Teaching Our Cities connects urban public high schools in New England and New York -- building our capacity to use our cities as learning laboratories, root our schools in the cities our students call home, and help young people grow into powerful environmental leaders and successful college students. In 2016, Common Ground sought applications from peer schools across the region, and -- with the help of our project advisors -- selected schools to join in an ongoing capacity-building effort. These schools have worked together since then, and partnered informally and formally with other schools across our region.

In 2019, Teaching Our Cities joined with Common Ground's Schoolyards Program to bring together 5 K-8 and 5 9-12 schools, including many of the Teaching Our Cities schools, to engage in a two year collaboration to develop new projects, rooted in the urban environment and school grounds. Some of these new partner schools signed on to have their schools profiled as Teaching Our Cities schools on this site. In 2024, the Teaching Our Cities network continued to grow -- deepening our work with New Haven public schools, and re-connecting with peer schools across the northeast United States. 

Barnard Environmental Science and Technology School

New Haven, CT
Lana Rowan, Environmental Theme Coach

Barnard is a Title 1 magnet school in New Haven, CT, with an environmental science theme.

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Bishop Woods Architecture & Design Magnet School

New Haven, CT
Cara Campo, Assistant Principal

Bishop Woods is a K-8, Title 1 public magnet school located in New Haven, CT, with an architecture and design theme.

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Boston Green Academy

Brighton, MA
Dave Kramer, Director of Green Programs & Partnerships

Boston Green Academy welcomes diverse students of all abilities, educates and empowers them to succeed in college and career, and prepares them to lead in the sustainability of our community and world.

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Brennan Rogers Magnet School

New Haven, CT
Kimberly Daniley, Principal

Brennan-Rogers School is a community of learners that is committed to ensuring that all students are prepared to achieve at their maximum capacity with the competencies and character to complete college or pursue the career path of their choice while serving as meaningful citizens of their communities.

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Broadview Middle School

Danbury, CT
Sue Mills, Teacher

Broadview Middle School is a grade 6-8 school set in an urban city neighborhood next to Danbury Hospital.

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Common Ground High School

New Haven, CT
Joel Tolman, Project Director, Teaching Our Cities

Common Ground High School -- the nation's longest-running environmental charter school -- is committed to growing a new, more diverse generation of successful college students and powerful environmental leaders. Common Ground is located on 20 acres of city park land, and also operates an urban farm and community environmental center.

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Connecticut River Academy

East Hartford, CT
Heather Jacobi, Curriculum Coach

Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College is a magnet high school located along the Connecticut River in East Hartford. CTRA's sustainability theme provides hands-on learning in environmental studies and advanced manufacturing. CTRA also offers unique college and career experiences, including the opportunity to earn tuition free college credits.

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Edgewood Creative Thinking Through STEAM Magnet School

New Haven, CT
Holly Smith, Magnet Resource Teacher

Edgewood Creative Thinking through STEAM Magnet School is a K-8 New Haven Magnet School of Choice in New Haven, CT. Edgewood’s mission is to provide a nurturing environment in which all students will reach their full social and academic potential and become responsible citizens and lifelong learners.

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Elm City Montessori School

New Haven, CT
David Weinreb, Magnet Resource Teacher

Elm City Montessori School is a racially and economically diverse New Haven public elementary school serving PreK-3 through 8th grade. It is New Haven’s first public Montessori school, and Connecticut’s only local charter school.

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New Roots School

Ithaca, NY
Tina Nilsen-Hodges, Principal & Superintendent

New Roots Charter School is a small urban public high school in Ithaca, New York. Our mission to educate for sustainability and justice by fostering understanding of the human and natural history of our city and region, and creating strong, respectful working relationships between people of diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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The Greene School

West Greenwich, RI
Brendan Haggerty, Science, Instructional Guide

The Greene School embraces an educational discipline of 'learn-by-doing.' Known as EL Education (Expeditionary Learning), our approach is rooted in the idea that learning is active, challenging, meaningful, public, and collaborative. Our students grow academically and socially, become environmental stewards.

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Waterbury Career Academy

Waterbury, CT
Elizabeth Pantoni, Spanish Teacher

Waterbury Career Academy (WCA) is an application-based public school housing grades 9-12 within the city of Waterbury. Only city residents can attend the school so all of our students reside within the city of Waterbury. The school opened its doors in 2013 with a focus on four career strands: IT, Health, Human Services, and Manufacturing. Our goal is to prepare students for colleges and careers within their strand. The school currently houses 792 students, and we hope to help our students make interdisciplinary connections both in school and within our city community through this project.

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