Out of the classroom, into the world.
WE ARE A FREE MINNESOTA PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6 – 12
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.
'17/18 School Year
Starting to think about back-to-school? Here is some helpful information.
School starts Tues., August 29th. Advisory assignments will be sent out the end of July via email. We will be scheduling meetings with Advisors for mid/late August. These meetings are required for new students, optional for returning students.
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Free Learning Activities
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Your resource for:
- Schoolwide E-alerts for important information, such as weather closings
- Online events registration and payment
- Opportunity to be notified of the things that matter to you. Want to know of new events on the calendar? How about your student's Advisory update? By selecting pages you want to recieve updates on you will get an email notification each time that page(s) is updated.