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.

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

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 cultures 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 high quality work. Their learning expeditions- which may result in original scientific reports, presentations 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 learners 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 motivate them to work independently, think critically about the world around them, and persist with their work until it is of high quality.

Our Vision

It is our vision to be the pinnacle of knowledge, character, ethics, and community building.

  • Teach children to be cognitive, analytical, creative and enthusiastic lifelong learners.

  • Teachers are role-models for their students.

  • Parents are role-models for their children.

  • Senior students are role-models for younger ones.

Our Mission

Manara Academy will provide students with a creative, adaptive and ethical environment to prepare them to become future leaders of the society. Provide high academic achievement. Firm command of a foreign language. Address the needs of students, their families and their communities by building on the strengths of students’ cultural heritage and life experiences to enable them to become successful.

Our Core Values


  • We believe in individual, family, community, and global responsibility.
  • We promise what we can deliver, and deliver on every promise.
  • We need to give our best, for our school to be the best.

Academic Excellence

  • We believe in innovation, hands-on experiences, and life long learning
  • We believe that what gets assessed gets improved.

Character & Ethic

  • We believe in truthfulness, integrity, trustworthiness, and doing the right thing sincerely.