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How We Teach

Gann’s expert teachers have developed a curriculum that integrates the most recent advances in learning science to teach both transferable 21st century skills as well as discipline-specific content. Schools often vacillate between the teaching of either skills or content. Here, faculty and staff understand that you need both in order to truly be prepared for an ever-changing world.

Curriculum Depth and Breadth

What’s your passion? Computer science? Philosophy? Social Justice? 3D modeling? Creative Writing? Environmental science and sustainability? Jewish History? Our semester model allows you to take up to 10 different classes each year. At Gann, our impressive classes and electives empower you to dive deep into your interests and discover new ones. As you progress through your Gann journey, the foundational skills you build in close reading, formal writing, information processing, public speaking and presentation skills, creative design, and analytical thinking become your ladder as you climb to new challenges and opportunities.

Outstanding Faculty

Gann invests deeply in our faculty and staff, and we nurture our teachers as deliberately and thoughtfully as we do our students. As needs, technologies, and pedagogical approaches change, we encourage our teachers to evolve their teaching by being reflective, by innovating, and by taking risks—and teachers model these qualities for their students. About 90% of our faculty hold advanced degrees, with a number of PhDs among them. Pairing excellent teachers in deep and meaningful mentoring relationships is a hallmark of Gann professional development.

Jewish Pluralism and Israel Education

We celebrate the wide range of Jewish beliefs and practices students bring to our community. We take the time to introduce you to the why and how of prayer and spirituality and give you the tools to explore Jewish pluralism to support your journey as a Jewish young adult. We explore the world through a lens of Jewish values and social justice: Jewish Education includes learning about Jewish history, the Hebrew language, Israel, antisemitism, Jews of Color, how to engage in civil discourse, and so much more. Each of these learning experiences takes place within your empathetic and safe community of peers.

Learning Through Experience

Your Gann education is your toolkit to taking on the world with empathy. Here, you’ll acquire the ability to engage in civil discourse and develop a knowledge of yourself and the skills to transform the future.

Student Wellbeing & Habits of Success

Supporting you is our #1 priority. Our systems of student support are central to our school’s commitment to your wellbeing. At Gann, faculty and staff think carefully about how to balance academic success with coursework, advisory, after school activities, and other special programs. The wellbeing team, which consists of the Dean of Students, Wellness Educator and School Counselor, School Nurse, Learning Center faculty, Athletic Director, and college counselors, meets together regularly to discuss the holistic needs of students. Our wellbeing team is always available to each student as we support your growth towards long-term goals including perseverance in the face of challenge, emotional regulation, healthy relationships, goal setting, and physical and mental wellbeing.

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