WHS ‘Efficient Use of Water and Energy Academy,’ or Green Academy
Vision: To build a lasting small-school academy within Woodside High School that will prepare the school’s next generation of leaders for careers in the Green Technology and Environmental Sustainability field.
Mission: Students in the Green Academy will be inspired both in and outside the traditional classroom to become stewards of their environment, leaders in their communities, and innovators in the field of green technology.
As a 'school within a school' we offer:
All courses are A-G Approved, including CTE Courses
CORE ACADEMIC COURSES-Include emphasis on environmental issues
Social Studies: Modern European History, US History, Economics and American Government
Science: Environmental Biology and Environmental Chemistry
English II, III and IV
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION COURSES
Environmental Horticulture Science (GA CTE I)
This course serves as the first year elective/CTE course for students enrolled in the Green Academy. It addresses sustainability and the use of natural resources in the context of agriculture, biology and horticulture. It offers a course of study focused on aspects integral to the study of environmental science, including energy and alternative energy sources, use of natural resources, soil science, food production and distribution, plant identification and topics related to climate. As part of the curriculum students maintain a large on-site organic garden, complete with dozens of fruit trees, nine raised bed gardens, two greenhouses, a composting system, five bee hives, 17 chickens and an outdoor classroom. Additionally, students travel off site on curriculum-related study trips twice per semester.
Water: California’s Liquid Gold (GA CTE II)
This course serves as the second year elective/CTE course for students enrolled in the Green Academy. This course continues to build on energy and concepts concerning use of natural resources as Environmental Horticulture: GA CTE I. This class provides in-depth exploration of the fundamentals of water resource use, management and conservation, as well as the economic, political, and scientific controversies that surround water use in California and the Western United States. After a foundation of basic concepts (natural systems, watersheds, water rights, and resource use), students examine how local, State and Federal Government projects (LA Aqueduct, Central Valley Project, State Water Project, the Hetch Hetchy System and the Colorado River Aqueduct) have influenced the growth of agribusiness and population within California. The class concludes by examining current events affecting the status-quo of California's water use (drought, San Joaquin River Restoration Project, the Peripheral Canal plan, the environmental health of the Sacramento River and the San Joaquin River Delta). For reference and perspective, students also study water use and scarcity in a variety of other countries. In this way concepts of human geography are studied in relation water consumption, distribution, and management.
As part of this course, students are paired with industry professionals in a yearlong mentorship relationship. Course content supports connection to water-related environmental fields through field trips to the local wastewater treatment plant, creek monitoring and testing labs, and visits by mentors who work in energy and natural resource-related fields. Through this course students have the opportunity to become officially certified with the US Environmental Protection Agency in Watershed Training.
Sustainable Design (GA CTE III)
This course serves as the third year elective/CTE course for students enrolled in the Green Academy. This course continues to build on concepts and controversies covered in GA CTE I and GA CTE II. The core of the first semester is Strategic Energy Innovations' Sustainability Certification Course: Green Building. Students explore the benefits and general concepts behind green building design and features, government programs and initiatives, and the implementation of green building measures to reduce social, environmental, and economic impacts. Topics covered are sustainable living, the science of buildings, the construction process, energy and water conserving residential systems, and sustainable materials.
The second semester implements Project Lead the Way's Introduction to Engineering Design curriculum to provide the students with an understanding of the engineering design process and the basic sketching skills used to communicate their designs. The students are given a working knowledge of Computer Aided Design, with which they design and build a model home.
The focus of instruction is on providing students with a foundation in green building concepts and practices. Through this course, students gain skills directly applicable to the expanding green trades, gaining an ability to identify and evaluate green building sites and features and opportunities for improving the functionality of a building in order to reduce resource consumption and improve indoor air quality. The course addresses areas of workforce growth in California and provides the necessary context for students as they move towards such fields. Career pathways in a variety disciplines are discussed, and are the topic of individual student research. The course also provides them with a theoretical background as they pursue academic studies and careers in environmental and science.
WOODSIDE ACADEMY MENTOR PROGRAM
“The Mentor Program was one of the best experiences I had in high school. I really got to see
how things are out in the real world.”
“My mentor and I had so much in common. It was great to know someone who had been
to college and help me think it was something I could do.”
Each year the Academy Mentor program pairs 11th grade Academy students with a professional adult from the community. Student career interests are widespread, and range from environmental design, business and technology to medicine and law enforcement. The mentor provides guidance and advice in directing students toward a successful academic and professional career. In addition, the mentor serves as a role model for students by demonstrating professionalism so students can understand what attributes are necessary to be successful in a career and in life.
Time commitment: Serving as an effective mentor requires approximately 2-4 hours per month, from October through May. The mentor and student are expected to contact each other every two weeks via e-mail, telephone, or face to face meetings. (The participants decide what communication method is most convenient.) With the guidance of the instructor, the student will initiate the majority of these contacts, and two of the face-to-to face meetings take place on Woodside’s campus at our Mentor Breakfast events. While the mentor-mentee relationship officially ends after 11th grade, most mentors and their students remain in contact through graduation.
Objectives for the Student: Develop an awareness of business and career opportunities, improve self-esteem, increase knowledge of the relationship between school and work, establish relationship with a successful, working adult, develop a deepened understanding of how to make goals and to keep them.
Objectives for the Mentor: Make a difference in the life of a teen who needs your friendship and support, contribute to successful graduation rates, increase the number of responsible community members and employees in California.
To volunteer, or for further information, please contact:
Director of Mentoring and Career Services
Current mentors include representatives from: Adobe / Advocates for Athletes / American Express / Business Travel / Apple / Arterra Landscape Architects / American Society of Landscape Architects / Buck’s of Woodside / City Living Expos / Cloudera / County of San Mateo District Attorney /David Thorne, Landscape Architect / Design Work / Environmental General Counsel LLP / Express Global Business Travel /Facebook / Google / Haus / Law Office of Mitri Hanania / Lucille Packard Children's Hospital / Lyngso/ Oak Grove Chiropractic & Wellness / O|CB Studio / Paradigm Design Group / Pentair Electrical / Pon & Associates / Redwood City Parks Department / Sage Cuisine / San Mateo County Office of Sustainability / San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office / San Mateo Credit Union / SAP Software Solutions / Seneca Family of Agencies /Sequoia Union High School District, Board of Trustees / Silicon Valley Clean Water / Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Psychology Stanford’s Reinventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWit) / Torani / WL Butler Construction /Woodside Bakery & Café / Woodside Fire Protection District
SPONSORS AND INDUSTRY PARTNERS - The Green Academy's many success are due to the donations and support of generous businesses and organizations: Sequoia Union High School District / / San Mateo County Office of Education / Acterra / Buck's of Woodside / The Foundation for Youth / Investment / Grassroots Ecology / Grousbeck Family Foundation / Hidden Villa Ranch / Lyngso / Oracle / RecycleWorks / Safe Routes to Schools / The San Francisco Water Department / Silicon Valley Clean Water / South System Bayside Authority / The Swain Barber Foundation