Themes introduced to students the freshman year continue to develop during the sophomore year. Curriculum-based field trips are a vital part of the required magnet curriculum. Sophomores will travel to various locations throughout Florida to reinforce what they are learning in the classroom.
- Honors or Advanced Placement Environmental Science (APES) students learn how the natural world is shaped, the relationship between humans and the environment, and an in-depth study of look at human population in regards to natural resources and sustainability.
The environmental quality and pollution unit explores topics - such as air, water pollution, and climate change - and challenges students to make a connection between individual action and its consequences. Students also study land use and biodiversity and learn the importance of conserving living species.
The social and political implications of the environment in society are also covered thoroughly as students actively research contemporary ecological issues pertinent in today's world.
-Honors English II is necessary to complete graduation requirements, in addition to magnet requirements - including ancillary readings based on South Florida and the Everglades and a summer reading project. This course also provides opportunities for writing assignments for environmental contests.
-Honors/Regular Chemistry students learn about the properties of light and matter through hands-on engagement in laboratory experiments - helping them in Advanced Placement or Honors Environmental Science.
Students slog in the Everglades after they take an airboat ride to study the habitat.