Local charter school focuses on Project Based Learning


Neveah Danielson, of Maple Lake, is the first student selected to attend the Jane Goodall Enviromental Sciences Academy, which is located northwest of Maple Lake near Camp Courage. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

The Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy, a free Minnesota Public Charter School for grades 6 - 12, begins its second year of instruction on August 30, 2016. About 114 returning and new students from across Wright County and beyond are expected at the school’s Camp Courage location near Maple Lake. The school is aligned with the Minnesota State Standards and has key partnerships with The Jane Goodall Institute - Roots and Shoots Program, the Mn Department of Natural Resources, the University of Minnesota and True Friends. The school uses Project Based Learning which is described on their web pagewww.jgesa.org as “Allowing students to design learning experiences based on their own unique interests and passions, encouraging 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.” State standards are integrated into each student’s personalized learning plan and state test results measure progress.

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