At any time of the year, you will find students engaged in study and project-based work that is connected to the land and the community.

Every autumn marks a beginning for GUS students. In September they set out - within their classrooms, on our wider campus, and on experiential trips across the North Shore - to discover themselves as learners, rooted in hands-on, curriculum-driven exploration that makes learning real, tangible, and engaging. These experiences are woven into their subject area studies in math, language arts, social studies, science, foreign language, the arts, and athletics.

Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and other subjects across the curriculum.
This approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their communities, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens.
— David Sobel, Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms & Communities