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?

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 35 communities and all types of Jewish backgrounds. They grow together intellectually, morally, emotionally, and Jewishly.

Welcome to Gann Academy.

ACADEMICS AT GANN

BE KNOWN

BUILT ON JEWISH VALUES, CONNECTING WITH A DIVERSE WORLD

CHANGE THE WORLD

RUN, SING, BUILD A ROBOT, DEBATE

COMMUNITY

WHO WILL YOU BECOME?

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5:1

12

8

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.

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Average Class Size

Students per Advisory

How We Teach

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Curriculum Depth and Breadth

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Learning Through Experience

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Outstanding Faculty

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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.

How We Teach

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.

Curriculum Depth and Breadth

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.

Learning Through Experience

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.

Outstanding Faculty

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.

Advisory: Where Students are Heard, Known and Understood

On day one, you’ll be matched with a faculty member who will look out for you and ease your transition to high school. Your advisor will help you choose classes and strike that balance between academics and everything else, while always ready to lend an ear or a shoulder. Your Advisory group—consisting of you, seven of your peers, and your advisor—meets twice a week throughout your four years for discussions, activities, and workshops.

For many students, Advisory is central to their Gann experience. It’s a judgment-free zone where they grapple with ideas, both big and small, entertain diverse viewpoints, form close friendships, and learn to advocate for themselves and their values.

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.

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.

But it’s about so much more.

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

Our students make a significant impact both in their local communities and around the world. At Gann, you will be surrounded by inspirational peers and supportive faculty that will encourage you to bring your ideas to life. When you graduate, you’ll leave with the self-awareness and confidence to pursue your passions and actively participate in the world.

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!

STUDENT CLUBS

& ENSEMBLES

50

51

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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

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 

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.

Shira '20

“I love the teachers at Gann! They go above and beyond in their efforts to build relationships with each individual student, making all of us feel independently valued and supported—both with course material and personal matters."

Ezra '20

"Gann gave me the opportunity to see the world not as black and white but as a kaleidoscope of opinions and beliefs that I never even knew existed."

Alyssa '18

"Gann taught me to think for myself and that it is okay to have my own opinions which, in turn, has made me grow intellectually and emotionally."

Aaron '19

"Gann has instilled in me a feeling of belonging. My teachers and peers have allowed me to carve out my own space and I know that anything I share with the community will be, without judgement, respected and valued."

Ilana '19

"In my time at Gann, I have played sports, directed a short play, competed on the math team, and edited for three publications. Through all of this, I never had to give up one of my passions for another. I was able to try anything and do everything."

Ben '19

"Coming from public school, I was nervous to join the Gann community, but the warm and inclusive students and faculty helped me feel included from day one."

Liora '19

"I love having the opportunity to explore different facets of Judaism and different ways of observing and not observing, and even just having friends who are so different from myself."

Micah '19

"At Gann, I feel enough empathy to listen to other peoples' ideas and opinions, and enough respect to feel assured of my own thoughts."

Emma '20

"The teachers here really care not only about making the classes interesting overall but also about finding out what each of us is passionate about."

Ben '19

"At Gann, learning doesn’t stop when the bell rings. It continues in the deep discussions and strong relationships that fill the hallways. It's the kind of place that makes me excited to wake up and go to school each morning."

Danielle '21

"The teachers at Gann not only care about teaching, but also care about getting to know each and every one of their students."

Margalit C. '06

“There are quite a few people at Gann who impacted my life in positive and dramatic ways, from coaches to teachers of all disciplines. What I remember most fondly was every faculty member’s personal investment in his or her students. The genuine interest of teachers in a student’s success is hard to find.”

Vice President, Account Director at FCB Health

Josh H. '09

Entrepreneur and Early Stage Investor,
Co-Founder of CauseMo and The MBA Fund

"When I started a software company that helped nonprofits, I remembered the Tanakh teacher who invited our class to Shabbat dinner and taught us the importance of improving the world"

Shira Z. '04

Director of College Counseling,
Match Charter School

“Gann gave me a platform to gain confidence, discover my passions, and explore big ideas. Gann taught me that our responsibility as Jews is to engage with the world, and to do our part to make the world better.”

Evan C. '12

Business Development Manager,
Pandion Therapeutics

"Gann encourages students to speak up and to have the courage of their convictions. Those skills helped prepare me for my management role in biotech and also positioned me to be a leader in the Jewish community."

Ayelet P. '12

Homelessness Prevention Advocate, HomeStart

"Gann taught me how to confront the uncomfortable and grapple with the nuances of a complex and difficult world—and how to transform this discomfort into empathy and compassion."

Arnon S. '04

Writer/Director, "The Pirate Captain Toledano"
(Now available on Amazon Prime)

“Gann shaped me tremendously and gave me confidence. The school is founded on a pluralistic philosophy and discourse is sacred. We learned to channel disagreement through a sense of common purpose and that has dramatically influenced the way I navigate life.”

Sarah C. '11

Director of Speechwriting,
Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations

“My interest in pluralism at Gann made me always want to understand multiple points of view. That’s provided me with a strong foundation in my current job addressing different audiences and viewpoints.”

