The Gecko Garden Life Sciences & Health program allows all students to explore horticulture and is an extension of the Full Option Science System (FOSS) life sciences curriculums. With the help of the science lab resources, students participate in a school-wide project that connects them with their environment and promotes good nutrition. The Gecko Garden, with support from several local sources, including the Mission Hills Garden Club, also serves to promote the school as an integral component within the community and supplies produce to local businesses for special school fundraising events. To keep the garden growing, parents and community members meet one Saturday a month and tend to the garden maintenance.

​Grant’s Gecko Garden is an “outdoor laboratory” funded by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) with oversight from the science lab coordinator and assisted by dedicated teachers, parent room parent representatives and volunteers.

The goal of Gecko Garden is to provide students with a hands-on, standards based curriculum in a school-wide project that connects students with their environment and promotes good nutrition. For years, the garden has been a source of enjoyment for all grade levels as well as being an integral part of the Mission Hills Garden Club’s annual May garden tour.  

The relevance of the garden continues to grow as new ways to integrate it into our curriculum take root. Come sow the future with us! If you would like to get involved in the garden, please contact Elena Banks, Gecko Garden Coordinator at

Garden to Cafe

Congratulations to our school Science Lab Coordinator, Elena Banks, who shepherded our Gecko Garden through the certification process for the “Garden-to-Café” program.

Ms. Banks applied through the San Diego Unified School District to have the vegetables grown right here on our campus used in the food served to our children for lunch. Ms. Banks submitted for approval our desire to have the healthy vegetables grown in the Gecko Garden included in our school salad bar. She then attended a training course, and hosted a garden site visit with the SDUSD Farm to School Specialist to verify that our methods aligned with the district’s food standards. After months of hard work, we are proud to announce we are “officially” certified. Farm-to-table is a reality here at Grant.

Eat your greens!  At Grant we know exactly where they're coming from!