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Henry M. Gunn High School’s

Small Learning Community

Program Overview

“A Sense of Place.”

Our small learning community is designed for 28 freshmen and will provide a tightly knit community, integrated curriculum, outdoor adventure, and opportunities to grow as leaders.

All students will share some common classes and teachers.  The content and standards will be the same as our traditional courses; however, in the small learning community program, the teachers and students will work together to explore common themes and demonstrate their knowledge in some cross-curricular projects.

Students in the Small Learning Community will be enrolled together in the same English and history course.  We are working on incorporating biology into the program.  If possible, students will take a specialty PE which, in addition to the traditional content, will focus on leadership, character, and team building games. 

Although not required, we encourage students in the Small Learning Community to enroll in Art Spectrum, Living Skills, and Spanish as their electives, as those teachers will incorporate our common themes into their courses.



In addition, we will offer our students outdoor adventure trips and leadership training.

Our theme this year is “A Sense of Place,” and in our integrated curriculum, students will explore their place in history and in the local and global community.  Our small learning community will provide ninth graders with a sense of place at Gunn, as they transition from the middle to the high school.