Teaching Our Cities connects urban public high schools in New England and New York -- building our capacity to use our cities as learning laboratories, root our schools in the cities our students call home, and help young people grow into powerful environmental leadrs and successful college students. In 2016, Common Ground sought applications from peer schools across the region, and -- with the help of our project advisors -- selected five schools to join in an ongoing capacity-building effort.


Boston Green Academy

Brighton, MA
Chamberlain Segrest, Director of Green Programming

Boston Green Academy welcomes diverse students of all abilities, educates and empowers them to succeed in college and career, and prepares them to lead in the sustainability of our community and world.

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Common Ground High School

New Haven, CT
Joel Tolman, Project Director, Teaching Our Cities

Common Ground High School -- the nation's longest-running environmental charter school -- is committed to growing a new, more diverse generation of successful college students and powerful environmental leaders. Common Ground is located on 20 acres of city park land, and also operates an urban farm and community environmental center.

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Connecticut River Academy

East Hartford, CT
Michele Saulis, Environmental Theme Coach

Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College is a magnet high school located along the Connecticut River in East Hartford. CTRA's sustainability theme provides hands-on learning in environmental studies and advanced manufacturing. CTRA also offers unique college and career experiences, including the opportunity to earn tuition free college credits.

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New Roots School

Ithaca, NY
Tina Nilsen-Hodges, Principal & Superintendent

New Roots Charter School is a small urban public high school in Ithaca, New York. Our mission to educate for sustainability and justice by fostering understanding of the human and natural history of our city and region, and creating strong, respectful working relationships between people of diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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The Greene School

West Greenwich, RI
Brendan Haggerty, Science, Instructional Guide

The Greene School embraces an educational discipline of 'learn-by-doing.' Known as EL Education (Expeditionary Learning), our approach is rooted in the idea that learning is active, challenging, meaningful, public, and collaborative. Our students grow academically and socially, become environmental stewards.

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Two Rivers High School

Hartford, CT
Lauren Amaturo, Science Theme Coach

Two Rivers Magnet High School is a dynamic and diverse science and technology-based urban learning community with an environmental science focus. Our mission is to inspire and prepare our students to meet the challenges of the 21st century through a robust academic program.

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