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Echo Horizon School
Echo Horizon’s design thinking initiatives and new Makerspace is featured in Beyond the Brochure blog site.

The word is out on our new initiatives for inquiry and innovation!

Echo Horizon is purposefully focused on creativity, inquiry, and innovation in order to best prepare our students for 21st century demands. With that in mind, we opened two new spaces— a Makerspace for 3rd-6th graders and a STEAM space for Pre-K to 2nd graders. These spaces, along with the existing spaces for visual art, dance theatre, music, gardening and cooking, and digital media, provide students the opportunity to develop their most important tools: imagination and creativity.

Melding the ideas behind Stanford d. School’s Design Thinking and Google’s 20% time that allows their employees to spend 20% of their time in creative pursuits, our Head of School, Martha Schuur, created what we call our i2 time. i2 time ensures that all of our children in grades Pre-K through 6th will have the time and opportunity to wonder, to follow their passion, to create and innovate, and to learn to believe in themselves. We want our student to learn how to approach real world problems with empathy as they identify solutions, build and test prototypes, fail, and try again.

We know that the 21st century will demand empathetic problem solvers who will not just be consumers of things, but makers and creators of great ideas and positive impact. That’s the Echo Horizon advantage available to each student!

Read the full story on Echo Horizon at http://beyondthebrochurela.com and learn more about us at www.echohorizon.org

See Echo Horizon’s student initiatives to reduce water usage recognized in Mayor Eric Garcetti's Sustainable City Plan—and congratulate Mrs. Coatney and our students!!!

Science teacher Alexandra Coatney contacted Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s office to share how Echo Horizon School students are taking on the Drought Challenge.

3rd grade students will focus on conservation measures and awareness, and with teacher guidance, they will research water use and resources across the state. Their goal is to implement water conservation measures for their own homes and create a public awareness campaign about the drought.


6th grade students will research the efficacy of different rain gardens and rain catchment systems, and draft a proposal for installing a rain garden on campus and create presentations about its potential benefits.
Kudos to all for making every drop count!

Echo Horizon Receives Apple Distinguished School Designation
Earlier this year Echo Horizon School was named an Apple Distinguished School for its exemplary program leveraging cutting edge technologies and teaching practices in order to prepare students for success in the 21st century. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that have demonstrated Apple’s highest vision of a successful 21st century learning environment.  Echo Horizon is one of 52 schools in the United States recognized as centers of educational excellence and leadership, consistently demonstrating "best practice" qualities of 21st century education utilizing Apple technology.  
“We are truly honored to receive this distinction,” stated Head of School Paula Dashiell. “We have focused on endowing our students with the skills necessary to face 21st century challenges.  Being acknowledged by the Apple Distinguished School program for our success in this area is an affirmation of our goals.”
The selection of Echo Horizon School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology.  Under the leadership of Director of Technology Elaine Wrenn, teachers have embedded the use of technology throughout the curriculum.  “Our students and teachers use technology in ways that promote creative thinking, thoughtful exploration and problem solving,” says Ms. Wrenn. “The tools we provide allow them to connect to and collaborate with students and teachers in our school community as well to people and resources around the world.”  A long established 1:1 laptop program, access to a wide variety of hardware and software tools, and an emphasis on project-based learning and collaboration make Echo Horizon a dynamic 21st century learning environment.

EHS Wins California Student Media & Multimedia Awards — Again
Elliott, Jackson, Jonathan, Kevin, Ms. Wrenn (Director of Technology), Jennifer and Talia accepting for the Best Elementary Video Yearbook.
Culver City's Echo Horizon School Pre-K to 6th grade students and teachers have won over 60 awards at the California Student Media Festival, the nation's longest running student media festival. The Festival encourages project-based learning and meaningful student work in media and multimedia and exists to acknowledge and reward successful classroom work. Thousands of students from hundreds of schools across California enter the Festival every year. Echo Horizon School has submitted entries since 1997 and has won awards in several categories over the years.
During the 2010 Festival, EHS students won honors for Can They See Me – A Video Memoir (Language Arts), A Conversation with Butch Cassidy and Jack London (Special Ed), Friendliness (Special Recognition for Pre-K), along with an award for the 2008-2009 Video Yearbook.
Antonio, Jongham, Lane, Grace and Zachary accepting the Special Recognition for Preschool Video award for Friendliness.
Echo Horizon School has served children from Pre-K to 6th Grade throughout Los Angeles for nearly three decades. We take great pride in our strong community and our commitment to sustainability. Our goal is for our graduates to leave EHS well grounded in academics, technology and the arts, with a firm belief in themselves and their abilities, and with a keen sensibility of and sensitivity to the world around them.
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