The Environmental Science Academy focuses on the sciences and environmental influences. Students regularly conduct indoor and outdoor labs with applications to real world settings. Students will learn how human activity impacts the environment and will obtain the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to productively contribute to real-life solutions. Students investigate real-world, local problems and create unique solutions. They undergo project-based learning in the fields of environmental science, natural resource management, energy science, and culminate their experience with a senior project where they can make a real impact on their community in the area of their choosing. ESA students make a difference.
9th grade: Morro Bay Reedley College and Sequoia National Park
10th grade: Cal Poly, Avila Beach, and San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens Southern California, including kayaking in Newport Bay, UCLA, Cal State Long Beach 1
11th grade: Various Universities Studying aboard a research vessel in San Francisco Bay, Tech Museum, San Jose State
12th grade: Students choose their senior trip. Previous trips have been camping in Monterey, snorkeling at Catalina, and Visiting San Fracisco’s Alcatraz Island.
Projects: Recycling research, presentation, and action plan Landscaping and growing native, drought-tolerant plants Biodiversity studies Senior projects of the student's’ choice
ESA program of study includes:
9th grade: ESA I: Intro to Environmental Science
10th grade: ESA II: Natural Resources
11th grade: ESA III: Energy Science
12th grade: ESA IV: Internships (qualifies for 2 units of college credits)