Fifty nine adventurous juniors and sophomores have elected to spend one semester of their high school career living and learning in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. While at Conserve School the students take required courses that will transfer back to their sending schools in English, history, physical education, environmental stewardship and AP environmental science. These courses, plus art and history electives and Spanish (an optional course) are delivered using experiential learning. All include an outdoor component and have an environmental focus woven throughout. Over the course of the seventeen week semester, students will embark on a series of adventures including solo camping, canoeing, hiking, biking and a week-long exploration trip. By the end of their time at Conserve School, students will know how one semester can make a world of difference.
CS15 by the Numbers
This semester of students come from 18 states and the District of Columbia. Conserve School's home state of Wisconsin is the most represented with 20 students followed by the District of Columbia with 8 students. Minnesota and Oregon both are represented with 4 students. Of the 59 students, 52 students attend public schools, 2 attend private schools and 5 are schooled at home. 5 are sophomores and 54 are juniors. There are 25 young men and 34 young women. An equal number of students identified themselves as urban and suburban with a few less identifying as rural. 21% of the students identified themselves as people of color. 10 out of 59 students have a sibling that attended Conserve School.
Upon arriving students and their families visited orientation stations where they did a number of things including; confirming their academic schedules, having their pictures taken, checking in at the health center, and moving into their rooms. By 5 o'clock the families had left and the process of getting to know each other began in earnest. After dinner, students and staff gathered to review Conserve School's core values and discuss what it means to live in an intentional community. The evening culminated with an outdoor candlelight ceremony deep in the woods of Lowenwood.
Over the past few days it has been my pleasure to meet each of these talented young adults. I consider myself fortunate that I can witness first-hand their Conserve School experience and look forward to getting to know each student better as the semester progresses. Below is a slideshow of photos from move-in day. Please enjoy!
Head of School