Common Ground High School

Common Ground High School (CGHS) is a charter school in New Haven, Connecticut, United States, that aims to prepare students for "college success and environmental leadership".[1] It was founded in 1997 in the first round of charter schools created in Connecticut and is the oldest environmental charter school in the United States.[2] The school subsequently expanded to reach approximately 180 students. Students are admitted by lottery and any Connecticut high school student is eligible to apply.

Common Ground High School
358 Springside Avenue

New Haven County

United States
TypeCharter School
MottoPride, Ownership, Wonder, Effort, Respect (POWER)
Established1997 (25 years ago) (1997)
CEEB code070474
DirectorCherry Pacquette-Emmanuel
Average class size47
Color(s)Forest green and white
Team nameHawks
NewspaperHawk News

Common Ground is located on 20 acres of city park land at the base of West Rock Ridge State Park in New Haven, near the Southern Connecticut State University campus. The school is a program of the New Haven Ecology Project, a non-profit organization that also operates a community environmental education center and urban farm on the same site.

In 2013, work began on a new building and campus improvements that would allow the school to grow to 225 students. This building was completed in the spring 2016.

Awards and recognitionEdit

  • 2011: Green Prize in Public Education Merit Award, National Environmental Education Foundation[3]
  • 2012: Presidential Innovation Award in Environmental Education, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (for Lizanne Cox, school director)[4]
  • 2013: Green Ribbon School, U.S. Department of Education[5]
  • 2013: School of Distinction, Connecticut State Department of Education[6]


  1. ^ Common Ground website
  2. ^ "Common Ground Home". Common Ground. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) National Environmental Education Foundation
  4. ^ [1] Environmental Protection Agency
  5. ^ [2] U.S. Department of Education
  6. ^ [3] Connecticut State Department of Education

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