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Creating local and global citizens

The world needs active global citizens who are engaged in the world, knowledgeable about its diversity and passionate about change. Making a difference requires information and ideas that inspire and motivate the global community to act. We take this call very seriously, and at ECS we believe that as part of a community and global citizens we have a responsibility to act. We want every student to accept the idea that the effects of small actions are not always obvious, but by working together specific and tangible outcomes are achieved.

Learning outside the box

We seek to enhance all the available forms of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities for reflection

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“A philosophy, pedagogy, and model for community development that is used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and / or content standards”

— The National Youth Leadership Council.

ECS hopes to empower each of our students to give back to their communities! We reinforce this commitment through a pragmatic, progressive experience to community service throughout the year.

Learn more about our service learning opportunities here:
  • WE School
  • Beach clean-up overnight trip
  • Food Bank
  • Mary’s Place

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“Research indicates that having access to nature improves well-being throughout a person’s lifespan”

— Mayo Clinic, 2015

ECS strives to balance the rigorous academic standards that our students can access with outdoor learning. Outdoor learning is much more than fieldtrips and access to the community; outdoor education at ECS is about getting involved and promoting the protection of the ecosystem of our planet Earth through active and hands on learning. Outdoor learning is part of our curricula and as a school we take three overnight trips a year.

Learn more about our outdoor learning experiences here:
  • Camping at Deception Pass
  • Winter Outdoor Learning at ECS

Emerald City School believes education is ubiquitous:
learning happens everywhere.