Burleson ISD announces Norwood Environmental Science Academy as its new school of choice. NESA will integrate science and environmental influences through applications to real environments.
A school of choice offers students the opportunity to explore a specific path while learning the state-required curriculum. From fall 2021, NESA’s specialist program will focus on the environment with increased hands-on and outdoor learning. Gardens will be created for each grade level to provide personalized and experiential learning, and outdoor learning facilities will expand.
“The Norwood Environmental Science Academy provides another opportunity for families to personalize their students’ learning experiences while adapting to our growing community,” said IBSD Superintendent Bret Jimerson, “We have had success with elementary schools focused on STEM, the arts and leadership, and we aim to repeat that success with a school focused on environmental science.
By integrating Project Learning Tree, a program focused on engaging outdoor learning experiences, students will develop an awareness, knowledge and appreciation of the environment. The curriculum aligns with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and correlates with National Curriculum Standards for Science and Social Studies.
Building on students’ abilities to make informed decisions, the program will equip students with important concepts, critical thinking, and decision-making skills while applying goals to what they learn.
“Environmental education provides students with authentic and hands-on learning opportunities throughout the program. These problem-solving and critical thinking skills are essential and will benefit students throughout their academic careers and into their future, ”said April Chiarelli, Director of Studies at BISD.
Norwood will continue to serve students in the attendance area as a neighborhood school. As the school of choice, other IBSD parents can ask their K-5 students to participate through the lottery application system.
Families are invited to learn more about NESA and other schools and programs of choice in BISD during the BISD Virtual Showcase through Friday at bit.ly/virtualbisdshowcase.
NESA will join other top schools available to BISD students including Nola Dunn Academy, Bransom Academy of the Arts, Mound Academy of Leadership and Technology, STEAM in Stribling, Rigorous Educational Arcade Learning Model Secondary, STEAM Middle School and Burleson Collegiate and Crossroads high schools.