Award Year: 2016

Environmental Academy of Research Technology and Earth Sciences

2626 Michael Drive
Newbury Park, CA, 91320-3252

(805) 498-3686

Mr. Jeff Rickert, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Conejo Valley Unified School District

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The Environmental Academy of Research Technology and Earth Sciences (EARTHS) helps students embrace the future through an inquiry oriented, integrated earth sciences and technology curriculum.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 54%
  • Hispanic: 23%
  • Asian: 16%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 18%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
SHRUBS (Students Restoring Unique Biomes) presenting collaborative projects to peers.

SHRUBS (Students Restoring Unique Biomes) presenting collaborative projects to peers.

EARTHS Magnet School, located in the quiet Southern California suburb of Newbury Park, provides a setting where students are actively engaged in comprehensive, inquiry-based classrooms using the lens of environmental studies where students examine earth, life, and physical strands of science. EARTHS promotes learning as an integrated, interdisciplinary process rather than as a series of isolated subjects. By delving more deeply into subjects with a cross-curricular approach, EARTHS helps students acquire the tools of inquiry and problem solving allowing individual learners to become imaginative and independent thinkers. Our concept builds upon the Common Core 21st-century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

In addition to rigorous academics in the classroom, all K-5 students participate in an outdoor environmental program through a partnership with the National Park Service. Activities are based on State academic content standards and the EEI curriculum (Education and the Environment Initiative) created by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

The program takes place a short distance from our campus within the Santa Monica National Recreation Area and is designed to enhance students' understanding of science in real world settings. The curriculum offers a multi-disciplinary approach in language arts, social studies, physical education, math, and the fine arts. Service learning is a major component. Our students' work includes habitat restoration, signage, litter control, and spreading environmental awareness. Students complete the program with a solid understanding of environmental issues and have the ability to serve as productive citizens in both the indoor and outdoor world around them.