At the Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker, students are engaged in a rigorous, relevant curriculum which integrates the environmental sciences through the following over-arching goals:
- Use scientific process/inquiry skills to solve environmental problems and to effectively communicate results.
- Infer, interpret, and draw conclusions to support arguments with evidence from conflicting views on environmental issues.
- Use sustainable practices and apply them to real-world situations.
- Participate in environmentally-based service learning and collaborate with community partnerships.
- Apply science literacy to new learnings and observations.
- Identify environmental factors which affect living organisms.
- Interpret the local landscape by identifying key features including: flora, fauna, topography, and human impact.
The Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker is a direct result of the historic, landmark civil rights lawsuit Sheff vs. O’Neill. ESM is fortunate to be a part of this positive change to reduce ethnic, racial, and economic isolation of Hartford students while closing the achievement gap.
As a proactive, voluntary solution, magnet schools were supported as a way to provide choice, theme-based education, and innovation to students throughout the greater Hartford region in order to diversify the populations of our schools without forced integration or re-districting of schools. We believe that ESM proudly illuminates the best-practices of magnet schools while helping to erase zip codes and political boundaries which have traditionally limited the diversity of our schools and programs.
Please take a moment to review the links below regarding the Sheff v. O’Neill State Supreme Court case.