Overview

The Environmental Sustainability program incorporates themed units for each grade level that enhance environmental stewardship and creative efforts in sustainability practices. Lessons are designed to actively engage students in the concepts of earth systems science, sustainability, and organic gardening in order to develop environmentally conscious students with a love for nature. The Sustainability curriculum dovetails with each grade level’s curriculum, providing a place for hands-on, project-based learning to flourish. Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade keep a Field Journal to record weather data, chart plant growth, and write descriptive observations about the natural world. Many of the grades experience a seed-to-table approach to organic gardening techniques, eating the fruits (or veggies) of their labor.

Sustainable Programs

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  • Kinder-Garden

    Students in pre-Kindergarten through fourth grades experience hands-on environmental field studies while caring for an organic garden supported by a science-based curriculum. Students learn about nutrition and eat what they grow. Fruits and vegetables grown in the Kinder-Garden include: strawberries, carrots, pumpkin, sugar snap peas, green beans, tomatoes, lettuce and spinach.
  • Aquaponics

    The inspiration to build the aquaponics system began when students and teachers were researching issues of world food production and hunger. They wanted to discover a solution to feed the world’s growing population, without causing environmental harm. Crossover International Academy, our sister school in Ghana, needed a way to grow food without soil, to help feed 250 orphan students. Since there is no arable land to grow crops, the children often went hungry. Aquaponics is a solution to some of these problems, using 90% less water than traditional farming, needing no soil, and preventing harmful runoff in our watersheds and marine environment. Traditional farming creates fertilizer runoff into our streams, rivers, and eventually oceans, causing dead zones where no sea life can live. Aquaponics is a primarily closed-loop system where the waste from the fish is converted to fertilizer for the plants via the nitrogen cycle. The plants then clean the water which returns to the fish for a healthy, environmentally friendly system of growing food. Our sister school now has a fully functioning aquaponics system which provides them with plenty of vegetables and fish for the children to eat as well as an income stream from the leftovers to sell at the local market. The majority of the food grown in the Pegasus aquaponics system is donated to Someone Cares Soup kitchen in Costa Mesa, to help feed those in need locally. Students, who study the aquaponics system here at Pegasus through the middle school elective program, also conduct skype sessions with our sister school to compare/contrast the two systems, trouble shoot together, and engage in meaningful cultural exchanges.
  • Eco Team

    The Eco Team includes parents and teachers whose purpose is to bring awareness to our community about environmental topics. The largest event this group hosts annually is International Earth Day, on or around March 20. The Eco Team also participates in Coastal Cleanup days, and helps to educate our community about pollution, protecting local watersheds and the global water cycle.

Meet Our Faculty

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  • Pamela Conti 

    Director of Environmental Sustainability/ Outdoor Classroom
    Bio

Earth Day 2017

The Pegasus School is a coed, non-profit, nonsectarian day school in Huntington Beach, California, that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. A Pegasus education equips bright, motivated students to achieve future academic success and make a positive impact on society.