The Academy of
Technological and Environmental Systems Sciences

Telephone: 301-649-8298 

Academy Head: Ms. Kristen Da Cruz

Environmental Science Pathway

Environmental Science is a diverse field with countless areas of specialization that require a strong background in the natural and physical sciences as well as knowledge of politics, globalization, economics, and environmental laws and regulations. The Environmental Science academy pathways takes into account these different perspectives and allows students to select their electives to fit their specific interests. For example, students interested in wildlife conservation could take Wildlife and Marine biology. On the other hand, a student interested in environmental law could take Introduction to Justice Law and Society.

Students Who Are Part of This Academy can count on the following:

  • After taking Biology, a recommended Chemistry elective, Environmental Science classes and or AP Environmental Science classes, students will receive a solid background in the fundamentals of environmental science.
  • A pathway of classes that is tailored to specific students interests. For examples: students interested in environmental law can take law classes as electives; students interested in green engineering can take technology electives; or students interested in wildlife conservation can take wildlife and marine biology as electives.
  • Field experiences like, water testing or estimating the age of trees.
  • An understanding of current events related to the field of environmental sciences.
  • Community service opportunities addressing environmental concerns. For example: invasive species removal, woodland clean ups, trail maintenance or native habitat restoration projects.

Student Responsibilities: Students will meet the requirements of their selected pathway, complete a capstone project, and keep a reflection journal. Students will present their projects and reflections to a group of fellow students and academy teachers.

Teacher responsibilities:Teachers will provide quality instruction and keep students abreast concerning fieldwork, volunteer, and other opportunities. Fieldwork can include a variety of community-based activities such as invasive species removal, rain garden maintenance, native habitat restoration projects, and teaching members of the community at neighborhood recreational centers about the various ways they could help the environment. Students would also be encouraged to participate in related activities such as the environmental club or other projects related to the student’s specific area of interest..

For more information please contact Ms. Da Cruz at: Kristen_DaCruz@mcpsmd.org.


The Engineering /Computer Science/Technology Academy Pathways

Engineering/Computer Science/Technology is a diverse field with countless areas of specialization that requires a strong background in the Engineering Design, computer programming, robotics, natural and physical sciences as well as knowledge of politics, globalization, economics, and environmental laws and regulations. The Engineering/Computer Science/Technology Academy pathways takes into account these different perspectives and allows students to select their electives to fit their specific interests.

Students Who Are Part of This Academy can count on the following: 

  • After taking AP Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, AP Physics and AP Chemistry classes, students will receive a solid background in the fundamentals of Science, Computer Science and Engineering.
  • A pathway of classes that is tailored to specific students interests.
  • Building robotics to do specific tasks.
  • An understanding of current events related to the field of Engineering/ Computer Science/Technology.
  • Students may have summer internship opportunities.

Student Responsibilities: Students will meet the requirements of their selected pathway, complete a capstone project, and keep portfolio of their work that includes a reflection journal. Students will present their capstone projects and reflections to a group of fellow students and academy teachers. Students will participate in Robotics competition. Students can participation in related activities such as the Game Making, Engineering Club and Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS).

Teacher responsibilities: Teachers will provide quality instruction by implementing Maryland Common Core Curriculum Standards for Mathematical Practices and Literacy Standards for Science and Technical Subjects. Maryland State Standards for Science, Technology and Engineering.

For more information please contact Ms. Da Cruz at: Kristen_DaCruz@mcpsmd.org.