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Be challenged. Be known. Love school.

Are you looking for a school where students are not only smart and ambitious but also happy and kind? Where learning is academically rigorous, but also collaborative? A place where it's cool to be yourself—whether you’re interested in computers, baseball, arts or political activism? And where, with the range of extra-curricular activities, you’ll find a second home?

Welcome to Gann Academy.

At Gann, you’ll find a student body that cares deeply about learning, and that also cares deeply about the world and about each other. You’ll find teachers and administrators who are your guides, mentors, and cheering section, not just in moments of success, but also through the struggles that are part of growing up.

At Gann, you will delve into your studies, question often, explore your passions, and make life-long friends. Our campus in Waltham attracts students from more than 20 communities and all types of Jewish backgrounds. They grow together intellectually, morally, emotionally, and Jewishly.

ACADEMICS AT GANN


Socrates had it right.

Questions are at the heart of learning, and Gann students ask a lot of probing questions. Whether the setting is a classroom, lab, studio, or under a tree, learning at Gann is collaborative, interdisciplinary, self-directed, and fun.

How We Teach
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How We Teach

Gann's expert teachers serve as instructors, collaborators, facilitators, and guides. Students play an active role in their own learning. Lectures are rare, while student-directed research and hands-on group work are the norms. Instruction focuses on the mastery of skills, not the simple acquisition of content.
 
Our most important job is to impart the skills and habits that will serve our students throughout their lives: inquisitiveness, persistence, clear and flexible thinking, risk-taking, meaning making, deep listening and, ethical decision-making.

Curriculum Depth and Breadth
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Curriculum Depth and Breadth

What’s your passion? Computer science? Philosophy, Arabic? 3D Modeling? Environmental Science and Sustainability? At Gann, our impressive array of classes lets you dive deeply into your interests and discover new ones.

Here's one example. Like every department at Gann, Computing, Design & Fabrication has courses for everyone—from the hardcore engineer-to-be to the curious dabbler. The emphasis is on cross-disciplinary learning, problem-solving, and the human needs that drive engineering solutions. Choose among multiple levels of computer science and engineering, robotics, and electives in design, prototyping, or wearable technology.

Learning Through Experience
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Learning Through Experience

Gann puts a premium on experiential learning, inside and outside the classroom. You may learn about force and velocity by programming a tiny robot to traverse an obstacle course or create a museum exhibit about the history of disabilities as the culmination of your American history course.

The world is your classroom. During Exploration week in the spring, the entire student body fans out across the country to volunteer, explore new places, and learn about themselves and the world. Every sophomore spends six weeks in Israel—traveling, learning about the country’s culture and history, and meeting people from all walks of life. And senior year culminates in a six-week capstone project— from writing and producing a play to volunteering at a homeless shelter to doing medical research in a lab.

Outstanding Faculty
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Outstanding Faculty

Gann invests deeply in professional development, and we nurture our teachers as deliberately and thoughtfully as we do our students. Gann teachers grow through mentoring, class observation and feedback, and study groups. They conduct nationally-published research on teaching effectiveness. Our faculty development program has been recognized by groups as diverse as Harvard Graduate School of Education and Prizmah’s Center for Jewish Day Schools. About 90% of our faculty hold advanced degrees, with a number of PhDs among them.

We encourage our teachers to innovate, take risks, and constantly evolve their teaching as needs, technologies and pedagogical approaches change—and they model these qualities for their students.


Heading to great colleges.
Building a better world.

Year after year, our students matriculate at a range of top colleges. But we believe the most important measure of success is that our seniors land at the school that’s right for them. Our college counselors begin from the premise that applying to college is a time of exploration and growth, not stress and anxiety. They support students through the entire process—whether they are heading straight to college or taking a gap year.

When Gann students arrive at college, they have the reputation of being analytical, independent thinkers and strong communicators, engaged with their community and the world.

