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. 

    Open Enrollment applications accepted for the '18/19 school year beginning Dec. 1st, 2017. Apply before January, 31st, 2018 to be included in the lottery. Applications received after that date will be added to the waiting list in a first-come-first-served basis. 


    Please join us for informational sessions to learn more about our school and project based learning. 
    Saturday, Dec. 16th 1pm
    Monday, Dec. 18th 7pm 
    Monday, January 22nd 7pm
    Pre-register for information sessions. 

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

    Click here for a Showcase of Student Projects

  • 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 participated in Experience Day Dec. 11th. This was an amazing opportunity for students to experience off-campus learning opportunities. Watch for more details on Spring Experience Day coming up April 30th, 2018. 

    Thank you to all the students, families and professionals that made Experience Day possible. 




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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    JGESA students will be traveling to Seahorse Key Biological Station in April 2018. 


    You can make a payment on your student's trip via this link. You will need your student's ID number to log-in. Contact the office or your Advisor if you do not have that number. 



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