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Northern Waters Environmental School

Northern Waters Environmental School is a coeducational public charter school for students in grades 6 through 12.

Institution Type: Public Setting: Rural


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Northern Waters Environmental School is for students in grades 6- 12 who want to take their learning outside and learn through hands-on projects.


Northern Waters features a blend of student-driven and teacher-initiated projects that integrate core subjects to meet credit requirements for graduation.

Seminar is the portion of the day where students work on teacher-initiated projects designed around a central theme such as Hayward’s Watershed, Forestry, Wildlife Management, Land Management, Hunting and Conservation, etc.

Example seminar: Hayward’s Watershed Components within that seminar: fishing, fish anatomy/dissection, stream monitoring, canoeing to interact with the watershed, fish taxidermy, engineering a watershed model, research into historic uses of Hayward’s watershed, reading Aldo Leopold’s “Round River” essay

ALEKS Math is the online math program that students use at Northern Waters. This allows students to learn math at their own pace through individual and small group work. Students can choose to complete one math class each year in order to stay on track for graduation or work at an accelerated pace for advanced placement.

Independent Learning Projects are the part of the day when students design projects that meet credit requirements through topics they are interested in learning about.

Field Day happens at least once a week. Unlike field trips, students are not passively receiving information. On field days, students work on projects that make a difference in the community and are closely connected with classroom projects.

Mission Statement

Northern Waters Environmental School is a project-based learning community in the Hayward Community School District where students explore their natural, economic and cultural environment to foster collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. With educator and partner support, students develop the skills and confidence needed to achieve in all academic areas.



Public charter schools are supported through lower levels of direct, public funding, as well as though private subsidies. As with district public schools, they do not charge tuition to students who attend them.


Students at Northern Waters can participate in any extracurricular activities offered by the Hayward Community School District.
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