  • American University
  • Barnard College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Clark University
  • Colby College
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Emory University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Ithaca College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lehigh University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • McGill University
  • Michigan State University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Princeton University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Roger Williams University
  • Skidmore College
  • Stanford University
  • Syracuse University
  • The George Washington University
  • The New School
  • Trinity College
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Vermont
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Yale University
  • Yeshiva University

BE KNOWN

At Gann, you will be known and supported by your teachers, advisors, and peers. Thanks to our small class sizes, passionate faculty, and our excellent advisory program, the Gann faculty-student relationship is less teacher-student and more mentor-mentee.
5:1
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
12
Average Class Size
8
Students per Advisory

BUILT ON JEWISH VALUES, CONNECTING WITH A DIVERSE WORLD


What does it mean to attend a pluralistic Jewish school?

It begins with celebrating the wide range of Jewish beliefs and practices students bring to our community. It means adding Hebrew to your repertoire of world languages; delving into classical Jewish texts and modern philosophy; exploring the world through a lens of Jewish values and social justice; and having powerful Jewish experiences in a community of peers.

But it’s about so much more.

It’s about valuing learning and academic rigor, but always seeking a balanced life; opening your mind to new ideas and opposing opinions; embracing debate as a path to wisdom; caring for the most vulnerable; and honoring your potential by allowing it to be ignited and sustained by the Gann community.

Our students leave Gann knowing who they are as Jews and as people, ready to engage more deeply with the global community.

CHANGE THE WORLD


Gann is a community grounded in Jewish values and committed to social justice.

Our students strive to leave the world a better place than they found it. From medical devices to museums, lobbying to volunteering, Gann students turn their passion into positive and impactful change in our local, national, and global communities.

Students designed, prototyped, and patented a rotating stretcher to safely and quickly evacuate an injured person across uneven terrain.

American history students unearthed the buried history of disability in America. Then they teamed up with design students to create a museum exhibit for the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. The exhibit is part of a larger push by the students to create a national museum of disability history.
  

After the Parkland shootings, students staged protests and lobbied their legislators. They also turned to theatre as protest, staging “Natural Shocks,” a tour-de-force play about guns and domestic violence. A story about the performance aired on Boston’s NPR affiliate.

Our environmentally-conscious students led an initiative that persuaded the school to move to 100% renewable electricity and install more than 800 solar panels.

Gann students take their responsibility as global citizens seriously. Every year, students give back in many ways—rebuilding homes in New Orleans, volunteering at Pine Street Inn, and visiting children from developing countries as they recover from life-saving surgery at Save A Child’s Heart in Israel

Gann students are encouraged to advocate for causes they believe in. They attend national policy conferences, lobby their legislators, and volunteer with political campaigns.

RUN, SING, BUILD A ROBOT, DEBATE


Whatever your passion, Gann has something for you.

Interested in technology? Join a robotics program. Is research and debate your thing? Check out Model UN or Mock Trial. If you’d rather spend time on a field or a court, our numerous varsity and JV sports offer competition at the highest level, turning out league champions, MVPs, and all-stars year after year. Red Curtain Drama Club, Grateful Dead Club, Women in STEM, our weekly newspaper, Stock Market Club… the opportunities go on and on.

Not sure what your passion is? Explore something new!

35+

Clubs

& student organizations

47

Athletic

Conference Championships

13

Varsity Sports

& 7 JV Teams

4

Robotics Teams

Including the Bot Mitzvahs,
an all-female-identifying team

6

weeks in Israel

with your classmates

125+

classes

offered each year

COMMUNITY


Gann friendships are often life-long friendships and it's no accident.

We're intentional and creative about community building, kicking off the year with a school-wide Community Day that sets the tone for what’s to come. Every week offers opportunities to learn, celebrate, and hang out with each other—from student-run assemblies to holiday celebrations. Twenty-four-hour Shabbatons—grade-wide gatherings that are both spiritual and playful—allow students and faculty to connect with each other on a deeper level. Special programs like Exploration Week and our six-week Israel experience further bond us to one another.

Who will you become?


Gann is a launching pad for bright futures.

These four years are as much a time for personal growth and exploration as they are for developing skills and gaining knowledge. Our alums go on to make their mark in countless careers and endeavors. They tell us over and over about the profound role Gann played in their journeys to lives of meaning and impact.

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Are you ready to open up your mind and heart, make life-long friends, and work and play harder and more joyfully than you ever have before?

Fill out the form below, call 781-642-6800, or email us at admissions@gannacademy.org.