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Global Ecology students participate in environment activities throughout the local area   

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The Global Ecology House provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the scientific, cultural, social, political, economic, and technological conditions that affect the quality of life on our planet. The program involves an interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental issues with major emphasis on science and social studies. This is a field based program offering students an opportunity to go out about twice a month for hands-on field experiences. The integrated curriculum provides students with an opportunity to explore a wide range of environmental issues and potential solutions. The program integrates the use of several software programs such as GIS and Ecobeaker to assist them in studying these complex issues. The Global Ecology Program networks extensively with local, state, national and international communities to further enhance students' growth and awareness. Students are challenged to develop a global ecological perspective as they investigate historical and current issues related to the earth's natural resources. 


Erin Binns, Head of House, Global Ecology

Mary Adah, Teacher 
Kathleen Bettinger, Long Term Substitute Teacher
Kathy Clowe, Teacher
Ted Gardiner, Teacher
Ed Morrell, Teacher
Jon Rogers, Teacher
Timothy Short, Teacher
Daniel Savino, Teacher
Marcia Snavely, Teacher
John Sparrow, ParaeducatorK


  • 2015 Global Tee Shirts can be ordered using this FORM or can be ordered on the PHS Online School Store.  Orders due March 18th, 
  • Hutton Fisheries Summer Internship Flyer, applications due March 6, 2015
  • Summer Internship with United States Department of Agriculture, Ag Discovery 2015 Flyer, application due March 6, 2015

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  • Incoming 9th grade Welcome Letter (Updated June 13, 2014).  Incoming 9th grade students do not have a specific summer packet for the Global Program.  They will have to complete an English and Math packet.  If they are taking Spanish there is a review website they should visit before the school year.
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Video Links

Chestnuts in Science Education - Senior Project 2014

From the Field to the Plate - Senior Project 2014

American Chestnut: Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center - Senior Project 2014

 Have You Ever Seen a Purple Starfish? - Senior Project 2013

Global Ecology Documentary - Senior Project 2012 - Senior Project 2012 


The Global Ecology House has instituted a demanding schedule which begins from a student's freshman year and extends through the senior year.

The following courses must be successfully completed by students to receive the Global Ecology Certificate of Achievement.

Global Ecology House Coursework


9th Grade


10th Grade


11th Grade


12th Grade

1 GE Env. Science I Biology* GE Env. Science II Chemistry* GE Env. Science III Physics* or AP Physics GE AP Environmental Science*
2 GE H US History* GE AP NSL* GE AP World History* Elective
3 Honors English 9 Honors English 10 Honors English 11 or AP English Language & Compostition Honors English 12 or AP English Literature
4 Math Sequence Math Sequence  Math Sequence  Math Sequence
5 Foundations of Technology*

Elective (Students Must Complete 5 Semesters of Global Ecology Electives**)

Fine Arts Credit Elective
6 Physical Education Health (0.5) Recommended to take in summer school or online Elective Elective
7 Foreign Language ( 3 years recommended) Elective Elective Elective
  * Required Course for Tested In Certificate    
** Any AP class in addition to the Global required AP coursework, Marine Biology, Cellular Physiology, Optics, Thermodynamics, Quantum Physics, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Intro to Physical Chemistry, Intro to Genetic Analysis, PLTW Courses, Research Design, Research Project A, Internship (max 2 semester credits), Materials Science, Robotics, Linear Algebra, Discrete Math

Mission Statement

The Global Ecology House's philosophy is to endow students with a sense of environmental citizenship, responsibility and appreciation for the natural world. GEH's interdisciplinary honors science and social studies program teaches students the interconnections of the natural world and the impact of human activity on those systems.

GEH partners with several environmental groups including:

* Alice Ferguson Foundation

* American Film Institute

* Calleva

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation

* Chesapeake Bay Trust

* Department of Environmental Protection of Montgomery County

* Department of Natural Resources

* Hood College

* Izaak Walton League of Amierca BCC Chapter

* J Craig Venter Institute

* Living Classrooms

* Mirant Power

* MNCPPC - Montgomery Parks Dept

* National Institutes of Health

* National Oceanic and Atmosphic Administration

* Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

* Sugarloaf Citizens Association

*The Society for Ocean Science

* World Wide Walden Project

The Global Ecology House is located at Poolesville High School.The school is ideally situated in a rural setting. While PHS is the smallest high school in Montgomery County, it has a strong academic reputation. The small size guarantees that the staff knows their students.


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