Situated on a 45-acre site, the Rockford Environmental Science Academy is an environmental magnet school serving 1,200 students. Challenging and engaging, RESA’s design expresses the science of architecture while utilizing the magnet theme through specialized features including cooperative, flexible, and agile learning spaces both in and out of doors.
RESA is a model for community use and extended learning. A central community room serves parent volunteers, the YWCA, evening adult education, adult bilingual classes, lectures, cultural events, and art and traveling exhibitions. The adjacent Klehm Arboretum fosters school to business partnerships and mentoring programs.
To enhance environmental curriculum, RESA has indoor facilities such as a working greenhouse, a six-lane swimming pool to encourage wellness, and a flexible STEM space with stream tables, hydroponics, aquariums, and terrariums called the Earth Center. On the school site, student-developed wetland and prairie areas, farm structures converted to a recycling center, interconnected bike and fitness trails, a wireless outdoor classroom, student and community gardens, and a science courtyard for butterfly gardens and native planting support Rockford’s environmental mission.