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    ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES ACADEMY

     

    This four-year program at Fauquier High School is perfect for students who are interested in environmental studies, forestry, game and wildlife, ecology, natural resource, horticulture, agriculture, and more. Students spend significant time outdoors at the Fauquier Outdoor Lab and on field trips to gain a better understanding of environmental research.

    We are excited to announce the FESA is also collaborating with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation!

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  • Key Elements of the Environmental Studies Program include:

    • Cross-curricular courses with an environmental emphasis
    • Hands-on experiences at the Fauquier Outdoor Lab, FHS Greenhouse, and external environmental and natural research facilities
    • Science-related extracurricular and co-curricular community activities

    To earn the Environmental Studies Academy Honors Medal and Board of Education Seal for Excellence in Science and the Environment, students must:

    • complete all required courses and maintain a 3.0 overall GPA
    • complete 3 different introductory lab sciences and earn a final grade of B or higher
    • complete AP Environmental Science and earn a B or higher
    • complete laboratory or field-science research and present the research in a formal, juried setting
    • complete a minimum of 50 cumulative hours of voluntary community service or extracurricular activities that involve the application of science (i.e. environmental monitoring, protection, management or restoration) by graduation - suggestions will be provided

    To earn the Environmental Studies Academy Merit Medal, students must:

    • complete all required courses and maintain a 2.5 overall GPA
    • complete 3 different introductory lab sciences and earn a final grade of C or higher
    • complete AP Environmental Science and earn a C or higher
    • complete laboratory or field-science research and present the research in a formal, juried setting
    • complete a minimum of 30 cumulative hours of voluntary community service or extracurricular activities that involve the application of science. (i.e. environmental monitoring, protection, management or restoration) by graduation - suggestions will be provided

    To earn the Environmental Studies Academy Certificate, students must:

    • complete all required courses and maintain a 2.0 overall GPA
    • complete 3 different introductory lab sciences and earn a final grade of C or higher
    • complete AP Environmental Science and earn a C or higher
    • complete a minimum of 20 cumulative hours of voluntary community service or extracurricular activities that involve the application of science. (i.e. environmental monitoring, protection, management or restoration) by graduation - suggestions will be provided

     

    ALL Environmental Studies Academy students must maintain a C average and be enrolled in at least one required class each year.

     

    Required Courses for the Environmental Studies Academy:

    • Environmental Science for academy students (9th Grade)
    • Biology for academy students (10th)
    • Chemistry for academy students (11th-12th)
    • Environmental Science AP for academy students (11th-12th)
    • Environmental Literature (10th)
    • Introduction to Natural Resources (9th-12th)
    • Computer Science Principles AP (9th-12th)

    Recommended Courses:

    • Chemistry AP
    • Biology II: Marine Biology
    • Biology AP
    • AP Seminar*
    • AP Research* students will conduct scientific research
    • Horticulture Sciences
    • Greenhouse Plant Production & Management
    • Advanced Mathematics
    • Elementary Functions or Mathematical Analysis
    • Probability & Statistics or Statistics AP
    • Calculus or Calculus AP
    • Geospatial Science (JMU)
    • Human Geography AP

    Note: Courses with an asterisk (*) beside them are research based courses recommended for the FESA Honor and FESA Merit designations.