Out of the classroom, into the world.


    At the Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy, students will foster their knowledge, love and respect for the environment while promoting sustainability for future generations. This teacher-led school is located near Maple Lake, Minnesota in the heart of Wright County.

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  • Openings available for the '17/18 school year. Apply today. 

A School Like No Other

  • What is Project-based Learning?

    Project-based Learning (PBL) is a student-driven model of learning that engages students by allowing them to pursue areas of personal interest and seek answers and solutions to diverse questions and problems. .  Students will complete projects (with the oversight of advisors) using software that tracks their progress.  The software (Project Foundry) will require daily reporting of students’ work, and will allow parents to monitor their child’s progress in real-time.  Project-based Learning gets kids excited about learning by tailoring a curriculum to match their interests.

    Click here for answers to more Frequently Asked Questions

  • Community Partnerships

    Creating a sense of community within our school as well as incorporating community resources into projects are important. Whenever possible JGESA strives to get students "out of the classroom". Fieldtrips to Science Museum of MN, Festival of Nations, Three Rivers Park District, Crow-Hassen Park Reserve, Maria State Park, Minnesota History Center, and Wolf Ridge are great learning opportunities. 

    JGESA also brings the community to school by inviting in guests such as: MN DNR, Fish and Wildlife, law enforcement, State and Federal lawmakers, authors, and more. Field experts: Biologist Mark Pelham, Wright and Hennepin County Surveyors, SFC Roy Whaley Military Psychologist, Stan Tekiela - wildlife educator and renowed photographer, Artist Kim Pietrzak, Bre from Minnesota Native Landscapes, Dan Cross of Mortenson Construction, and Pollinator Conservation Specialist Sarah Foltz.

Experience Day
  • In keeping with our mission of "Out of the classroom, into the World" students will have two Experience Days during the school year. On Dec. 11th and April 30th students will be expected to have an off-campus learning project. 

    This is an amazing opportunity for students to get hands-on, real world experience.  Job shadow, visit a museum, park or historical site, build something, make music, or get your hands dirty. Go on your own, go with your family, go with a group...go out into the world and experience something that you find interesting. 

    Students will not be on campus, however these are school days and participation is required. Students will have an approved project set-up ahead of time, and will demonstrate what they learned. All students will have access to Advisors via phone or email that day for questions. 

    Students and families should talk about their proposed projects and plan ahead accordingly. If you need ideas there is a list of free off-site ideas below. 

Free Learning Activities

  • Out of the classroom, into the world

    There are countless ways for your student to explore and learn outside of the classroom. Click for a list of free or low cost ideas, any of which could be turned into a fascinating JGESA school project. If you know of other ideas please share so we can expand the list.

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Drivers Ed Offered At JGESA

  • Drivers Ed will be offeredhttp://www.totalcontroldrivingacademy.com/contactusandorregister.htm

    Cost $310 includes classroom and behind-the-wheel. 
    Monday's & Wednesdays

    October: 23, 25, 30

    November: 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22

    8:45-11:45 am

    Direct questions to email: totalcontroldrivingacademy@hotmail.com Phone: 763-219-9300

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    Check out the new JGESA school store. Options include t-shirts, hats, jackets, sweatshirts and more. Lots of choices for the active, outdoors folks. Quick drying T's, camo jackets and hats, and some items are made from recyled materials and/or include options to customize. 

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Give to the Max
  • JGESA is a school like no other and we strive to provide students with opportunities they would not experience in a typical classroom. We want to expose students to real world learning experiences. Your donation will help us provide students with no cost field trips. For example the typical school trip for all approx. 100 students costs more than $800 in school bus fees, plus various admission costs. Our goal is to raise $5,000 in field trip funds. 

    Your donations make JGESA eligible for additional prize funds

    New for Give to the Max Day 2017: $500 Golden Tickets will be awarded during the 15 days of Scheduled Giving from November 1 through November 15! Make your Give to the Max gift early for an extra opportunity to win! We will draw one random winner each day from November 1 through November 15 and add $500 to that gift.

    The GiveMN Golden Ticket prize incentives are a repeat for 2017! Each hour on Give to the Max Day, one Golden Ticket of $1,000 will be awarded through a random drawing of all donations transacted during the previous hour.

    Additionally, one Super-Sized Golden Ticket of $10,000 will be awarded, drawn randomly from all donations made through GiveMN.org between 12:00am CST November 1, 2017 and 11:59pm CST on November 16, 2017.