What is Expeditionary Learning?

In partnering with New York City Outward Bound Schools and in following the Expeditionary Learning model for schools, we best execute our mission to provide our students with the experiences, knowledge, and skills to be prepared for success in college.  The Expeditionary Learning
model for schools has received national acclaim.  Independent, third-party evaluations and internal assessments provide strong evidence that the Expeditionary Learning model delivers highly effective professional development, improves instruction and school culture, fosters significant improvement in student achievement scores across all ability levels (as measured by standardized tests and portfolios of student work), improves student attendance and behavior, and increases parent involvement.


Some of the structures that are in place to support student learning as part of the Expeditionary Learning model are:


  1. Crews, which function as advisories for small groups of students.  Our educators, working as Crew Leaders, will develop close relationships with students in order to build community, assist students in preparing for college, and develop strong relationships with parents.


  1. Learning Expeditions that provide students with in-depth, investigative units of study across the curriculum that engage students in real-world learning experiences


  1. Fieldwork and Experts, which are vital aspects of the Expeditionary Learning model that provide opportunities for our students to work, serve, and learn outside of the classroom.


  1. Enrichment Intensives and Academic Intensives, which are short-term courses centered on topics of specific interest to students.


  1. Student-Led Conferences, which are twice-yearly presentations of work by students to the larger community that allow students to reflect upon and share their learning.


  1. Exit Projects, which are required for students to demonstrate the synthesis of their learning
    experiences throughout the year.