Achieve School Choice Guide: ECS – Learning that Gets Remembered

The Environmental Charter School (ECS) believes that learning rooted in real world problems goes deeper, builds passion, and gets remembered. We educate for sustainability through a multi-disciplinary, “out-the-door” learning approach that integrates the UN Sustainable Development Goals and academic rigor to build active, engaged, and empathetic citizens.

ECS, a K–12 public charter school located in Pittsburgh’s East End community, provides a unique, innovative curriculum that challenges students to grapple with how decisions made in the built, natural, and social environments are interconnected through eco-literacy courses.

As students progress through their K–12 academic journeys at ECS, they are welcomed by age appropriate, sustainability based academic themes at each building level:

  • Play (K–2)
  • Curiosity (3–5)
  • Agency (6–8)
  • Activism/Advocacy (9–12)

These authentic learning concepts focus on the development of the whole child and are identified in students’ day to day work. Primary’s play based learning model inspires love for the environment and learning; Intermediate’s use of wonder and adventure in and around Frick Park sparks questions, exploration, investigation, and the desire to seek knowledge about the world; Middle School’s student based interest groups and electives such as Bridging Black Brilliance, Art Tech Fusion, and the Art of Debate empowers our students to take action to make a difference in their education and environment; and High School’s volunteer work and community integration provides students with the opportunity to advocate for themselves and sustainability.

To learn more about ECS and to see our students in action, schedule a tour at

ECS. We Grow Citizens.

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