On Friday August 21, 2015 Conserve School welcomed the 63 new students of Conserve School Semester 11 (CS 11). These adventurous juniors and sophomores have elected to spend one semester of their high school career living and learning in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. While at Conserve School the students will take courses that use environmental stewardship and outdoor activities as integrating concepts as well as partake in a variety of adventures including solo camping, canoeing, hiking, biking and a week-long exploration trip. While at Conserve they will learn how attending a semester school can make a world of difference.
CS 11 by the Numbers
This diverse group of students traveled to Conserve School from 15 states, the District of Columbia and China. Conserve School’s home state of Wisconsin was most represented with 33 students. The District of Columbia and Illinois both contributed 4 students. California, Minnesota and Oregon were next with 3 students each. 49 students came from public schools, 7 from private schools and 7 from home schools. of the 63 students, 8 are sophomores and 55 are juniors. Among the student body there are 26 young men and 37 young women. An equal number of students identified themselves as urban and rural with a few more identifying as suburban. 12% of the students identified themselves as non-Caucasian. 6 of the students are following in the boot steps of older siblings.
Upon arriving students and their families visited orientation stations where they did a number of things including confirming their academic schedules, having their pictures taken, checking in at the health center, and moving into their rooms. By 5 o’clock the families had left and the process of getting to know each other began in earnest. After dinner, students and staff gathered to review Conserve School’s core values and discuss what it means to live as a group in community. The evening was completed with a moving candlelight ceremony at a point on campus we call five corners.
Over the past few days I have enjoyed meeting these talented young adults and I look forward to getting to know them better throughout the coming semester. I hope you enjoy these photos from move-in day.
Head of School