Partnership Programs at El Sol Academy
With a primary focus on science education, the 9th graders at Sage Hill facilitate a multi-dimensional, cross-curricular approach to teaching the 3rd graders from El Sol and EB Cole about healthy lifestyles. Using Sage Hill’s Teaching and Learning Garden, students focus on key concepts such as organic farming, sustainability, renewable resources, soil chemistry and composition, animals and farming, physical education, and food awareness. Not only do the 9th grade students participate in the year-long service learning project, but what they share with the 3rd graders directly ties into their science curriculum at school.
The 10th graders at Sage Hill work closely throughout the year with 4th graders from El Sol Science and Arts Academy, Edward B. Cole Academy and Wilson Elementary. The primary focus for this partnership is literacy, with Sage students helping to teach fundamental, state-standard based concepts using story-telling, poetry and short story writing as teaching tools. As with the 9th graders, not only are the 10th graders helping the elementary students with fundamental academic needs, but the content of what they teach ties directly into their own 10th grade English curriculum.