The Story of Manara Academy

Expeditionary Learning Education is one of the Nation's most innovative and successful school design instructional models. Through expeditionary learning design principles and practices, school designers enable our teachers to implement real life, project-based learning "expeditions" that promote literacy and integrate curricular content. Expeditionary learning also delivers the school's stated mission goals of providing students with a creative, adaptive and ethical environment consistent with the state's curriculum standards.

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Our students are outperforming state and district averages on standardized tests and, in our high schools, 100% college acceptance is the standard. 


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OUR STUDENTS ARE HIGHLY ENGAGED LEARNERS AND MOTIVATED TO MASTER ACADEMIC CONTENT.




Our schools are safe and respectful learning environments. The motto "we are crew, not passengers" guides our schools as they build culture of respect, responsibility, courage, and kindness-where students and educators are committed to quality work and citizenship. Students take responsibility for each other and for their learning and build leadership skills that help them excel. 

Our students are highly engaged learners, motivated to master academic content and produce highly quality work. Their learning expeditions-which may result in original scientific reports, presentation to government officials, or urban renewal projects-contribute beyond the classroom. Learning with a purpose helps students develop the academic skills and work ethic that prepare them for college and beyond. 

We work closely with schools to provide the training and resources necessary to provide every student with a great teacher. Our teachers are trained to tailor instruction to help a diverse range of learners achieve. Research shows that our teachers are closing critical achievement gaps for English language learner and for Hispanic, African American and low-income students. 

Our students are outperforming state and district averages on standardized tests and, in our high schools, 100% college acceptance is the standard. Our college-bound students learn inquiry skills, research skills, and habits of scholarship that motivates them to work independently, think critically about the world around them, and persist with their work until it is of high quality.