Our School Partners

Watch us grow at REAL School Gardens.

Our school partners invest a lot in the REAL School Gardens Program because they know it produces more effective teachers and engaged students. After helping to design and build the learning garden, teachers attend on-site, hands-on training sessions for 2+ years to learn how use it as an academic resource. We want to thank each of our schools for making the long-term commitment to student success. Learn more about what we offer school districts.

Texas Region

REAL School Gardens began in Fort Worth in 2003 and was formally incorporated in 2007. With school partnerships in more than a dozen districts, our flagship region is still our largest. In 2015, the organization celebrated its 100th school partnership in the region.

School Partners - Texas

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Austin ISD

Austin ISD educates a diverse population of nearly 85,000 students in a city that is known for innovation and ranked as one the best places to work and live. AISD employs over 6,000 teachers and over 3,000 additional professional staff. It is home to 129 schools, 84 of which are elementary school. 57% of the students come from low income families. The district describes itself as “a champion for every child and is committed to educating the whole child, offering families a portfolio of rich options and programs to ensure all students have the support they need to achieve their potential and dreams.” We are excited to add AISD as one of our latest district partners. AISD is set to join with REAL School Gardens in the fall of 2017.

Website: http://www.edline.net/pages/Aikin_Elementary

Address: 12300 Pleasant Valley Drive
Dallas, TX 75243

Training and Support Partnership
Launched in 2015

Arlington ISD

Arlington ISD is the 11th largest school district in the state of Texas. The district has over 62,000 students enrolled and employs more than 8,000 administrators, teachers and support staff. Approximately 69% of the students in the district qualify for free or reduced lunch. The districts mission is to empower and engage all students to be contributing, responsible citizens striving for their maximum potential through relevant, innovative and rigorous learning experiences. Arlington ISD began their partnership with REAL School Gardens in the 2004-2005 academic year.

Website: http://www.aisd.net

Address: Administration Building 1203 W Pioneer Pkwy Arlington, TX 76013

Training and Support Partnership Launched in 2015

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Birdville ISD is located in Haltom City, Texas. BISD believes that “through engaging instruction and collaboration with teachers and peers, each student is uniquely capable of exploring and understanding the natural world around them.” The district serves more than 24,000 students in pre-K through 12th grade and is home to 21 elementary schools. 57% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Birdville ISD first joined with REAL School Gardens in the 2006-2007 academic year.

Coppell ISD began its partnership with REAL School Gardens in the 2014-2015 academic year. The district serves over 12,000 learners mostly in Coppell but also in the cities of Valley Ranch, Grapevine, North Irving, and Dallas. Approximately 61% of the students in the district are the children of economically disadvantaged families. It is home to 10 elementary school campuses. Coppell ISD has partnered with us to enhance instruction and strives to fully integrate garden learning as part of their Wellness Program by taking advantage of our Training and Support program.

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Crowley ISD educates over 15,000 student and employs over 1,000 instructional staff in 23 schools including 10 elementary Schools. Schools in the district are located in the city of Crowley as well as portions of Fort Worth and Johnson County. 61% of the diverse student population are children who come from economically disadvantaged families. The districts mission is “to provide students with excellence in education so that all students achieve their potential.” We are pleased that Crowley ISD joins with REAL School gardens in the 2017-2018 academic year at the Oakmont Elementary campus.

Dallas ISD has partnered with REAL School Gardens to “transform the learning space” at more than 20 of its elementary campuses with hopes of spreading. One principal describes the garden as a place “to seed knowledge and sow adventure.” Dallas ISD employs 13,000 teachers and serves approximately 160,000 students in 227 schools pre-k to 12th grade. Approximately 80% of students in the district come from families eligible for public assistance. The district began its partnership with REAL School Gardens in the 2008-2009 academic year. As we grow our partnership with DISD, we are honored to receive support from Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, Target, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, The George & Fay Young Foundation, Boston Consulting Group, Hilton, and The Constantin Foundation.

Desoto ISD is a small but diverse district serving over 9,800 students and employing over 1100 professionals. The district is home to 6 elementary schools. Nearly 72% of the school population qualifies for free or reduced lunch. As a District of Innovation, Desoto ISD is determined to “prepare each student academically and socially to be a problem solver and productive citizen for a 21st-century global society.” Desoto ISD partners with REAL School garden is the 2017-2018 academic year.

