Antigua Green School
Our campus sits on the southern end of La Azotea, an organic coffee farm, a short walk from Antigua’s historic Central Park. It is the perfect setting to allow children to connect with the natural world by spending time in beautiful, safe and healthy surroundings.
Immersed in nature
Guided by the environment
Working towards a sustainable future
Nature as our home and teacher
What is a Green School?
A green school is a healthy environment conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.
Through the design and construction of Antigua Green School, by greening the operations and maintenance of our infrastructure, and by incorporating sustainability across curriculum and into our community, we can make a tremendous impact on the environment, student health and learning, and school operational costs.
The international “green schools” community is increasingly aligned around three aspirational goals for schools: zero environmental footprint (including energy, water, waste and carbon), a positive impact on occupant health and performance, and 100% of graduates demonstrating environmental literacy, consciousness, understanding and care.
Three pillars—environmental impact, human health and eco-literacy—act as a simple, elegant organizing principle for our community as we journey toward integrated sustainability.
The three pillars help us to understand our goals. But what will it take to get there? A whole-system approach to sustainability requires parents, teachers and students to work together. Successfully advancing towards integrated sustainability requires a shift in practices and policies but also the creation of a school culture that prioritizes our responsibility toward our planet. Staff, faculty, students and parents must create the conditions necessary to journey forward.
Why a Green School?
Antigua Green School emphasizes the connection between humans and their natural surroundings through a unique living school design, extensive time in nature, and courses and subject matter designed to teach us to better care for the environment.
It is essential that we think proactively about the impact of our work on the environment. By limiting the footprint of our school, we set the example for our students so that they learn to care for their living environment. Our classrooms are designed to maximize children's exposure to their natural surroundings, while our curriculum is designed to promote ecological responsibility, incorporate organic garden classes and create opportunities for the children to be outside interacting with the natural world. We carefully consider materials used in the classroom and choose sustainable, nontoxic and earth friendly options. Finally, we maintain nutritional standards that are earth conscious and protect natural, healthy diets for children.
At AGS children don’t just learn that they are part of nature but actually experience it. There are a great number of studies showing how important it is to the development and happiness of children that they spend time in nature.
Further, we believe that if children are immersed in nature and empowered to act then they will choose to protect the natural world around them. Therefore we do not need tell the children how they can be green but instead let them decide how the school engages in sustainable practices. Our hope is that one day our community will produce the green leaders of tomorrow.
Finally, nature itself can teach us many things. So many subjects that in traditional schools are divorced from any kind of reality, can be not just illustrated, but vividly experienced in the natural world. We are developing our curriculum to use the environment of the school and the farm to teach everything from biology to math to poetry.