Earhart Environmental Magnet Elementary School
|Earhart Environmental Magnet Elementary School|
|4401 North Arkansas Avenue
Wichita, Kansas 67204
|Type||Public, Elementary School, Grades K-5|
|Motto||Earhart "grows" neat kids!|
|Enrollment||340 students (soon to be 450)|
Earhart Environmental Magnet Elementary School is a public, elementary school in Wichita, Kansas named after Kansas aviator Amelia Earhart. Situated on an 10-acre (40,000 m2) site, a magnet school, it incorporates the District curriculum with an environmental education.
Although the school has a standard curriculum, a lot of resources at the school are aimed at improving environmental awareness through the addition of numerous 'environmental' courses. These include looking at ecosystems including oceans, deserts, and grasslands. The school also uses field trips and outdoor experiences to enhance the environmental aspects of their courses. This includes lab studies, field trips and camping trips. The school also teaches the students recycling through a comprehensive recycling program. The school is also an OWLS (Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site) and is part of the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program.
During the 1989-90 school year, Earhart Environmental Magnet Elementary School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.
The school has also received awards from local government including in 2000, the Quality Performance Accreditation, the State award for excellence in Maths and Science and in 2004 the Improving learning through technology award (which included a grant). Environmentally, the school received the Great Plains Earth Institute "Earth Stewardship Award" in 2004.
- Wichita Public Schools - Earhart Environmental Magnet
- School Profile
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), accessed May 11, 2006
- CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
- Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."