SoloQuest and Earth Education Partnership
SoloQuest has offered courses to Sonoma and Marin high school students for 23 years. Now, in partnership with Earth Educators, juniors and seniors of Marin County can participate in the Environmental Education Program.
Students Enrolled in the Environmental Science Program will:
- Take Environmental Studies, satisfying a UC college-prep “d” science requirement
- Take other needed college-prep courses through small group and 1:1 instruction
- Participate in weekly Earth Education on Thursdays
- Participate in weekly Community Experience activities on Tuesdays
A Closer Look at the Environmental Science Course
The course is designed to give students necessary information and critical thinking skills to make informed decisions on environmental issues. It provides integration of fundamental science with present-day environmental issues. The course incorporates labs, teamwork, outdoor trips, and presentation opportunities.
Issues covered include:
- Impacts of human population increase
- Ecosystems and global climate
- Water supply
- Pollution and waste management
- Sustainable practices
Highly trained teachers and specialists engage and guide students in real-life problem solving by using essential questions to spark curiosity and critical thinking skills.
Earth Education positively affects both academic and social-emotional development. Connection to nature reduces mental fatigue and enhances critical thinking, creativity and collaborative teamwork.
Community Experience is required of all full-time students at SoloQuest. The purpose is to engage students in their community, give them real-world experience that translates to employability and integrate their experience with academic achievement.
Students are assisted in finding placement at a business or non-profit of their interest in both the Community Service and Internship semesters.
For each semester of Community Experience, students earn 5 elective credits. In addition to 50 hours of service students must complete:
- Journal writing
- Organizational budget
- Business profile
- Field site investigation paper
- Oral presentation
Fall Semester Community Service / Spring Semester Internship
Community Service and Spring Internship are completed on Tuesdays of each week. Students will:
- Perform 50 hours of service
- Perform tasks that benefit the organization and give students the added benefit of career exploration
The Environmental Program — Academics and More!
The Environmental Program is a science-themed program that incorporates courses required by colleges, while providing students with real-world experiences in a fun, individualized setting.
a. US History / American Government & Economics
b. English 11 & 12 c. Math — all levels
d. Environmental Studies — Science
e. World Languages — Spanish or French
f. College-prep Electives — Art
• Earth Education field trips
• 1:1 and small group instruction
• Community involvement