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; 4/29/21

    Learning Model Update - Effective 5/4/21
    Effective Tuesday, May 5th JGESA will return to hybrid learning with all students on campus Tuesday - Thursday next week, then the following weeks Monday - Thursday, and distance learning for all on Fridays.
    All families continue to have the choice of distance learning if you feel that is the best option for your student - please notify the office if you will not be returning to campus on 5/4/21. Our goal is to be able to remain in this model for the remainder of the school year till May 27th, giving all students a strong finish to the year.
    It is vital to our ability to remain in-person that staff, students and families all follow the Covid-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools below; including staying home when ill, quarantining if exposed and or others in the home have symptoms and reporting these to school to assist us in monitoring the situation. Based on the most current guidance from MDE/MDE/CDC those fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if exposed if not experiencing symptoms.
    JGESA will continue to follow safety protocols including masking and observing social distancing and moving into spring, we are planning to take advantage of our wonderful outdoor campus and do many activities outdoors.
    Please contact the office or jlonghenry@JGESA.org if you have any questions.

    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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JGESA - Award Winning Innovative School

  • JGESA is proud to have been recognized as the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools winner in the Category: Creating Different and Innovative Forms of Measuring Outcomes
    Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy in Maple Lake has integrated their mission of “Out of the Classroom, Into the World” into every aspect of school design and culture. Instead of focusing student success on test scores and standards, they choose to emphasize the interconnectedness of living and learning with a “Skills Rubric” that promotes self-improvement, achieving happiness and self-defined personal success.
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    • 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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A School Like No Other

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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Youth Conservation Crew - Middle School Program

  • JGESA is excited to announce bringing the Youth Conservation Crew - Middle School Program to JGESA next year. Advisor Jess Paulson has been selected to lead the pilot program at JGESA where the program will roll-out along with a few other select MN schools and @ConservationMN . Watch for full details in the 2021 school year. Out of the Classroom, Into the World.
    Conservation Crew will instill leadership and real world experience in students and support them as they select, perform, and lead a hands-on conservation project in your school or community.
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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."