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Environmental Education

High Meadows offers Environmental Education (EE) to students through the infusion of sustainability concepts throughout the International Baccalaureate curriculum. We achieve this through a combination of stand-alone EE classes combined with collaborative efforts between the classroom and the EE teacher. Students develop a connection to their natural world through hands-on field experience using scientific tools and concepts. Solutions to real-world problems are seen through the lens that takes into consideration financial, environmental, and intellectual sustainability.

Curriculum Highlights

Natural Science Museum

This concept encourages our students to explore the outdoors on and off campus and serve as educators to their peers. Students can bring items they find in the natural world, and must make the effort to teach their classmates something about what they brought to share. Often this provocation leads to the use of technology to extend their learning. A microscope connected to the EE classroom Activboard is used to examine specimens closer while responsible use of educational search engines often results in everyone—including the teacher—learning something new.

Curriculum-based Initiatives

High Meadows students get involved and engage in service learning, illustrating the mission of taking action to serve the greater good.

Adopt-a-Stream

Our students take part in field experiments and submit data to a statewide database program used to ensure the quality of our waterways.

Campus Vegetable Gardens

Planned, planted, and harvested by students (with a little weeding now and then by parent volunteers), the campus vegetable gardens provide produce donations to local charities as well as ingredients for classroom cooking projects.

Unit of Study: Conflict

High Meadows students impact the community because the School supports their inquisitive minds and ideas. For example, during a unit study on conflict, students researched the science behind car idling. They crafted a campus campaign to educate parents that resulted with a no-idling policy.

Often School initiatives result in partnerships with outside organizations. We are trained by local officials with the Adopt-a-Stream program to ensure that the data is credible. And the School works with North Fulton Food Charities to deliver fresh vegetables to families in need. Also, our students' no-idling initiative resulted in a strong, long-term relationship with the state-level Clean Air Campaign.

EE-related Campus Resources

40-acre wooded campus
bird-feeding stations
compost bins
upper and lower meadows
butterfly gardens
vegetable gardens
man-made pond for tadpoles and bog studies
native-plant landscape
nature trails
campus stream
picnic tables, benches, and other outdoor study sites
supplemental water source for wildlife
weather station
wildlife shelter
labyrinth

The EE classroom houses the natural science museum, grow lab, a microscope station, reading area, art center, wet area (for ongoing experiments), and a covered deck (serving as a bird and butterfly reserve).

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