Al Kennedy Alternative High School
|Kennedy school of Sustainability|
|1310 S 8th Street
Cottage Grove, Oregon, Lane County, 97424
|Motto||School of Sustainability|
|School district||South Lane School District|
|Number of students||78|
- Students cultivate their personal identity as a “global citizen” who is contributing to a sustainable future.
- There is an emphasis on solutions to challenges of sustainability. Sustainability themes are integrated in each core curriculum area.
- Students are connected with adult practice communities that are engaged in sustainable development activities.
- Large amounts of curriculum are organized around experiential and service learning. Activities like conservation management; organic farming and forestry; environmental monitoring and mapping support key curriculum elements.
Kennedy focus: five educational domains
The school is "dedicated to creating future leaders in the area of sustainability as well as well-rounded academics.".
Kennedy High School incorporates organic farming practices into a curriculum designed to involve students in the organic farming/agricultural process; from testing soil samples, planting and growing crops, measuring outcomes, and finally marketing.
In 2008 Kennedy partnered with Healing Harvest, a nonprofit organization based in Cottage Grove, to design and build organic gardens at elementary schools across South Lane District, including a master garden on campus.
The school engages in sustainable architecture activities, which teach students the historical aspects of alternative building practice, while participating in local building projects such as a sustainable housing prototype for low-income communities.
The school is working with local landowners to manage their forested and open lands for future generations. Students immerse themselves in all aspects of land stewardship: from walking the land with owners to figuring the trigonometry of easement boundaries; rebuilding animal habitat for local fauna while inventorying forest species; working with local conservation agencies to draft management plans and helping land owners to implement them.
Kennedy High School partners closely with Lane Community College’s Energy Management Program. Beginning winter trimester 2009, Kennedy offered a College Now course “Sustainability 101″, which offers Kennedy students an opportunity to work with college and high school instructors in studying conservation and energy systems.
Kennedy High School's community-based projects help people, students, and community members gain the skills and resources they need to find solutions to sustainability.
Kennedy Conservation Crew
The Kennedy Conservation Corps engages students in the workings of regional and national conservation organizations. Kennedy has engaged in a number of fee-for-service projects with the U.S. Forest Service, Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council, and private landowners.
The Kennedy Apiary
The school has installed three beehives on campus in March 2010 to start a beekeeping program. The Kennedy Apiary promotes vegetable growth in the neighboring community garden, and the beehives allow students to get a hands-on experience to study the ecology of the honeybee.
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