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ECO Summary

Marcus Whitman Central School ECO Program Summary, May 2022:
Our Twenty-Sixth Year!


  • ECO will be celebrating its 26th year in 2022-2023 and has served over 708 students!
  • ECO provides a comprehensive, rigorous, relevant curriculum that is environmentally focused and experientially based. 
  • ECO's curriculum themes include outdoor recreation, watershed study, field and forest/flora and fauna, environmental issues, business enterprise, service, and community.
  • ECO participants are selected by an applicant lottery.
  • ECO has a diverse student population that promotes social interaction and personal growth for students.
  • ECO offers students a positive learning and social environment and successfully prepares them for later grades.
  • The ECO opportunity encourages positive home-school relationships to develop.
  • Opportunities for family participation are provided through six “whole-school” evening meetings per year, parent-student-teacher conferences, and parental participation in other activities if desired.
  • ECO’s small, team-based, home classroom-based, instructional setting encourages student growth through commitment by teachers that emphasizes “engagement and responsibility.”
  •  ECO provides parents and students the opportunity to have an active choice in the child’s public school education.
  • ECO is doing what the charter school movement is proposing to accomplish: 1) provides school choice; 2) provides an alternative instructional model; 3) encourages professional challenge and accountability.



For more information, please contact:

Malcolm MacKenzie or Samantha Wolf

MWCS ECO Program

Marcus Whitman Middle School

4100 Baldwin Rd.

Rushville, NY 14544



May 2022