ECS combines the academic rigor of the best public schools with a multi-disciplinary, “out the door” learning approach rooted in real world problems that builds active, engaged, empathetic citizens. An average day at the ECS kindergarten might include a picture walk with a book, tearing apart an old toaster to learn what makes it work, and learning a song that teaches the days of the week.
An average day in the ECS sixth grade might include creating stopmotion animation movies for the public service announcements we created in Environmental Literacy class, a math “huddle” to review the key concepts we’ve learned that day, and looking for fossils of microinvertebrates along the creek banks.
Our team values empathy, self-awareness and community. We bring these values and ideas to into our units of study through projects and collaborations.
One meaningful SCIENCE project our students took part in focused on identifying problems in the school or their neighborhoods and designing solutions through innovation and engineering.
In collaboration with Science, CULTURAL LITERACY will concurrently teach a unit on the Civil Rights movement while reading “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The unit will focus on organizing behind an issue and exploring how a powerful social movement can be built today.
A notable project in MATH explored how symmetry impacts human design by having students create their own self-portraits using part of an existing photograph. In Mathematics, we focus on developing students’ conceptual understanding and reinforcing this understanding through practicing skills and procedures that help to develop ECS doings and beings (reasoning, problem solving, communication, and collaboration).
By engaging students in integrated, authentic experiences we are able to close the achievement gap and inspire passion for future careers. Cultural Literacy is a collaborative classroom where literacy and writing are taught through the vehicle of historical themes. We strive to instill empathy in our students by looking at issues from multiple viewpoints. The Science team focuses on becoming critical consumers of information through the use of science practices in students’ everyday lives.
The purpose of EXPLORATORY is to provide middle school students the opportunity to engage in a variety of subjects outside of their everyday class schedule in a way that sparks curiosity and prepares students to make personal learning choices so that students develop passion for learning early on in life.
PRIME (Personalized and Reflective Investment in My Excellence) Time is a time each day dedicated to intensely practicing Math and Literacy skills students have been learning. Groups of students are created based on our Multi-Tiered Support System (MTSS) data. Students split into spaces all across our building, and the lessons that are taught are geared to support and/or enrich students’ skill set based upon their individual needs.
- Out-the-Door Education
- P.R.I.M.E. Time
- Team Teaching
- Specialized Teaching
- Differentiated Instruction
- Technology Integration
Athletics & Activities
- Orchestra: violin, viola, cello
- Band: clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, percussion
- Cross country
- Robotics club
- Art club
- 1 School Counselor
- 1 Social Worker
- 1 School Nurse
- 1 Gifted Teacher
- 2 Administrators
- 2 Academic Coaches
- 18 Teachers
The ECS Upper School houses students from fourth grade through eighth grade. Nestled next to the 644 acre Frick Park, students are often found peering under decomposing logs, taking water samples from the creek, scoping for birds by the Monongahela River or simply hiking through the park with teachers.
With ongoing partnerships GASP and the Penn State Master Gardener program, the outdoor spaces around the school showcase native species of plants and trees, and the current air quality index is measured and broadcast each day on the school’s flagpole. The heart of the ECS Upper School is located in the newly renovated Cafe, a place where students and adults meet, break bread, have a conversation or simply have a restful break throughout the day.
828 Milton Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15218