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.

  • Update; 4/19/21


    Change in learning Model effective Tuesday April 20th

    Like many surrounding communities, JGESA is experiencing a strong increase in Covid exposures, quarantines, and reports of other flu-like illnesses. Today one-third of our students and nearly that many staff are off-campus due illness or the need to quarantine. We have come to a point where we need to transition to full distance learning for a minimum of two weeks. This will start tomorrow - Tuesday, April 20th. Right now, our intent is to return to campus on Tuesday, May 4th; however, please understand that this return is dependent upon numerous factors. The two week of distance learning is an attempt to mitigate those factors. We hope that this serves as a reset of sorts that will allow us to finish the year back on campus together in a hybrid model.  We will continually review the data and provide an updated plan by Thursday, April 29th.  

    Students should return to the same full-distance learning model they used earlier this year. Advisors will be working with students on expectations and planning today to help them with this change. This transition will allow us to offer equitable attention and resources to all learners.

    Full details of the JGESA  Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. 

    You can find our updated school calendar here

    JGESA's Distance Learning Plan

    MDH has released their “Home Screening Tool for COVID-19 Symptoms” that can be used to screen for schools, child care and youth programming and their “COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families” which provides information to frequently asked questions for parents and families.


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    Accepting applications now for the '21/22 School Year

    Applications for '21/22 school year due by 5/1/21 to be included in the lottery. Applications recieved after that date will be added to the waiting list and offered positions as they become available. 

    Enrollment Info Session 4/22/21


    • Project-Based Learning

      How do we facilitate the work of youth as self-directed producers and learners?

      Allowing students to design learning experiences based on their own unique interests and passions encourages them to be self-motivated, independent thinkers who are capable of solving problems, thinking critically, and who are prepared for post-secondary options and the workforce. Personalized learning plans are designed for each student.

      What is Project-Based Learning?

      Project-Based Learning (PBL) gets kids excited about learning by tailoring learning opportunities to match their interests. Students pursue their passions and academics at the same time by earning credit for projects they design.

      - Love to draw? Create a comic book about an interesting person or event in history.
      - Video games more your speed? Learn about an ancient civilization and build a game.
      - Like to hunt or fish? Turn your trophy into an anatomy lesson.
      - You like to cook - bake a cake that represents the layers of the earth's crust.
      - Want to take a hike? Photograph and identify wildlife along the way.

      Click here for answers to more Frequently Asked Questions

      Click here for a Showcase of Student Projects

      Research more by reading this  great article that describes PBL. 

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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.

Tall Ships Experiential Learning Voyages

  • Out of the Classroom, Into the World - JGESA is excited to announce a partnership with Lake Superior Tall Ships that will allow us to offer our students an AMAZING learning opportunity with 3 day Experiential Learning Voyages. Watch for more details to come. These trips require teamwork which fosters acceptance of others, cultivates personal responsibility and builds leadership skills. Programs emphasize navigation, seamanship, environmental issues, S.T.E.M. and team building.
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  • JGESA Authorizor

    Phone: 651-234-0900
    Address: P.O. Box 580, Hutchinson, MN 55350
    Mission: "The sole mission of Innovative Quality Schools is to authorize charter schools that are innovative and successful in preparing students to achieve their full potential."