Around 50% of Green Ribbon Schools serve disadvantaged students. Environmental Charter High School is one of these schools--about 80% of the students attending ECHS come from low-income families. ECHS combines a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum with hands on learning opportunities in the community that support real-world applications. Students become "Green Ambassadors" by learning about green solutions and putting on events that inspire their communities to get involved.
"These schools are engaging in some of the most innovative school reforms anywhere," sats Arne Duncan. "These approaches are enabling the schools to reduce their environmental impact and costs; improve student health; and ensure that graduates are prepared to face the great challenges of the 21st century."
To learn more about Environmental Charter High School, watch former Executive Director Kennedy Hilario's pitch from the 2008 Social Innovation Fast Pitch event, found here.
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