Fort Worth ISD welcomed their partnership with REAL School Gardens in 2003-2004 academic year as part of their dedication to a principle of “evidence of outdoor explorations or classroom investigations with rigorous, standards-aligned learning objectives tied to natural phenomena and/or real-world engineering situations.” Fort Worth ISD has over 5,600 Full-Time teachers and educates a diverse population of over 87,000 student. Of the students in it the district 76% are the children of low income families. FWISD is home to 146 campuses including 83 elementary schools. Our partnership with FWISD is made with the support of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Wells Fargo, Paul E. Andrews, Jr. Foundation, and The Miles Foundation.

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As part of its mission Grand Prairie ISD strives to “provide students with an experiential education that excites, engages, and enriches through a unique, hands-on, real-world learning.” GPISD joined with REAL School Gardens in the 2008-2009 academic year in furtherance of its mission. GPISD serves over 29,000 students within the Grand Prairie portion of Dallas County and 73% of its students qualify for free or reduced lunch. GPISD has 22 elementary schools and REAL School Gardens supports over 15 including its impressive Lorenzo de Zavala Environmental Learning Academy. Among its many features the school has 30 garden beds, a butterfly habitat and rainwater collection.

Located in northeast Tarrant County, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD includes the cities of Grapevine, Colleyville and portions of Euless, Hurst, and Southlake. GCISD recognizes STEM as imperative to modern education. The district educates close to 14,000 students and about 23% are the children of low income families. GCISD first partnered with REAL School gardens with a garden build at Cannon Elementary towards the end of the 2014-2105 academic year. School staff worked closely with us to ensure a focus on STEM as a curricular program that integrates concepts across core content areas and electives. The garden at Cannon Elementary was built with the support of Mercedes Benz-Financial Services.

Harmony Science Academy – Garland is part of an open-enrollment, public charter school network which has as its focus to provide a “quality, student-centered educational program with a strong emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” To this end, REAL School Gardens launched its partnership with HSA-Garland at its Garland campus in the 2015-2016 academic year and hopes to expand to more schools within the network.

Highland Park ISD began their partnership in the 2013-2014 academic year with a garden build at their Bradfield Elementary campus. Bradfield students frequent the garden for cross-curricular instruction in addition to their Garden Club. Through Garden Club students are able to earn a 4H badge and have even developed their own farmers market.

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Richardson ISD is a located in Dallas County and serves most of Richardson as well as some portions of Dallas and Garland. RISD’s vision is to be “a place where all students learn, grow, and succeed.” Nearly 39,000 students are enrolled in RISD schools and over 54% qualify for free or reduced lunch. Richardson ISD launched its partnership in 2017 with a garden build at their Wallace Elementary Campus. Wallace Elementary is home to 52 teachers and over 830 students. Blue Cross Blue Shield was a leading supporter in getting the garden at Wallace up and running.

Dallas ISD has partnered with REAL School Gardens to “transform the learning space” at more than 20 of its elementary campuses with hopes of spreading. One principal describes the garden as a place “to seed knowledge and sow adventure.” Dallas ISD employs 13,000 teachers and serves approximately 160,000 students in 227 schools pre-k to 12th grade. Approximately 80% of students in the district come from families eligible for public assistance. The district began its partnership with REAL School Gardens in the 2008-2009 academic year. As we grow our partnership with DISD, we are honored to receive support from Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, Target, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, The George & Fay Young Foundation, Boston Consulting Group, Hilton, and The Constantin Foundation.

Fort Worth ISD welcomed their partnership with REAL School Gardens in 2003-2004 academic year as part of their dedication to a principle of “evidence of outdoor explorations or classroom investigations with rigorous, standards-aligned learning objectives tied to natural phenomena and/or real-world engineering situations.” Fort Worth ISD has over 5,600 Full-Time teachers and educates a diverse population of over 87,000 student. Of the students in it the district 76% are the children of low income families. FWISD is home to 146 campuses including 83 elementary schools. Our partnership with FWISD is made with the support of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Wells Fargo, Paul E. Andrews, Jr. Foundation, and The Miles Foundation.

