In the Spring of 2012, GSES officially became an Expeditionary Learning school. Teachers, community members and the Board of Education worked together to adopt this exciting school model for GSES. GSES has now entered a long-term relationship with Expeditionary Learning Schools that includes a model for teaching and learning, a school designer, and local and national professional learning opportunities for teachers.

What is Expeditionary Learning?

Expeditionary Learning schools inspire the motivation to learn, engage teachers, and students in new levels of focus and effort, and transform schools into places where students and adults become leaders of their own learning. We provide a model that challenges students – even those starting with low skill levels – with high-level tasks and active roles in the classroom. This model succeeds in urban, rural, and suburban schools and at every grade level. For more information visit

What guides us?

Our Design Principles: We believe in. . .

1. The primacy of self-discovery

2. The having of wonderful ideas

3. The responsibility for learning

4. Empathy and caring

5. Success and failure

6. Collaboration and competition

7. Diversity and inclusion

8. The natural world

9. Solitude and reflection

10. Service and compassion  

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Habits of a Scholar

At GSES, we know that there is a relationship between our “habits” of work and learning and student achievement. Practicing our five habits help us to “do our best” and “be our best” in school and life every day.  

GSES Habits of a Scholar

Enthusiasm and Wonder: I can be excited and curious about learning and working with others. 

Teamwork: I can work with others to achieve a common goal.

Compassion: I can care for myself and others.

Responsibility: I can be trusted to make good choices.

Determination: I can stick to a challenge even though it may be difficult.



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