Environmental Studies Academy

Environmental Studies Academy

Departmental Chair, Omawunmi Iyoha


Theme: Guardians of the Earth
Symbol: “Fern”

Central High School Pillar: Persistence: firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.



The vision of Environmental Studies Academy is to enhance our appreciation of the natural and human-made environment and gain in-depth knowledge of environmental policies and decision-making processes as it affects our lives, immediate surroundings, and beyond. We believe that experience-based learning, whether in the field or in the laboratory is essential for optimal learning and career preparation. The faculty asserts that communication through academic discourse, critical and logical reasoning about the sciences is a fundamental ability that we must foster in our graduates so that they can respond to environmental challenges.

Mission Statement

The Environmental Studies Academies seeks to advance knowledge of the natural, social, and cultural dynamics of the environment. It does so through interdisciplinary studies that focused on environmental policies, communication, and decision-making in the scientific community, government, businesses, non-governmental agencies, and citizens both locally and internationally. Students learn to pinpoint environmental problems, collect, analyze, and interpret data, explore and design innovative solutions, evaluate, and communicate their solutions.


Our program provides forums that

  • Incorporate the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences
  • Encourage environmental stewardship and responsible behavior within the school.
  • Engage communities outside the school to build civic capacity and involvement
  • Address the exceptional opportunities and challenges of the urban environment
  • Celebrate the wonder of the natural world.

Career Pathways

Career preparation focus on the use, conservation, and protection of natural resources such as water, soil, Potential employers include resource management organizations, regulatory and enforcement agencies, municipal groups involved in community planning and public relations, non-governmental environmental advocacy organizations, educational institutions, and private companies.

Course Progression

  • Biology – grade 9
  • Botany/Environmental Science – grade 10
  • Environmental Engineering– grade 11
  • Environmental Data Analysis – grade 12


  • Kean University
  • Solar One
  • City of Newark Watershed
  • PSE&G