What is Expeditionary Learning?

Expeditionary Learning (EL) is a comprehensive school design, which intentionally influences every aspect of schooling.  School leadership, finances, governance, teacher training, pedagogy, assessment practices, curriculum design, and school culture are all shaped by the EL design.  The EL model challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater engagement in schools.  Ten Design Principles communicate the values that drive the work of the school community; you can find them on our “About” page.   Born of a partnership between the Harvard School of Education and Outward Bound in 1992, EL has continued to grow and strengthen its work with teachers and college-bound students across the nation.  You can read more about EL at