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.

What I love about Gann is that from the moments 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.
I invite and encourage you to explore this website to learn more about a Gann education.

With blessings,

Rabbi Marc Baker
Head of School
 
 

Rabbi Marc Baker Chosen as Next CJP President; Dr. Jerry Katz Appointed as Interim Head of School

Gann Academy proudly congratulates Head of School Rabbi Marc Baker who has been selected as the next President of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). We are excited to see Rabbi Baker recognized for the combination of vision, intellect, and compassion that we so appreciate at Gann. Rabbi Baker will remain at Gann throughout the current school year and will assume his new role in July.

Dr. Jerry Katz has been appointed as Interim Head of School for the 2018-2019 school year. Dr. Katz has 30 years of experience as a head of school and is a recognized and respected educational leader. He is, perhaps, best known locally as the former Head of School at The Park School, where he spent 20 years establishing his reputation for excellence and integrity. After leaving The Park School, Dr. Katz became Head of School at Rodeph Sholom School (RRS), a Reform K-8 day school in New York City. At RSS, Dr. Katz led a strategic four-year process that involved significant strides in Development, Enrollment, Governance, and other fundamental areas. He returned to Boston from RSS last year and has been advising a number of schools in conducting searches for new leaders and coaching new heads of school during their initial years of leadership.

Visit the Head of School Search Page for updates on the search.

Rabbi Baker's Weekly Message

List of 5 news stories.

  • Covenantal Community

    Head of School, Rabbi Marc Baker
    18 May 2018
    4 Sivan 5778
     
    Shalom Chaverim,
     
    Yesterday morning, in the sunlit corner of our library, I met with about 25 parents for our last “Coffee and Schmooze” of the year and my last as Head of School. We shared some updates and highlights of the tenth graders’ Israel experience, and I reflected on my personal journey and some of what I’ve seen and learned over the past 11 years. As we always do, we sat in a circle.

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  • A Peak Experience: Shabbat In Tzfat

    Head of School, Rabbi Marc Baker
    11 May 2018
    26 Iyar 5778

    Shalom Chaverim, 

    I am writing just a brief message this week as I am in Israel with the Gann Academy tenth grade class. It feels appropriate that we are spending this Shabbat—just about half-way through our students’ Israel experience—in the holy city of Tzfat. In many ways, this place is a peak, both literally and metaphorically. 

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  • Great Teaching by Not Knowing

    Head of School, Rabbi Marc Baker
    4 May 2018 
    19 Iyar 5778

    Shalom Chaverim,

    With the sun finally shining and the weather warming up, it has been a full and spirited week at Gann Academy and for the Greater Boston Jewish community. Yesterday we celebrated Lag B’Omer, a minor holiday that falls in between Passover and Shavuot, with music, bonfires, and s’mores on the patio. On Monday our seniors began Ma’avar, working both on and off campus on independent studies, internships, and special projects as the culmination of their four-year experience. On the other end of the high school experience, this morning we welcomed our incoming Class of 2022 for Step-Up Day, their first taste of the Gann experience. Midor l’dor—from generation to generation. 

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  • High Priests of Inclusion

    Head of School, Rabbi Marc Baker
    27 April 2018
    12 Iyar 5778

    Shalom Chaverim,
     
    This week I had the pleasure of attending the OUTstanding Annual Awards Gala of Keshet, the Boston-based, national organization working for LGBTQ equality and inclusion in the Jewish community. The stories, many about transgender teenagers, were particularly moving and highlighted Keshet’s sacred work. I am grateful for the partnership and support they have provided our school for many years.

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  • Israel's 70th – Pride, Gratitude, Wonder

    20 April 2018
    5 Iyar 5778

    Shalom Chaverim, 

    Last Sunday at 6:00 am, our tenth grade students and their parents arrived at the Gann campus to make history. We have sent students on an extended Israel experience every year over the past two decades, but this year, on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding, is the first time we have sent an entire grade (with just one exception for good reason). As I handed them $1 bills for tzedakah and blessed them and the extraordinary journey on which they were about to embark, I felt proud of them and of Gann for investing in and continually improving and evolving both this Israel experience and our four-year Israel education in order to educate, inspire, and empower our students as citizens and leaders of the Jewish People in the 21st century. I also want to express my tremendous gratitude to our parents for their trust and investment in this experience and to all of the partners, including our Board of Trustees, our teachers, and our generous supporters, who have invested so much thought, care, and reflection into evaluating, envisioning, re-imagining, creating, planning, and executing Israel education at Gann. Thank you. 

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