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Expeditionary Learning

Expeditionary Learning (EL) is an acclaimed national model for school reform that emphasizes high achievement through learning that is active, challenging, meaningful, public and collaborative. The EL Network has over 160 schools, including Presumpscot Elementary and King Middle School.

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In 2006, Portland became the nation's first city with a K-12 Expeditionary Learning option for its children. Since 2011, Casco Bay has been one of Expeditionary Learning's twenty “Mentor Schools.”

“Expeditionary Learning’s Mentor Schools stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the highest performing schools in the nation because of their students’ academic achievement, college readiness skills, and deep engagement in learning.”

-Scott Hartl
President and CEO of Expeditionary Learning

Expeditionary Learning Design Principles

Expeditionary Learning harnesses the natural passion to learn and is a powerful method for developing the curiosity, skills, knowledge and courage needed both to imagine a better world and to work toward realizing it. Expeditionary Learning is built on ten design principles that reflect the educational values and beliefs of Kurt Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound: