school of environmental studies

Learning in Academic Houses

SES is Divided Into Four Houses

The academic house is both the physical and philosophical division of the school into smaller communities. Each of four houses is made up of about one hundred students in either grade 11 or 12. Two houses are for juniors, two for seniors. The house meets for one-half of each student day.

During house-time the subjects of Language Arts (English and communications), environmental science, and social studies are applied to the study of complex issues related to the environment. Some of the work is highly content-specific while larger studies are of an interdisciplinary nature.

House is scheduled by the staff based on the needs of the day. Sometimes three, one hour classes in each discipline area are needed to deepen understanding of some new concepts. Other times a combination of small group and large group sessions will enhance the likelihood of students making abstract connections between subject matter.