Tyler C. '12

Consultant, PwC's Strategy

"I didn’t realize how well Gann prepared me to structure my thoughts and write them in a coherent way until I arrived at college and realized I was well ahead of many of my peers at U Penn. As a consultant, I draw on my Gann skills of analysis, writing, and public speaking every day."

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.

Shira '20

“I love the teachers at Gann! They go above and beyond in their efforts to build relationships with each individual student, making all of us feel independently valued and supported—both with course material and personal matters."

Ezra '20

"Gann gave me the opportunity to see the world not as black and white but as a kaleidoscope of opinions and beliefs that I never even knew existed."

Alyssa '18

"Gann taught me to think for myself and that it is okay to have my own opinions which, in turn, has made me grow intellectually and emotionally."

Aaron '19

"Gann has instilled in me a feeling of belonging. My teachers and peers have allowed me to carve out my own space and I know that anything I share with the community will be, without judgement, respected and valued."

Ilana '19

"In my time at Gann, I have played sports, directed a short play, competed on the math team, and edited for three publications. Through all of this, I never had to give up one of my passions for another. I was able to try anything and do everything."

Ben '19

"Coming from public school, I was nervous to join the Gann community, but the warm and inclusive students and faculty helped me feel included from day one."

Liora '19

"I love having the opportunity to explore different facets of Judaism and different ways of observing and not observing, and even just having friends who are so different from myself."

Micah '19

"At Gann, I feel enough empathy to listen to other peoples' ideas and opinions, and enough respect to feel assured of my own thoughts."

Emma '20

"The teachers here really care not only about making the classes interesting overall but also about finding out what each of us is passionate about."

Ben '19

"At Gann, learning doesn’t stop when the bell rings. It continues in the deep discussions and strong relationships that fill the hallways. It's the kind of place that makes me excited to wake up and go to school each morning."

Danielle '21

"The teachers at Gann not only care about teaching, but also care about getting to know each and every one of their students."

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.

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.

Socrates had it right.

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.

Our students make a significant impact both in their local communities and around the world. At Gann, you will be surrounded by inspirational peers and supportive faculty that will encourage you to bring your ideas to life. When you graduate, you’ll leave with the self-awareness and confidence to pursue your passions and actively participate in the world.

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.

On day one, you’ll be matched with a faculty member who will look out for you and ease your transition to high school. Your advisor will help you choose classes and strike that balance between academics and everything else, while always ready to lend an ear or a shoulder. Your Advisory group—consisting of you, seven of your peers, and your advisor—meets twice a week throughout your four years for discussions, activities, and workshops.

For many students, Advisory is central to their Gann experience. It’s a judgment-free zone where they grapple with ideas, both big and small, entertain diverse viewpoints, form close friendships, and learn to advocate for themselves and their values.

Advisory: Where Students are Heard, Known and Understood

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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

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 

How We Teach

LEARN MORE

Curriculum Depth and Breadth

LEARN MORE

Learning Through Experience

LEARN MORE

Outstanding Faculty

LEARN MORE

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.

Outstanding Faculty

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.

Learning Through Experience

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.

Curriculum Depth and Breadth

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.

How We Teach

Margalit C. '06

“There are quite a few people at Gann who impacted my life in positive and dramatic ways, from coaches to teachers of all disciplines. What I remember most fondly was every faculty member’s personal investment in his or her students. The genuine interest of teachers in a student’s success is hard to find.”

Vice President, 
Account Director at FCB Health

Josh H. '09

Entrepreneur and 
Early Stage Investor,
Co-Founder of CauseMo 

and The MBA Fund

“When I started a software company that helped nonprofits, I remembered the Tanakh teacher who invited our class to Shabbat dinner and taught us the importance of improving the world”

Shira Z. '04

Director of College Counseling,
Match Charter School

“Gann gave me a platform to gain confidence, discover my passions, and explore big ideas. Gann taught me that our responsibility as Jews is to engage with the world, and to do our part to make the world better.”

Evan C. '12

Business Development Manager,
Pandion Therapeutics

"Gann encourages students to speak up and to have the courage of their convictions. Those skills helped prepare me for my management role in biotech and also positioned me to be a leader in the Jewish community."

Ayelet P. '12

Homelessness Prevention Advocate, HomeStart

"Gann taught me how to confront the uncomfortable and grapple with the nuances of a complex and difficult world—and how to transform this discomfort into empathy and compassion."

Arnon S. '04

Writer/Director, "The Pirate Captain Toledano"
(Now available on Amazon Prime)

“Gann shaped me tremendously and gave me confidence. The school is founded on a pluralistic philosophy and discourse is sacred. We learned to channel disagreement through a sense of common purpose and that has dramatically influenced the way I navigate life.”

Sarah C. '11

Director of Speechwriting,
Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations

“My interest in pluralism at Gann made me always want to understand multiple points of view. That’s provided me with a strong foundation in my current job addressing different audiences and viewpoints.”

Tyler C. '12

Consultant, PwC's Strategy

"I didn’t realize how well Gann prepared me to structure my thoughts and write them in a coherent way until I arrived at college and realized I was well ahead of many of my peers at U Penn. As a consultant, I draw on my Gann skills of analysis, writing, and public speaking every day."

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.