Tollgate Elementary

School of Expeditionary Learning


What is Expeditionary Learning?

Expeditionary Learning Schools (ELS) is a national, non-profit organization that partners with schools to improve student achievement, build student character, enhance instructional practices and foster a positive school culture.

Why is Tollgate working with Expeditionary Learning Schools?

  • ELS provides rigorous professional learning for teachers that results in higher achievement gains for all students through:
    • A rigorous and engaging curriculum based on state and national standards
    • Active, inquiry based learning strategies
    • A school culture that demands and teaches compassion and good citizenship.
    • Engaging topics and rich learning experiences that result in high quality products and presentations of learning.


  • Tollgate Elementary School was selected to be an Expeditionary Learning School because of its mission, vision  and strong commitment to high achievement for all students.


What new things can I expect for my student as a result of the work with Expeditionary Learning Schools?

    • Reading, writing and math skills will be strengthened and deepened through real world learning and field experiences.
    • Students will be taking a more active role in setting learning and achievement goals.
    • Teachers will place a greater focus on student reflection and revision
    • Students will form a deeper connection to the school community and to the world around them.
    • Students will showcase their work through public presentations and performances.