FAQ – ISEA
What makes Central Campus courses different from courses in my home school?
Central classes and especially IESA are different than courses in home schools by mainly the idea of “do” rather than simply talk about. In IESA we try to do more labs and field experiences so students can do and see.
Some unique opportunities in IESA:
- Hands on science with water, air, and soil test kits.
- Work with real small scale wind generators, solar photovoltaic cells, and hydrogen fuel cells.
- Unique –special field experiences such as Minneapolis and Chicago to visit such things as zoos, malls, and museums. See efforts to recycle, save energy, and take care /preserve plants/animals. Also visit wind farms and natural areas throughout Iowa.
What will I do in courses at Central Campus?
During the IESA 2 year program you will do more in depth study of all aspects of energies and sustainability topics than all high school programs and you will even get more hands on experience than many college classes can do. Labs and field experiences are a big part of IESA along with choice based- project driven curriculum.
What are the course requirements for enrollment?
Course requirements for IESA: 41%+ percentile in standardized tests for science. Preference given to upper class students.
How many blocks do I need to schedule for this program?
IESA is a 2 year program where all courses are double block scheduled.
What careers will this program prepare me for?
IESA prepares students for a wide variety of careers and fields of study. The topics of energy and sustainability are the fastest growing field in modern society. The possibilities are too numerous to mention all but include new energies, conservation, and recycling.
What type of credit can I earn?
High school credits are earned toward graduation as well as college credit. There is also an option to earn college credits with spring trips to Catalina Island and the Dominican Republic during the 2 years.
What certifications will I earn?
Every student that completes the IESA program will receive a Master Conservationists Certification. The certification requires 32 hours of specific classroom instruction and 32 hours of field volunteer/experience. Both of these requirements are met by the IESA program. The certification is another of many examples to put on your resume for the purpose of jobs, scholarships, college applications.
Are field trips and study tours available?
IESA includes many field experiences:
- Minneapolis – Target Field, Mall of America, St. Paul Coma Zoo
- Loess Hill State Park- Desota Bend Natural area
- Des Moines Botanical Center
- Neil Smith National Refuge
Are there internships or jobs available through this program?
IESA currently works to advise students on summer internships and activities mainly through the Iowa DNR and Polk County Conservation Board.
What student organizations/competitions are available through this program?
IESA has an extensive Earth Day celebration /end of the year program and works with the Science Center of Iowa as well as many Elementary schools in Des Moines to reach out to younger students and get them involved with Earth sensitive activities and educational opportunities.