Our Vision for the Future Begins with Our Students

Geffen Academy encourages students to be creative, collaborative and engaged young adults who question, analyze and practice their skills with deliberation. Through inspired learning in our classrooms, we strive to instill in our graduates the understanding that knowledge is beautiful, transformative and relevant to one’s life and civic responsibility in a just, free and global community.

Putting Our Values into Practice

Our approach to thinking and learning is rooted in the science of adolescence and the belief that it is our responsibility to honor the complexity of student development. To that end, Geffen Academy’s core values are the guiding heart of our curriculum and community. They include:

  • Our Relationship to Challenge
    that includes persevering in the face of academic rigor and helping students to find the grit and

  • Habits, Skills, Standards and Practices
    that help students excel in process, progress, and product — and inspires them to design their own rigorous courses of study, when appropriate

  • Self- and Social-Awareness
    that evolves through the development of a Mind/Body connection which encourages self-management, mental health and responsible decision-making

  • Ethical Reasoning and Relationships
    Relationships that develop from richly diverse classrooms and connected lives that value empathy across differences

  • Research
    that informs best practices in the classroom and encourages collaboration with UCLA and cultural partners throughout Los Angeles

“Each student brings a unique background and experience, which promotes a greater capacity for learning, creativity, and conversation. We are inspired to know that our “pioneers” are the 21st century leaders of tomorrow.”

KEISHIA GU, M.ED, Director of Admissions and Enrollment

“Each student brings a unique background and experience, which promotes a greater capacity for learning, creativity, and conversation. We are inspired to know that our “pioneers” are the 21st century leaders of tomorrow.”

KEISHIA GU, M.ED, Director of Admissions and Enrollment

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