ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE PATHWAY

About Environmental Science Pathway

WHAT IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE PATHWAY?

The Environmental Science Pathway is designed for students interested in understanding, preserving and protecting our environment. The Environmental Science Pathway is a two-year program for students in 11th and 12th grades that want to develop their skills in understanding, preserving and protecting the environment. The Pathway offers unique experiences designed to support and promote the study of the environment and environmental careers. All students are welcome to apply to the Environmental Science Pathway. However, the program material is challenging and space is limited (30 students per class).

PATHWAY OPPORTUNITIES

  • Engage in weekly field trips
  • Participate in internships
  • Receive training in the use of state of the art scientific equipment and techniques
  • Collaborate with professional scientists
  • Design and present scientific research projects
  • Acquire practical experience with environmental careers

HANDS ON CURRICULUM

  • Lab activities
  • Weekly on-site fieldwork in the Presidio National Park
  • Classroom lectures and discussions
  • The curriculum offers a wide variety of experiences that are not traditionally found in most science classes

PROGRAM GOALS

  • To teach students the fundamentals of environmental science and ecology.
  • To develop stewardship.
  • To understand interconnections between humans and the environment.
  • To expose students to environmental careers.
  • To train students in the use of modern field skills and technology:
    • Global Positioning System
    • Chemical Test Kits
    • Electronic Monitoring Probes
    • Plant Identification
    • Habitat Assessment
    • Computer Graphing
    • Computer Data Analysis

PATHWAY SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS

  • 9th grade – Biology
  • 11th grade – Marine Science
  • 12th grade – Environmental Internship/Advanced Placement Environmental Science

STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE

  • 5 extra high school science credits
  • 1-2 college credits through CCSF
  • Opportunities to apply for Internships

PARTNERSHIPS

Each of these organizations contributes to the development of the academic and experiential components of this environmental science program. Galileo Academy has formed partnerships with:

  • Crissy Field Center
  • Hyde Street Pier
  • National Park Service
  • Presidio Trust
  • US Environmental Protection Agency EPA
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA

CONTACT INFO

Lisa Franzen - AP Environmental Science Pathway Lead Teacher
Room 108 | (415) 749-3430 x3108 | FranzenL@sfusd.edu

Denise Kwan - AP Environmental Science Pathway Teacher
Room 357 | (415) 749-3430 x3357 | KwanD1@sfusd.edu