Classroom and Community
Environmental education reaches all Academy students through the science curriculum. Sixth grade students study water resources, seventh grade students study biodiversity, and eighth grade science focuses on earth systems and human interactions. Students in the grades 9-12 may take a year-long course in ecology and environmental biology, with field trips including tree plantings in the Bosque, overnight expeditions to Trail End Ranch in the Gila, fire ecology studies in Los Alamos, and attending conferences on topics such as organic farming and land restoration. In addition, other departments such as history and world languages integrate units on natural resources, human impacts, and environmental justice.
Students in grades 6-12 participate in the Environmental Club. The club's activities include recycling festivals, water festivals, youth leadership conferences, gardening, the annual Trashion Fashion show, recycling, and energy audits. Older students take the lead in organizing events and foster leadership in younger students. In addition, the Chargers in Action service requirement initiates student involvement with the upkeep of their campus. Students work in the gardens mulching, pruning, and weeding, and also help with the campus recycling program.