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What is the EcoAcademy?

The EMCS ECO Academy is an innovative, semester-long program that explores scientific and social issues alongside skills associated with ecology, entrepreneurship, community, and experiential place-based learning. Grade 9 and 10 students actively participate in a full-day immersive interdisciplinary program, focused on the central themes of Eco-literacy, Community, Aboriginal Ways of Knowing, and Experiential Learning. Learning is rooted in curricular outcomes, with high standards for extending inquiry, collaboration, and self- direction. Students combine hands-on learning outdoors and in the community, with rigorous classroom and science lab work. They earn credit in Science 9/10; Socials 9/10; Entrepreneurship and Marketing 10; Foods STX 10.

This first cohort of this program will take place September 2020- January 2021, 1st Semester, at Edward Milne Community School. Our school is surrounded by an incredible local community, and next to the ocean, forest and mountains.

Who is this for?

ECO Academy will be a good fit for grade 9 and 10 students who enjoy learning in nature, working together to address real world issues, contributing to community, and learning through hands-on experience


The ECO Academy Fee has been set at $615, including an administrative fee. Scholarships will be available. Students can register through the Sooke School District Academy Site beginning February 3rd.

What does the learning environment look like?

In a usual week, students can expect to spend 60% of their time in a traditional learning environment (a classroom or lab). The remaining 40% will be actively integrated learning in a variety of settings; hiking forests and beaches, growing and preparing healthy and delicious food from a variety of cultures, working together in Community Service Learning, and combining this experience with deep academic inquiry.