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Senior Houses: Thematic Studies 12

Seniors at the School of Environmental Studies examine topics and issues surrounding interactions between humans and environments. They grapple with the question, How then, shall I live?

Our previous year’s juniors are given priority for our senior class. However, if space is available, new students can join SES as a senior at the beginning of the new school year. As with junior year, all house studies are performed in an integrated, interdisciplinary environment. Instead of taking three separate classes in English, social studies and environmental science, students take one class–Thematic Studies 12 (House).

Lessons are often team-taught by your house teachers. Individual house teachers blend their expertise to create a rich, real-world set of learning experiences for students.

Class of 2021

Summer Letter for Seniors

Course of Study

Senior curriculum is a three-trimester study of human impacts on and relationships with the natural world. Each trimester’s material is chosen to take advantage of the Minnesota seasons to immerse students in the environment. Specifics within each major study vary with the news and events of the year.

Overall Question: How then, shall I live?

Fall: Considering the dynamics of diversity, how can we manage for what we value?
Winter: What is the impact of human systems on environmental health?
Spring: Sustainability considered, how then, shall I live?

In addition seniors can select to participate in AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, and AP Literature as part of their Thematic Studies coursework.

Senior House Contacts

Portrait of Patrice Callahan

Patrice Callahan

Green House Social Studies, AP Human Geography

Portrait of Kathy Kline

Kathy Kline

Gold House Social Studies, AP Human Geography

Portrait of Billy Koenig

Billy Koenig

Green & Gold House Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science

Portrait of Molly Melton

Molly Melton

Green House English Language Arts, AP Literature and Composition

Portrait of Karen Maunu

Karen Maunu

Green & Gold House Special Education

Portrait of Kathleen Westgard

Kathleen Westgard

Gold House English Language Arts, AP Literature and Composition