The Academy of
Technological, Environmental, and Systems Sciences

Telephone: 301-649-8298 

Academy Head: Ms. Karen Kraus

Environmental Science Pathway

Introduction: 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 pathway 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 pathway can count on the following:

  • After taking Biology, Chemistry, Physics and AP Environmental Science students will have received a solid background in the fundamentals of environmental science 
  • A pathway of classes that is tailored to specific students interests.
  • Students interested in green technology or agricultural engineering can take advanced technology electives, AP Physics, horticulture, and/or geoscience explorations.
  • Students interested in wildlife conservation or being a park ranger can take astronomy, horticulture, wildlife biology, geoscience explorations and/or marine biology 
  •  A variety of field experiences, such as water testing, estimating the age of trees or urban gardening. 
  • An understanding of current events related to the field of environmental sciences 
  • Community service opportunities addressing environmental concerns. 
  • Invasive species removal, green roof maintenance, woodland clean ups, trail maintenance or native habitat restoration projects are all possible opportunities.

Student Responsibilities: Students will meet the requirements of their selected pathway, participate in academy club activities, 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 or gardening club, or other projects related to the student’s specific area of interest.  


The Technology Academy Pathway

Introduction: Technology is a diverse field with countless areas of specialization, ranging from engineering and physics to computer science and cybersecurity. Technology related fields require a strong background in engineering design, computer programming, robotics and the natural and physical sciences, as well as knowledge of politics, globalization, economics and laws and regulations. The Technology Pathway of the TESS Academy 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 pathway can count on the following:

  • After taking Chemistry, Physics, Foundations of Technology, Foundations of Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles and/or AP Computer Science students will have received a solid background in the fundamentals of science, computer science and engineering. 
  • A pathway of classes that is tailored to specific students interests,
  • Students interested in biophysics can take advanced technology electives, AP Physics 2, AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology and/or Engineering Design.
  • Students interested in application design can take Computer Programming 3 and/or cybersecurity. 
  • Opportunities to build and program robots to do specific tasks. 
  •  An understanding of current events related to the fields of engineering, computer science and technology.

Student Responsibilities: Students will meet the requirements of their selected pathway, participate in academy club activities, complete a capstone project, and assemble a portfolio of their work that includes 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 opportunities related to technology, computer science and engineering. Students would also be encouraged to participate in related activities such as robotics club, physics club, and/or other projects related to the student’s specific area of interest.