Our Approach

Our Mission

To create and deliver vibrant, innovative, interdisciplinary learning opportunities using the environment to engage students and connect them to the wider world.

Our Vision

Our vision is 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.


Since its inception in 2000, Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) has been providing students with a unique learning experience that utilizes environmental service learning to inspire students to find authentic meaning in their studies. The result is students who are prepared for college, motivated to continue their learning, and desire to positively contribute to their community.

Our Practices





Interdisciplinary Curriculum & Authentic Assessment

Classes at ECS are demanding and place an emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and college readiness. See it all come to life through the ECHS intersession project.

College Prep





Collaboration with Partners

Community partnerships with local non-profits and businesses provide relevant leadership and extra-curricular opportunities that yield results.

Community Partners





Environmental and Experiential Learning

  • Living campuses bring learning to life and model sustainable practices.
  • Outdoor education and overnight field trips foster community and independence.
  • Green Ambassadors courses focus on solutions and leadership.
  • Green Ambassadors Institute provides professional development for educators & administrators

ECS & The Environment





Relevant & Engaging Instruction

  • Project–based learning allows hands-on exploration of subjects that engage academics, service, and student interests.
  • Culturally relevant, individualized instruction meets student needs.
  • Experiential hands-on activities provide a real-life context for learning.
  • Teachers encourage deep student inquiry, collaboration, and reflection.





Small Learning Communities

  • Small, safe and responsive learning environments build supportive relationships and ensure accountability.
  • Collaborative environments where teachers, staff, students and community partners work together to solve problems

"An estimated 14 million American children attend deteriorating public schools. Of the existing 80,000 public schools, at least one-third need extensive repair or replacement and at least two-thirds have unhealthy environmental conditions."
The National Education Association