Mission & Vision

A New Vision for a Sustainable Community

We empower students by helping them understand the impact of their daily actions as well as the actions of others.  By using New York City as our extended classroom, students learn that sustainability means meeting our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  Through their authentic, project-based learning expeditions in all disciplines, as well as their experiences in science and technology, students become critical thinkers who gather information, carefully weigh their options, and make informed, thoughtful choices that effect change.  Our students take action to maintain and create sustainable systems within their neighborhood, community, city, state, country, and world.


Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School graduates are well prepared for success in college due to their demanding coursework and real-world fieldwork experiences with leaders in the sustainability movement.  Our graduates have an edge on their peers by possessing an understanding of not only the challenges faced by their generation, but also of the innovative approaches to solutions in the fields of architecture, science, urban planning, and technology.  Our graduates, through their examination of the principles of sustainability, are reflective young people who think about their choices and the impact of their actions.  They approach decisions with confidence – resisting impulsivity, knowing how to identify potential choices, anticipating the likelihood of various consequences, and deciding which choice is best, not just for the immediate future, but also for the long term.  As a natural extension of the interdisciplinary projects created each year while studying at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, graduates will be prepared to be catalysts for change as they enter adulthood and act to leave this planet in a better condition than it was found.

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