Environmental School
1800 Lakeshore Dr | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54603 | 608-789-7980 | Fax: 608-789-7175 | School Hours: 8am - 2:40pm | Supervision Starts: 7:45am

Welcome to Summit Environmental School!

School hours 8:00am – 2:40pm

Office hours 7:15am – 3:45pm


The mission of Summit Environmental School is to provide students with a solid educational foundation in the core academic areas with an environmental focus integrated throughout the curriculum.  


  • Students need a strong foundation in the basics of reading, writing, math & science.

  • By integrating environmental concepts throughout the curriculum students will gain an in-depth understanding of the interrelationship between natural systems and people.

  • Experiential hands-on learning provides students with the opportunity for discovery and authentic learning.

  • The outdoor environmental zones give students first hand experiences in natural environments.

  • Our school’s safe and nurturing environment will empower students to grow into productive, contributing citizens


Summit Environmental School students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the natural environment and the interrelationship among natural systems and people

  • develop an understanding and commitment to environmental stewardship

  • be able to identify, investigate and evaluate environmental problems and issues, be able to communicate this understanding to others, and use this information as they become active citizens

  • develop an understanding and appreciation of the many different recreational activities that exist in the natural environment and how their recreational activities impact environmental systems.


In order to create a quality educational experience for all students, we believe it is important to provide opportunities for students to:

  • routinely reflect on the quality of their own work and on the appropriateness of their own behavior

  • experience hands-on activities and to be active participants in their learning

  • work cooperatively with each other to solve problems and learn from one another

  • take responsibility for their own learning and the learning of others

  • develop pride in their work, pride in their school, and pride in the contributions to others

  • demonstrate application and transfer of knowledge to problem solve

  • see the inter-relationships between subject areas through thematic teaching practices

  • acquire appropriate social skills such as being respectful of individual differences

  • clearly understand parent and teacher expectations

  • to have some choices in what they study, and in how to demonstrate their learning

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