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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  • Please submit all attendance related communications to ATTENDANCE@JGESA.org

Building Hope IMPACT Award Winner - Supporting Innovation in Education

  • Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy was selected for the top honor in the Innovation in Education category at the Building Hope Impact Awards in Washington, D.C on June 22, 2022. We could not be more honored. Each and every school in this category are doing amazing things in education across the country!
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    JGESA is incredibly excited and proud to announce that we have been selected as one of 3 national Building Home Impact Awards Education Innovation Finalists. "It’s time to celebrate the outstanding finalists in the 1st Annual Building Hope IMPACT Summit & Awards! Selected from nearly 400 charter school applicants stretching across 38 states, these nine finalists were selected for having an impact on student empowerment, community engagement, or educational innovation!
    Building Hope President Joe Bruno said, “I would like to congratulate every charter school that took the time to submit an application, and, of course, our nine outstanding finalists for their commitment to foster excellence, innovation, empowerment, and community for their students. These school finalists will surely inspire and influence the charter school community today and for years to come.”
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COVID-19 Related Information


    COVID-19 Related Information

    As we continue to monitor State and Federal guidance, this plan is subject to change based upon any future guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).


    Face coverings: 

      • It is strongly recommended, but not required, that all people present in school buildings wear a face covering.
    • All people are required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order to wear face coverings on all public transportation conveyances including school buses and vans.  


    Mitigation Strategies:

    • JGESA has the unique advantage of a 300-acre outdoor campus, whenever possible we will utilize outdoor spaces for learning experiences.
    • JGESA will continue to follow protocols around social distancing, daily cleaning, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, and cohorting into small groups in an effort to mitigate disease spread when possible. 



    Additional Resources:
    • JGESA offers equitable attention and resources to all learners with 1:1 devices, and free internet hot-spots available for students without internet access in the home to support online learning.
    How Minnesotans can get a COVID-19 test:
    • Walk in or schedule an appointment for a free test at one of the state’s 11 community testing sites across Minnesota: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites.
    • Order a free test through the state’s at-home testing program: COVID-19 Test at Home.
    • Find other testing options near them through the state’s Find Testing Locations map, including through local providers, pharmacies and clinics: Find Testing Locations.
    • This tool is intended to help Minnesotans more easily find and connect with local vaccine providers in their area.

    Read More About --> Screening, Quarantine/Contact Tracing, and Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities

    • JGESA has partnered with Wright County Public Health and local health care providers to offer and share vaccination options to our school community. These opportunities have been communicated to families via email and social media as they become available. JGESA also has posted links to Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector.

    Current Isolation/Quarantine Guidance

    If your student’s symptoms are consistent with Covid-19 please use the attached information sheets to assist you in making decisions as to how long your student should remain at home. If you have questions about your students return date, please contact the office.

    In alignment with new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), JGESA will be updating our isolation procedures effective Monday, January 17.

    A shorter isolation period of 5 days (for asymptomatic and mildly-ill people) will now be in place to focus on the period when a person is most infectious. Students who test positive can end isolation AFTER 5 full days if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their other symptoms have improved. The 5-day isolation period will start as day 0 being the first day symptoms started OR the day of the positive test if no symptoms are present. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. Upon return, students should wear a well-fitting mask for the remaining 5 days.

    Who is not included in the shortened isolation/quarantine recommendations?

    • Children < 2 years of age, or other individuals who are unable to wear a mask.
    • People who cannot wear a mask, including children < 2 years of age and people of any age with certain disabilities, should isolate (if infected) and quarantine (if exposed) for 10 days.
    • People who have moderate or severe illness
    • People who have moderate COVID-19 illness should isolate for 10 days.
    • People with severe COVID-19 illness (e.g., requiring hospitalization, intensive care, or ventilation support) should isolatefor at least 10 days and may need to isolate longer after symptom onset. They should consult with their healthcare provider to determine the appropriate duration of isolation.
    • People who are immunocompromised

    If a family member tests positive for COVID-19 other students in the household do not need to quarantine unless displaying symptoms.

    If your student is under isolation or quarantine your Advisor will work with you and your student on a plan for their time away from school.  

    If your student tested positive for Covid please inform the school office.




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    Ammended, due to Covid-19 the 2022/23 Open Enrollment application period extended through May 1, 2022 and the Lottery will be held on May 3, 2022 @ 4pm.


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

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      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. 



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."