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About Aldo Leopold Charter School

ALCS Mission:

Aldo Leopold Charter School provides an engaging and challenging educational program emphasizing direct experience, inquiry learning, stimulation of the creative process, and stewardship of our community and natural environment.

ALCS Vision:

Aldo Leopold Charter School graduates will use the skills, perspectives, and information they gain at school to enhance their own lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

ALHS provides rigorous inquiry-based curricula in the classroom and the field. Each grade level spends a week per school year backpacking in the wildernesses. Numerous other curricular field trips are offered to bring to life marine ecology, urban and rural issues, sustainability concerns, and cultural diversity. Students work intensively in the classroom four days per week and one day of internships in the community and the natural environment.

ALHS meets the needs of high school students who desire to connect their education with the real world. These students learn best when given opportunities to think critically “outside the desk”. Student leadership is strongly valued at the school, and includes students’ annual revision and adoption of the school values by which all staff and students conduct themselves.

Richard Louv, Dr. Howard Gardner, and many other educational researchers have documented the importance of integrating nature into educational curricula. Here in southwestern New Mexico we are privileged to have the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wildernesses as our backyard for students to link school and nature. We also are fortunate to be close neighbors with Mexico, providing an opportunity for cross-cultural experiences. Enhanced learning occurs when students connect their schoolwork to their own lives, both through project-based learning and the involve­ment of people and institutions they know in their own community. Through these experiences, ALHS puts into practice Mr. Leopold’s writings on land ethics and community in A Sand County Almanac (1947), “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

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Aldo Leopold Charter School


1422 Hwy. 180 E, Silver City, NM 88061
P: 575.538.2547 | F: 575.388.4970