Developing a Well-Rounded Individual

Every spring, Gann students delve deeply into new realms via the signature Exploration Week experience. 

Students challenge themselves in new ways by traveling and learning about other cultures, participating in intensive community service projects, and developing firsthand skills and knowledge that they would not otherwise gain in a classroom setting. Students discover new interests and at the end of the week walk away with a better sense of their self and their community.

Past Exploration Week experiences have included:
  • Exploration of board game design and game theory
  • Glass-blowing studio course
  • Civil rights tour of Washington, DC
  • Volunteering at the Boston Food Bank
  • Building homes with Habitat for Humanity
  • Dog-sledding adventure
  • Historical tour of Montreal
Offerings change from year to year and are based on student interest.

Tikkun Olam: From Abstract to Understanding

Explo Week makes abstract notions like social justice, tikkun olam and sustainability come alive through hard work, leaving one's comfort zone and opening eyes and ears to new people and experiences.
Tali Spencer, Class of 2008

Glimpse of Gann

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  • Exploration Week 2019

    At Gann, we are passionate about helping students explore learning that may not be possible in the four walls of a classroom. And so we craft hands-on learning opportunities each year in which Gann students cultivate awareness, curiosity, and respect for the world around them.

    Enter Exploration Week, a weeklong adventure which took place last week that lets students immerse themselves in a new place and topic.

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  • Students visit Alabama lynching site to offer Jewish prayers at memorial

    Students visit Alabama lynching site to offer Jewish prayers at memorial

    For years, students from a Jewish high school in Massachusetts have been making annual pilgrimages to Alabama to learn about the civil rights movement.

    A group of 25 high school students from Gann Academy of Waltham, Mass., is in Birmingham today. They are touring the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Kelly Ingram Park.  

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  • Students Explore Selves and World During Explo Week

    Students Explore Selves and World During Explo Week

    Come the end of May, the halls of Gann are quiet.
    Where have the students gone? They are volunteering in a Head Start program, planting vegetables on an organic farm, visiting the Alabama landmarks of the Civil Rights movement and building homes with Habitat for Humanity in North Carolina. And that’s just a sampling of the rich experiences offered during Exploration Week, better known as Explo Week.

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