Aggie students come from 70 different towns in and around norfolk county. Environmental Science was introduced as a major last year and is expanding. The school sits on 365 acres in Walpole–much of it covered with pastures and forest.It provides a wonderful outdoor classroom. Students are offered a rich assortment of environmental courses, many centered
around clean energy, Global Warming and Climate Change.
Every 9th grader takes a full year of Environmental Science. The course is broken into five main units: Energy, Water, Atmosphere, Land and Life. As part of the Energy unit, all the students go on a field trip to a local net zero solar home to see how super insulation, passive solar, PV and solar thermal systems really work. The basics of Global Warming and Climate Change are covered.
Tenth graders are offered the following courses this year:
Intro to Climate Change -Builds upon the material covered in the 9th grade course.
Students met with the Conservation Law Foundation and visited Boston City Hall to hear about the Climate Ready Boston report.
Energy and the Environment -A project based class in which students build five instructional carts focused on PV, solar thermal, heat pumps, wind turbines and solar ovens.
Forestry -A hands-on vocational class
Natural Resources and the Environment -Focuses on Sustainability. Field trips are taken to the Deer Island Sewage Treatment Plant and the Walpole Water Works.
Next year, 11th graders are offered the following courses:
Climate Change II
Sustainable Forestry Management Mapping and GIS
Twelfth graders in our Building Systems class this year are building three Green Roofs( with help from Tremco Inc.) and a ground mounted roof model for training in mounting PV panels and solar thermal flat plate collectors.
Overall, this program of studies offers students an unusually complete high school Energy and Environmental education.