LEAF Partner Schools

Working Together

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.

Please see our Get Involved with LEAF page for more information.


Academy for Conservation and the Environment
Brooklyn, NY
Academy for Conservation and the Environment is a small high school where students explore the natural environment using New York City as a living laboratory. The school's project-based classes, uniquely designed curriculum, internship program and creative schedule give students many opportunities to excel, develop the skills and knowledge they need to pursue their passions and succeed in college and the workforce. Students will feel empowered as active young citizens whose actions and decisions make a positive difference in the world.

Academy for Environmental Leadership
Brooklyn, NY
Academy for Environmental Leadership 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, NY
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. 

Arabia Mountain High School
Lithonia, GA
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.

Barack Obama Green Charter High School
Plainfield, NJ
The mission of the Barack Obama Green Charter High 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.

Bronxdale High School
Bronx, NY
Rooted in inquiry-based learning, Bronxdale High School is dedicated to fostering a realistic, relevant and hands-on educational experience for all students. Through collaboration, both in the school and surrounding community, students will be immersed in an environment that: engages inquiry; promotes proactive learning; cultivates curiosity; and supports student thinking and helps them to communicate with clarity and precision in order to instill an intrinsic desire for life-long learning.

Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE)
Brooklyn, NY
BASE 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. The school community of staff, families and community partners supports students in becoming critical thinkers, active learners and problem solvers who are scientifically literate, engaged citizens who value and respect the environment.

Central High School
Newark, NJ
Central High School is comprised of great educators who believe the teacher is a school's most impactful resource. Hence, heavy emphasis is put on professional development and pedagogy. Upon graduation, the school's students must be ready for post secondary opportunities and most importantly for college. Students will be optimistic, ambitious, have character, and a good work ethic. To cultivate leaders and thinkers, the school's emphasis is to produce well-spoken problem solvers and writers that are prepared to preserve and impact the world for the next generations. 

Central Falls High School
Central Falls, RI
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, IL
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. 

Conrad Schools of Science
Wilmington, DE
The Conrad Schools of Science is a grade 6-12 magnet program focusing on excellence in biotechnology and allied health. 

Common Ground
New Haven, CT
Common Ground 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 (DSST)
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, CA
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.

Fern Creek Traditional High School
Louisville, KY
The mission of Fern Creek Traditional High School is to create a learning community that engages each student and prepares him or her to contribute and succeed in our diverse society.

The Green School
Brooklyn, NY
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.  

The Greene School
West Greenwich, RI
The Greene School explores the interdependence of human and natural systems. Through a rigorous pre-college curriculum, we develop citizens and leaders engaged in finding peaceful and sustainable solutions to local and global challenges.

Green Tech High - Charter School
Albany, NY
This all-male charter school 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. 

High School for Environmental Studies
New York, NY
High School for Environmental Studies 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.

Lawndale High School Marine Science Academy
Lawndale, CA
The Lawndale HS Marine Science Academy is a small learning community comprised of experienced, enthusiastic faculty with a variety of marine science backgrounds and of students interested in pursuing science in college or in a technical trade career within the science field.

Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School
Queens, NY
By using New York City as its 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. Students, once empowered, will take action to maintain and create sustainable systems within their neighborhood, community, city, state, country, and world. 

Science and Math Institute (SAMI)
Tacoma, WA
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 School
New Haven, CT
The mission of The Sound 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, NY
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 New York Harbor School
New York, NY
The mission of The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School is to provide a college-preparatory education built upon New York City’s maritime experience that instills in students the ethics of environmental stewardship and the skills associated with careers on the water.

The Urban Assembly School For Green Careers
New York, NY
The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers recognizes that overcoming our planet’s environmental challenges is the biggest task facing the world today. The school understands that as our economy becomes more green, many of the future’s most promising careers will focus on solving the challenges of environmental injustice, and in ensuring equitable access to quality living and resources for all citizens. Today's students will only be able to activate this mission if they are equipped with collaborative problem-solving and reasoning skills, empathy and awareness of how to interrupt injustice, and the knowledge of green industries and environmental issues. Therefore, the school is committed to being a learning community dedicated to personal and community empowerment, college and career-readiness, and equity and access to and for students, families and staff.  

Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation
New York, NY
The mission of the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation is to engage students in a challenging curriculum centered on wildlife conservation and cultivate their life skills, so that every graduate is ready for success in college, has been exposed to the wonders of the natural sciences, and is an independent adult who acts respectfully with regard to his or her community. The school is committed to closing the achievement gap for its students in order to prepare them for a rigorous high school curriculum and an Advanced Regents Diploma. Through the development of habits of mind and heart the students make significant academic gains, are ready for college-success, and develop a clear sense of personal purpose to effect positive change in the world. 

Vistamar School
El Segundo, CA
The Vistamar School believes that learning within a diverse community is necessary for students to thrive in a globalized society. Every day, the school challenges LA’s most diverse student body to collaborate and think critically, inspired by a varied and rigorous curriculum from around the globe. The result is that Vistamar graduates are attractive to the best colleges and empowered to uniquely impact the world as courageous, ethical leaders.

Walter Biddle Saul Agricultural High School
Philadelphia, PA
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 (WALC) at Balboa High School and Downtown High School
San Francisco, CA
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 and Downtown High Schools. 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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