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Academics & Arts
Upper School (Grades 9-12)
Environmental Justice Semester

Environmental Justice Semester Curriculum

The semester is centered around place-based learning and deep interdisciplinary scholarship while working to build student capacity for compelling storytelling and to foster ethical leadership. English, history, and environmental science courses are taught in interdisciplinary ways, while more discrete subjects such as mathematics and World Languages will be offered online through our longstanding partnership with online educational organization One Schoolhouse (OSH). Our collaboration with OSH provides asynchronous learning that is flexible and complements the EJ semester seamlessly.
For non-Laurel students, the EJ Semester academic advisors work with the student’s high school academic counselor to coordinate course equivalency and transcripts.

Students earn semester credits in:
  • Honors English (The Power of Words)
  • Honors Science (Equitable Solutions for a Changing World)
  • Honors History (Environmental Ethics and Policy)
  • Mathematics (placement is tailored specifically for each student; classes conducted online through One Schoolhouse)
  • World Languages (placement is tailored specifically for each student; classes conducted online through One Schoolhouse)
  • Environmental Justice Action Project
  • Physical Education/Personal Wellness
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