Courses

Required School of Environmental Leadership Courses 

The SEL classes utilize core content with a focus on sustainability. Key concepts are expanded upon and strengthened through Environmental Leadership Seminar (or Seminar), a core class for SEL students. Seminar is a class that SEL students take freshman, sophomore, and junior year - seniors focus on their environmentally-focused internships. In Seminar, SEL students complete semester-long projects, including Leadership in Environmental Action Development (LEAD) Projects, and Sustainable Enterprise business plans, which build on project management skills. Below outlines the required SEL courses students take throughout their four years. SEL continually seeks to increase the rigor and academic challenge offered by courses.

9th Grade Required SEL Courses:
Biology English Geography
P.E./Health Seminar     

Freshmen Seminar focuses on two (2) scientific research papers, two (2) LEAD Projects. Additionally, students focus on public speaking, project planning and management, and effective communication skills. 


 

10th Grade Required SEL Courses:
English World History Seminar

Sophomore Seminar focuses on one (1) extended LEAD Project, Earth Week event preparation, planning, coordination, and execution, on becoming skilled environmental education camp leaders, and Portfolio Defense.  


 

11th Grade Required SEL Courses:
Engineering AP United States History Seminar

Junior Seminar focuses on Sustainable Enterprise Development and Implementation, Autodesk Inventor Training, green technology design, and academic and professional communications development. 


 

12th Grade Required SEL Courses:
Economics & Government Environmental Internship

Seniors, in addition to the required courses listed, focus on a year-long environmentally-focused internship. Senior Internships are made possible thanks to a partnership with local colleges, Skyline College in San Bruno and College of Marin in Marin. Seniors will receive college credit for completed internship. 

 

Additional Required Courses:

In addition to the required courses listed above, SEL students must take AP Environmental Science in either 11th or 12th grade. In lieu of AP Environmental Science students may take two (2) full years (or four (4) semesters) of an AP Science, including AP Physics, AP Biology, or AP Chemistry.