The Greene School
The Greene School
94 John Potter Road Unit #3
West Greenwich, RI 02817
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Brendan Haggerty
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The Greene School

About The Greene School

The Greene School is a State-wide Public Charter School. The mission of The Greene School is to “develop citizens and leaders engaged in finding peaceful and sustainable solutions to local and global challenge”.  The Greene School embraces an expeditionary-based pedagogy and strives to impart the values of integrity, compassion, tolerance, perseverance, and responsibility-both personal as well as societal.  By providing direct experiences in nature, along with the latest in environmental science and technology, we prepare our students to be informed, skilled, innovative, and involved community leaders.  Our students will grow academically and socially, become the environmental stewards of the future, and actively manage the limited resources that we share as a global community.

We serve students from twenty-two (22) districts across the state of Rhode Island including urban, suburban, and rural communities.  We are a unique schooling option for students in grades 9-12 because of our commitment to engaging a diverse student population in environmental education and social justice.  20% of the TGS students receive services for special education, 10% for 504 plans, and 15% are identified as English Language Learners.  Students come to The Greene School because of our expeditionary focused EL Education learning philosophies and practices.  They are eager to explore their identity as learners and the contributions they are able to make as informed citizens and active community leader.

How We Teach Our Cities

Our school uses the urban environment predominantly for fieldwork learning experiences.  Some of the strong examples of fieldwork include service work at urban farms, conducting research in urban communities, and visiting key city infrastructure such as wastewater treatment plants.  The Greene School collaborates with schools in urban areas for service work such as our Waste Solution Summit, which brings awareness to students in elementary and middle school about the impacts of their day-to-day choices on sustainable waste management.  We help our students to become leaders by providing them with opportunities to be leaders within their local and surrounding communities.   

Another example of how TGS uses the urban communities as laboratory experiences was found in our 2015-2016 grade 12 expedition fieldwork. Groups of students worked to identify urban communities near industrial and brownfield sites to survey for positive and negative implications. Students collected data about the abundance of both amenities and burdens within each area.  Students analyzed this data and wrote reports about the environmental and social impacts of industry on urban communities. 

Blog Posts

Challenges & Changes: Expeditions at The Greene School

  Brendan Haggerty           March 19, 2018

Expeditions are the defining, rewarding, engaging core of students’ experiences at the Greene School. They are totally worth all the energy we put into them. But it’s important to acknowledge that there are many challenges to this to approach to teaching and learning, for both teachers and students.  For teachers, one of the greatest challenges is...

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Students at the Center

  Joel Tolman           February 9, 2017

What happens when students sit at the center of conversations about improving their schools? Last Friday at Connecticut River Academy in Hartford, we found out. Twenty students from five urban public high schools sat down for a conversation about their schools. Two dozen teachers and school leaders perched and stood around the circle, leaning in...

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In the Nature and Society Expedition, students explore the relationship between nature and early European, American, and Native American societies. The expedition culminates in the development of a plan for addressing challenges to Mashapaug Pond, a... read more
During​ ​the​ ​​Talking​ ​Trash​ ​​Expedition​ ​at​ ​The​ ​Greene​ ​School​ ​students​ ​explore​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​important​ ​environmental​ ​problem​ ​we​ ​face​ ​as​ ​a​ ​society,​ ​waste. Case-studies​ ​in​ ​this​ ​expedition​ ​explore​ ​... read more
This expedition explores the lasting impact of various conflicts, and how to move forward toward personal and societal reconciliation. The culmination of student learning is a published book, The Road to Reconciliation, which will examine the... read more
Our Place by the Sea involves a year-long curriculum on sustainable development that examines threats to key marine species through the study of historical patterns and ocean development planning. Students create website, curriculum kits, and... read more
At the start of 9th grade, Greene School students immerse themselves in the culture, community, and climate of the Greene School as they examine historic and contemporary cultures and communities beyond the school. Students work in groups... read more
In the second half of 9th grade, Greene School students dive into a study of food justice and sustainable agriculture, culminating in proposals for improving healthy food access at the schoo and in their home communities.  
Hear voices from students, sharing how their schools live up to their environmental and social justice missions, and where they come up short. 
This poem by Tiara Morse evolved through several rounds of revision into a powerful piece of writing that both reflects this students’ own voice, and her mastery of standards and content.
Each Learning Expedition culminates with a final product. The Final Product Guide is the primary document that communicates expectation, timeline and process to students. The Performance Guidelines focus in on the public performance of this product... read more
The syllabus for each Learning Expedition communicates the most essential components of each Learning Expedition including the course case studies, fieldwork and final product description. This syllabus describes The Greene School's 11th grade... read more
Each expedition final product is evaluated using a common performance rubric -- focusing on how students’ work demonstrates mastery of content area standards.