Rosemont High School’s Green Academy focuses on innovative, Earth-friendly science and technology. Students are prepared for both career and college with the intent of inspiring people to be active participants in social change. Career pathways include Culinary Arts, Green Building / Construction Technology, and Geology. Students graduate with the responsibility to employ sustainable principles to all professions.
Rosemont High is a public high school within the Sacramento Unified School District. The school population is diverse and there are approximately 1,400 students. The Green Academy at Rosemont High has approximately 180 students; courses serve all populations ranging from Special Education to Honors. Currently the school is developing four different garden areas: urban agriculture, a California Native pollinator garden, vernal pond habitat restoration, and a small rooftop-patio edible garden.
The urban agriculture garden area is unique because it is tied to both Culinary Arts and Construction Technology / Masonry (both Career Technical Education or ROP programs), in conjunction with science and social science courses. Having this program of study expands the focus of teaching sustainability within the framework of personal choice to making decisions within the context of industry and workplace. Students are to understand the environmental, economic, political, and social implications of their decisions as both consumers and as producers. Our program is a model for using a garden space to help train students for careers as well as developing college and life skills.