About Parkway School
Our beautiful school sits atop a hill and is surrounded by acres of fields and protected forests. We are home to about 250 students in preschool through grade five, and are the only school in Greenwich located in what is described as “backcountry” Greenwich. We are one of the smaller schools in the district, yet our catchment area represents sixty percent of the geography in Greenwich. Students ride on buses past fields and forests on the ride to school each day, and if they’re lucky, a glance outside the window might include a glimpse of the wildlife we share the woods with. Parkway students grow up surrounded by the beauty of nature, and they learn at an early age the need to protect what their see in their own backyards.
Parkway received designation are a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School for the 2014-15 school year. This recognition award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions that are demonstrating progress in three Pillars: 1) reducing environmental impact and costs, including waste, water, energy use and alternative transportation; 2) improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and 3) providing effective sustainability education.
The work toward this designation grew out of Parkway’s Green Team, which began as grass-roots effort with teachers, students, parents and administrators. It has blossomed to include a wide range of members across our community. Community partners include Town of Greenwich Director of Conservation, Audubon Connecticut, Animal Embassy, Mike’s Organic Farm, Stamford Nature Center, the Bruce Museum, Garden Education Center, Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board and students at Greenwich High School.
Visitors to our school can see physical evidence of our earth-friendly practices including: a pollinator garden, six hydroponic plant towers, Harmony Trail (outdoor science classroom) and student run composting program.