Don’t count on finding all 437 students of the Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School in their seats – or even in their New Springville building – on a given day. They could be participating in the annual College March toward higher education, attending the mayor’s town hall meeting, visiting a museum or completing fieldwork in ecology at Freshkills Park.
Founded in 2007, Gaynor McCown is a 9th-12th grade high school on Staten Island that serves about 440 students. It shares the Jerome Parker Educational Complex with three other schools, including MAELS, one of our middle schools. The school prepares young people for success in college and other post-secondary careers in a small, safe, academically rigorous learning community. Gaynor McCown’s mission is to equip students with the skills and orientation necessary for responsible citizenship, in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and parents, so that graduates may leave their mark on the world.
The school is named after the late R. Gaynor McCown, an innovative educator who was the former Executive Director of the Teaching Commission and longtime NYC Outward Bound Schools Board member. Gaynor McCown’s motto, Make a Mark, Make a Difference, reflects the words of the school’s namesake, who believed that the purpose of education is to help unlock students’ full potential and activate them to make the world a better place.
For more information about Gaynor McCown or to enroll your child, please visit the school’s official website.
Jerome Parker Educational Complex
100 Essex Drive
Staten Island, NY 10314
Email: [email protected]
School Code: R064