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; 1/7/21

    As promised when JGESA moved to Distance Learning, we have been closely monitoring the ever-evolving pandemic situation to determine when and how we can return students to campus. While our goal is to return to in-person learning as soon as possible, at this time JGESA has decided to extend our current distance learning model through Feb. 16th. As a staff, we will discuss and reassess this decision in the first week of February in order to provide adequate time for families to prepare for the transition.
    We want to offer as much consistency for students and families as possible. If we returned to hybrid on Jan. 19th it would be highly likely that some or all students would be forced to return to distance learning in the near future. If our staff needed to quarantine due to possible COVID-19 exposure, we simply don't have enough staff to adequately maintain in-person classes while following the required guidance around quarantining.
    The end of the semester is January 15th. Your student's Advisor will be reaching out to you to schedule virtual conferences. We feel that these conferences are more important than ever as a way for you to understand your student’s progress and a chance for you to discuss your student's specific needs during this unique school year.
    Advisors are doing all they can to support and engage students during distance learning with daily contact, weekly 1:1 meetings, and more. We are also striving to keep families as informed as possible about your student's progress. Please keep the lines of communication open and communicate with your Advisor as needed.
    JGESA will continue to monitor the situation and provide another update the first week of February.

    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 '20/21 school year.

    Openings for current school year offered first come, first served in order applied as openings become available. 

    • 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

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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.

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