Shalom and Welcome to Gann Academy

When you walk through the halls of Gann or explore the pages of this website, you will find it hard to believe that our school just turned 20 years old. The same kind of bold, innovative thinking that inspired our founders to create this new, international model of Jewish high school education continues to animate this dynamic community today.

High school is an incredible time in the life of a young adult. These four years are about developing skills and gaining knowledge, yes, but they are also a time for growth, exploration, and for discovering who you are.

From the moment our students arrive in the morning until they complete their classes, sports, arts, and extracurricular activities, sometimes late in the evening, they fill our campus with open and spirited debate, passionate engagement with ideas, and deep analytical thinking – all taking place on the foundation of a caring, compassionate, and joyful community.   

Gann’s outstanding faculty sharpens our students’ intellects, challenging them to become both analytical as well as creative, out-of-the-box thinkers. Whether reading literature, conducting a science experiment, or deconstructing a Talmudic argument, Gann students learn that academic excellence requires the ability and the courage to ask interesting and essential questions, and the drive and the skills to explore various possible answers.

A Gann education also inspires our students to think deeply about what matters to them as people. What do you value and what do you care most about? Where do you come from, what communities are you part of, and for what future do you feel responsible? The power of being in a diverse Jewish community during these formative years is that our students learn to find meaning, inspiration, and purpose in their Jewish heritage as they navigate their human journey.

The result is that our students develop into intellectually confident, ethically responsible, passionately engaged citizens and leaders, creators of the future and repairers of the world.

We invite and encourage you to explore this website to learn more about a Gann education.

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Glimpse of Gann

List of 3 news stories.

  • Changing the World: A History of Disability in the United States

    Gann hosted a reception at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, where our 11th grade history students have created a ground-breaking museum exhibit.  Hundreds of visitors have toured the exhibit, which documents the often-hidden history of disability in America.  Senior Sarah Levin describes the exhibit: “The history of disability was to hide it. The approach was ‘don’t talk about it’.  We’re breaking new ground here, which is difficult and challenging, but also is what we hope will be really amazing.”

    As in many Gann history classes, the students didn’t merely chronicle events and dates, but rather they became historians themselves.  They combed through archives across the U.S., interviewed disability rights activists and government leaders, and even perused cemeteries housing the unmarked graves of Americans with disabilities.   As teacher Alex Green explains, “what the students are doing is developing the skills of professional historians and applying those skills to real world problems.  As a result, they’re sparking a national conversation that can help change perceptions about disability.”
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  • Diversity and Student Leadership

    One of Gann's key values is an appreciation of diversity in all forms. In celebration of this value, last week, four Gann students and three faculty and staff members attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in Nashville, Tennessee. Sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools, the conference is the leading multiracial and multicultural gathering of independent high school student leaders in America, attracting more than 1,600 students.

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  • Gann Leads on Affordability Among Independent Schools

    Gann’s leadership in affordability planning was recently recognized at the Association of Independent Schools of New England Business Officers Retreat in Wellesley Massachusetts.  Gail Schulman, Gann Academy Chief Operating Officer, and Emilie Goncalves, Director of Admissions, led a popular session on “Thinking In New Ways About Affordability Programs”. 
    Said Schulman, “Gann has been thinking about issues of affordability for years now.  For families who’ve been paying tuition since kindergarten, four more years can feel like an enormous burden.  And for families coming from public schools, tuition can feel like a shock to the system.” 
    She explained, “In recent years, we’ve introduced special affordability programs for both categories of families, to make a Gann education accessible to all.   We’re especially proud of the work we’ve done on affordability for middle-tier families—those who might not qualify for traditional programs and yet who still benefit from a bit of discounting.  Those are the families that other schools haven’t yet figured out how to serve, and they’re looking at Gann’s work for ideas.”
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