ELEMENTARY Magnet School Programs

MSD Lawrence Township

Phone: (317) 423-8209

Brook Park School of Environmental Studies (West)

At Brook Park School of Environmental Studies, students develop a love and respect for nature as they become strong readers and writers.

The school is home to an outdoor learning laboratory that allows children to study and care for chickens and rabbits. There’s also a pond ecosystem and a greenhouse on campus. Snakes, bearded dragons and other creatures reside in class­rooms allowing students a close-up look at how animals live in a variety of environments.

Students work individually and in small groups to develop problem-solving skills. Hands-on projects that encourage the use of technology and scientific learning tools like microscopes and beakers help to foster children’s natural curiosity.

Literacy is taught using Readers’ and Writers’ Workshops, which immerse students in books, foster a love of reading and writing, and provide authentic writing experiences for students. The Five Easy Steps to a Balanced Math Program allows students to apply math and reasoning skills to solve real-life problems. The result: Lifelong readers who are able to express themselves verbally and in writing and confident mathematicians with a deep understanding of the subject.

At Brook Park, children re­ceive a well-rounded education that includes art, music and physical education. Science and environmental studies topics are woven throughout the curriculum.
Local partners including Lawrence Parks and the Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park help students to broaden their awareness of environmental challenges. Through a variety of outdoor experiences, students develop the critical-thinking skills necessary to take responsible action to preserve our ecosystem.

SCHOOL FEATURES
  • Outdoor Learning Laboratory
  • Pond Ecosystem on Property
  • Chickens Habitat for Observation on Property
  • Project Wild Trained Staff
  • Learning Through Literacy after school tutoring
  • Certified Science Teaching Staff Curriculum Integration Coach
  • 2010/2011 Recipients of the Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Fund Grant for Environmental Education

Visit the Brook Park School of Environmental Studies website