Fast Facts

Profile

A semester-long immersion in environmental studies and outdoor activities which deepens students’ love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards. The program interweaves college-preparatory academics with:

  • the study of environmental history, nature literature, and the science of conservation,
  • environmental service work,
  • exploration of careers related to conservation,
  • training in teamwork and leadership, and
  • engagement with the outdoors.

Designed primarily for high school juniors, Conserve School incorporates the flexibility to accommodate advanced sophomores.

Location

  • Campus is located just west of Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin
  • Adjacent to the federally-designated Sylvania Wilderness
  • About a 4.5-hour drive north of Madison, Wisconsin, and a 5.5-hour drive northeast of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Campus and Directions

Students

  • 63 students enrolled in the fall 2016 semester
  • Fall 2016 students come from 17 different states and the District of Columbia
  • Over the past seven semesters, on average, students identify as:
    • 32% from urban areas, 31% from rural areas, and 36% from suburban areas
    • 75% from public schools, 15% from private schools, and 9% from homeschools
    • 80% in grade 11, and 20% in grade 10
    • 59% female, 41% male
    • 19% from families with an annual income of less than $65,000 (data from fall 2016 families only)
    • 21% students of color (data from past three semesters)

Sending Schools

Faculty and Staff

  • 21 teachers and teaching fellows, for a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 - 1
  • 49 total faculty and staff

School Directory

Facilities

  • 1,200-acre wooded campus
  • Access to eight campus lakes
  • More than 15 miles of trails on campus, including single-track hiking and biking trails, and double-wide hiking, biking, and ski trails (10 miles of trails groomed for cross-country skiing)
  • More than 25 campus buildings, including clean, well-kept, and modern academic, recreational, and residential facilities
  • Organic garden and orchard

Campus and Directions

Academics

  • College-preparatory, junior-level courses
  • All students are enrolled in five core courses: AP Environmental Science, American Literature and the Land, History of Exploration in America, Stewardship, and Outdoor Skills (physical education)
  • All courses are awarded one-half credit, with the exception of AP Environmental Science, which is awarded one whole credit
  • All courses meet for a minimum of 58 contact hours
  • Spring semester students, over the past three years, have scored an average of 3.70 on the AP Environmental Science exam, more than a point higher than the national average

Academics

Accreditation and Affiliations

Ownership and Governance

  • Private, independent 501(c)(3) organization
  • Governed by five-member Board of Trustees

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Every student enrolled at Conserve School is awarded a Lowenstine Honors Scholarship, valued at $25,000, which covers tuition, room, and board
  • Families of enrolled students are responsible for a small enrollment fee (currently $200)

Affordability

Powered by Finalsite