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Taking the classroom outside

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CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS, GA (CBS46) -

Teachers are taking kids out of a traditional classroom into more nature based environments and educators at Chattahoochee Hills Charter School say there are real benefits. 

For the students, it’s an exciting opportunity to explore, discover and learn. All students at this school in Chattahoochee Hills from kindergarten to 6th grade spend most of their class time outdoors.

The charter school is in its third year, it has the same curriculum as all other Georgia schools but, here, the students are exploring the subjects through the lenses of art, agriculture and their environment

"We integrate science in there and math," said principal Walter Buttler. “For example, how far apart should the plants be, how deep should the seeds be planted, how much water do they need? And we watch the plants grow and ultimately eat and sell them.”

School: Students test scores improving

Several studies show major benefits from exposure to nature and the schools standardized test scores show something is working here.

"Last year on our IOWA test of basic skills, that all Fulton County students take, we had the greatest improvements and scores in our region and in our county,” Buttler said.

It’s results like these that mothers like Michelle Vaughan see in her two children enrolled at the school.

"Their level of conversation is different, their level of awareness of what is going on around their environment,” said Vaughan.

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