school of environmental studies

Welcome to the School of Environmental Studies

Imagine yourself at a school where you are challenged to grow academically within the school and in environments outside of the school. Imagine a small school where the entire staff is available to help you develop your strengths and strengthen your shortcomings. Imagine what you could bring to a school filled with great individuals working together to understand how people come to live in their many environments.

Applications are taken year round for students both inside and outside the boundaries of Independent School District 196.

SES is currently accepting applications from current sophomores and juniors for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.

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for the 2018-19  School Year

"In brief, the function of knowledge is to make one experience freely available to other experiences." - John Dewey

“The experience I had at SES and the friends I made will last a life time.”


content integration • question driven • thematic design

Grade 11

A three trimester study of the relationship between humans and the natural world. Foundational studies of the living planet and of the development of human civilization in relationship to it.

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Grade 12

A three trimester study of the impact of humans on the natural world. Foundational studies of biodiversity, sustainability and of the relationships between human activity and the quality of life on the planet.

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A rich elective program broadens the student's understanding of the world providing a final foundational base for thinking about and acting on environmental issues.

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Field Studies

Field Studies are a great example of our idea of "school without walls." They are academic excursions around the planet and are intended to immerse students in new climates, cultures and environmental issues.

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Intensive Themes

Intensive Theme courses allow students to explore one subject intensively over a short period of time. These courses occur near the end of each trimester. Courses cover a wide range of interests.

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"SES gave me the tools to be successful in college through unique educational experiences and challenging curriculum."

Lisa '04 - SES Alumna

"The lunch menu wasn’t quite as comprehensive :-), but everything else about the school was leaps and bounds ahead of other school options."

Kyle '01 - SES Alumnus

"It's a school that is based on earth's environments that quietly educates its students more about the human environment and what that means to grow as a person on this planet."

Isaac '04 - SES Alumnus

"SES provided an immersive learning experience where I found a new passion for learning through an environment of mutual respect, exploration and engagement across teachers, staff, and students."

Trevor '98 - SES Alumnus

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Friends Who Share Your Passion

At SES we believe social interaction is a key component to learning. Effective communities value collaboration, flexibility, and respect of one another. New perspectives are gained through intercultural communications, and they strengthen relationships between people. And we believe that active, experiential learning is fundamental.

Travel Opportunity

Field Studies

Current and Past Study Locations

Chippewa River
Missouri Biking
Glacier National Park
South Florida Ecosystems
Southern California
Superior Hiking Trail

United Nations- NYC
UN Climate- Denmark
UN Climate- Mexico
UN Climate- Qatar
UN Climate- Poland

Costa Rica
New Zealand
South Africa

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Registration dates are listed in the school calendar. Note that registration forms from incoming juniors are collected either at the registration open house or during the second registration homeroom at the home high schools. Senior registration forms are collected in house but can also be dropped off or mailed to the office. Students enrolling from outside the district will complete forms during afternoon or evening registration meetings.

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