As part of its mission Grand Prairie ISD strives to “provide students with an experiential education that excites, engages, and enriches through a unique, hands-on, real-world learning.” GPISD joined with REAL School Gardens in the 2008-2009 academic year in furtherance of its mission. GPISD serves over 29,000 students within the Grand Prairie portion of Dallas County and 73% of its students qualify for free or reduced lunch. GPISD has 22 elementary schools and REAL School Gardens supports over 15 including its impressive Lorenzo de Zavala Environmental Learning Academy. Among its many features the school has 30 garden beds, a butterfly habitat and rainwater collection.

School Partners - Mid-Atlantic

Mid-Atlantic Region

REAL School Gardens expanded to the Mid-Atlantic region in 2015 as part of its national growth strategy. Currently we serve the following districts; Alexandria Virginia Public School System, Baltimore City Public School System, Washington D.C. Public Schools, D.C. Public Charter Schools, and Prince George’s County, Maryland.

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Prince George’s County, MD

The Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) System launched their partnership with REAL School Gardens in 2015. The Mid-Atlantic’s inaugural outdoor classroom-garden was built at Beacon Heights Elementary School in Riverdale, MD. We now serve a total of 7 schools in the county, and have plans to expand to additional Title-I elementary schools.
Prince Georges County — The Prince George’s County Public School system is the nation’s 25th largest school district with 208 schools, 130,000 students, and 19,000 employees. During the 2016-2017 school year PGCPS had a total of 61 Title-I elementary schools. The school system has unique program focuses including an environmental focus on storm water, financial literacy and language immersion.
To fund our work in Prince George’s County, we’ve partnered with Chesapeake Bay Trust, Kaiser Permanente, Leidos, Prince George’s County Council, Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, and Target.

Website: http://www.pgcps.org

Address: Sasscer Administration Building
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Training and Support Partnership
Launched in 2015

The District of Columbia Public School

The District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) System first partnered with REAL School Gardens in 2015. DCPS has a total of 5 partnerships within the Mid-Atlantic region. We also have partnerships with 3 D.C. Public Charter Schools. DCPS has 115 total schools, 61 of those are elementary schools. Out of the 115 total schools, 86 are Title-I. DCPS has a total of almost 49,000 students and 4,000 classroom teachers.
Supporting projects in D.C. are Hilton, The Daum Foundation, and The Washington Redskins.

Website: https://dcps.dc.gov

Address: 1200 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Training and Support Partnership
Launched in 2015

Matthew Maury Elementary

Alexandria, VA — REAL School Gardens currently parters with Matthew Maury Elementary in Alexandria, and is looking to expand further into VA.
In Alexandria City there are 16 schools 12 of which are elementary schools. Alexandria Public School System has a total of 15,056 students, and 58% of the school population receive free and reduced lunch.

Website: https://www.acps.k12.va.us/maury

Address: 600 Russell Road Alexandria, Virginia 22301

Training and Support Partnership
Launched in 2015

Baltimore City Public System

Baltimore City, MD — The Baltimore City Public System came on board as partners with REAL School Gardens in 2017 with Gwynns Falls Elementary School as our first partner. Gwynns Falls has an enrollment of about 400 students, and 30 teachers on staff teaching K-5. Almost 86% of the student population receives free and reduced lunch. The Baltimore City School system has a total of 44,082 elementary students, 50 elementary schools, and 64% of the students are classified as low income. Target, and AARP are the funding partners for our current projects in Baltimore.

Website: http://www.baltimorecityschools.org

Address: 200 E. North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21202

Training and Support Partnership
Launched in 2015

The Carolinas

Based in Charlotte, NC, REAL School Gardens’ Carolinas Region launched in 2016 offering our professional development services to schools with existing learning gardens. Then in 2017, we constructed our first official outdoor classroom at Idlewild Elementary.  Learn more about partnering with us.

School Partners - The Carolinas

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Charlotte Mecklenburg School System supports 146,000 students and 18,000 teachers in 170 schools. We are currently working in partnership with CMS and Mecklenburg County Health Department to help more than 65 schools seeking to expand their school gardening program. 50% of CMS students are economically disadvantaged and CMS supports students from 165 countries speaking 187 languages. REAL School Gardens Carolinas is partnering with 20 CMS Schools which totals 1,300 teachers and more than 11,000 students.

Website: http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/Pages/default.aspx

Address: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center 600 E. Fourth Street Fifth Floor Charlotte, NC 28202 75243

Training and Support Partnership
Launched in 2015

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