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LEAF Partner Schools

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LEAF's environmental high school partners work to ensure students are engaged in environmental lessons and activities throughout the school year. The LEAF internship program is only one part of this partnership. Together, we combine The Nature Conservancy's science and access to natural areas with the lessons learned in school to provide students with the web of mentors, alumni, and peers that is fundamental to successful youth development programs.

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Academy for Conservation and the Environment
Brooklyn, New York

The mission of the Academy for Conservation and the Environment is to empower students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue their dreams, excel in their studies, and make a positive change in their environment, their communities, and the world. 

The Academy for Environmental Leadership
Brooklyn, New York

This is a small learning community that develops skills through an approach to learning focused on science, mathematics and technology to develop the capacity of students to become environmental leaders. 

The Academy of Urban Planning
Brooklyn, New York

Based in Brooklyn, New York, the Academy's urban planning, theme-based curriculum draws students out of the classroom and into their communities to develop skills that will move them toward higher education and professional careers. 

Al Raby School for Community and Environment
Chicago, Illinois

The Al Raby School for Community and Environment inspires students to intellectual excellence and personal responsibility through community and environmental activism. The Al Raby School envisions students who think critically, argue effectively, and use technology appropriately in secondary and post-secondary education while developing a commitment to social and environmental causes. 

Arabia Mountain High School
Lithonia, Georgia

The mission for Arabia Mountain High School is to engage students in active learning and service through collaborative instruction using the school and community as context for developing understanding of human and environmental interactions while preparing students for involved citizenship in a changing world.
WINNER: 2012 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GREEN RIBBON SCHOOLS AWARD 

The Barack Obama Green Charter High School
Plainfield, New Jersey

The mission of this school is to prepare students to become informed, engaged and independent critical thinkers and to inspire leaders for sustainable development with a focus on our environment. Students will be educated in a school community that fosters high expectations for both achievement and conduct and facilitates clear connections between the curriculum, the community and the world. 

Boston Green Academy
Boston, Massachusetts
BGA is a new Horace Mann Charter School in the Boston Public Schools, preparing students for college and the 21st century workforce with a focus on leadership, science, and global citizenship. BGA prepares students to be leaders in environmental stewardship and activism, to live their lives responsibly and sustainably, and to be prepared to succeed in the burgeoning “green” economy. 

The Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment
Brooklyn, New York

This academy is a three-campus New York City Public High School that integrates the missions and resources of Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to offer academic excellence and rigor.

Central Falls High School

Central Falls, Rhode Island
The mission of Central Falls High School is to develop its diverse student population into responsible citizens, effective communicators, innovative problem-solvers and critical thinkers who are able to fully participate in and positively contribute to society.  Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) offer students access to academic enrichment involving partnerships between schools and environmental/community-based organizations.  Through the Environmental Science Academy, students explore topics in Environment and Society, Environmental Science, and Ecology and participate in environmental internships.

Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
Chicago, Illinois
The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences is a college preparatory high school that provides opportunities for diverse students from across the city to study agriculture with the goal of developing marketable skills as well as college level competencies.  They produce technologically proficient graduates who will have the power to change the image of urban agriculture.

Common Ground
New Haven, Connecticut

This is a center for environmental learning and leadership located at the base of New Haven's West Rock Ridge. Its mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse community of children, young people, and adults. Common Ground accomplishes this mission through an environmental education center, a charter high school focused on the environment, and an urban demonstration farm. 

Denver School of Science and Technology
Denver, CO

DSST transforms urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.  We are an innovative school where students acquire a rigorous academic foundation that they can apply to the community and world around them in meaningful ways.  Our goal is to graduate students with character and a sense of civic responsibility, a significant percentage of whom will assume leadership positions in an increasingly scientific and technology based society.

Environmental Charter High School
Lawndale, California

This is an award-winning public charter high school with a unique experiential learning design for college prep. It inspires students to learn about environmental issues facing our planet, how to become effective agents for change, and how to implement local solutions.
WINNER: 2012 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GREEN RIBBON SCHOOLS AWARD 

The Green School
New York, New York

This is a 9th-12th grade learning community that develops science, math, literacy, and social studies skills in the context of New York City's many environments. Through rigorous interdisciplinary curricula and hands-on experiential projects, students engage with their environment, participate meaningfully in community life, and prepare for their futures.  

Green Tech High Charter School
Albany, New York

This is an all-male charter school that provides high quality, college preparatory education for Albany students in a safe, small-school setting that offers an extended school day, a longer school year, extensive literacy instruction, and programs that emphasize environmental awareness and technological proficiency. 

The High School for Environmental Studies
New York, New York

This school aims to reach high standards of excellence by providing a unique curriculum that combines environmentally-infused college preparatory courses with applied-learning experiences and hands-on activities.

Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School
Queens, NY

By using New York City as our extended classroom, students learn that sustainability means meeting our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Through their authentic, project-based learning expeditions in all disciplines, as well as their experiences in science and technology, students become critical thinkers who gather information, carefully weigh their options, and make informed, thoughtful choices that effect change. Our students, once empowered, will take action to maintain and create sustainable systems within their neighborhood, community, city, state, country, and world. 

The New York Harbor School
New York, New York

This school provides a college-preparatory education built upon New York City's maritime experience. The rigorous, college preparatory curriculum teaches on water job skills and environmental stewardship by utilizing New York City’s waterways. 

Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies
Brooklyn, NY
The mission is to promote academic rigor and excellence through a strong standard-based curriculum with a concentration in Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences.  Partnerships with the New York Aquarium, the Brooklyn Center for Environmental Studies and other institutions offer students opportunities for learning and developing experiences for educational excellence.

Science and Math Institute (SAMI)
Tacoma, Washington
SAMI creates an inclusive high school learning community that provides integrated, inquiry-based experiences utilizing our natural and community resources, combining science, mathematics, and the arts. 

The Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center
New Haven, Connecticut

The mission of this school is to produce citizens of the United States and the World who can think critically; solve problems, question, and act with facility and fluency. The Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center is the first full-time center to concentrate in the study of aquaculture and marine trades.   

Stuyvesant High School
New York, New York

Stuyvesant High School is one of the nine Specialized High Schools in New York City. These schools are operated by the New York City Department of Education and offer accelerated academics to students who are city residents free of tuition. Stuyvesant is noted for its strong academic programs. U.S. News & World Report ranked it as fifth best in its 2012 list of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) schools.

The Urban Assembly School For Green Careers
New York, New York
The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers aims to prepare students for environmental work either in "green buildings" (such as architecture, engineering or solar panel installation) or "green spaces" (such as gardening or forestry). 

Walter Biddle Saul Agricultural high School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The mission of this diverse learning community is to develop in students an understanding of and appreciation for the career and leadership opportunities that are available to them in the many fields of agriculture while developing a responsibility for improving, preserving and managing the earth's natural resources.    It is also their commitment to cultivate each student's individual abilities to prepare him or her for a lifetime of productive academic, vocational, and civic endeavors. 

Wilderness Arts and Literacy Collaborative @ Balboa High School
San Francisco, California
WALC is a small learning community that integrates environmental education with science, history, literature, art and technology within two high schools in San Francisco at Balboa High School. WALC seeks to nurture within students an awareness of and connection to the different histories and heritage of their communities, as well as the ecological processes that underlie all existence.

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