• At Tollgate we come together to explore, question, and create in order to do better work and be better people than we ever thought possible!


  • The Primacy of Self-Discovery: Learning happens best with emotion, challenge and the requisite support.

  • The Having of Wonderful Ideas: Teaching in Expeditionary Learning schools fosters curiosity about the world.

  • The Responsibility for Learning: Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity.

  • Empathy and Caring: Learning is fostered best in communities where students' and teachers' ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust.

  • Success and Failure: All students need to be successful if they are to build the confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges.

  • Collaboration and Competition: Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear.

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others.

  • The Natural World: A direct and respectful relationship with the natural world, which refreshes the human spirit and teaches the important ideas of recurring cycles and cause and effect.

  • Solitude and Reflection: Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas.

  • Service and Compassion: Students and teachers are strengthened through acts of consequential service to others.


  • Perseverence

  • I identify roadblocks to learning.

  • I plan steps to work through the challenge.

  • I set challenging goals for myself.

  • I make choices that help me reach my goal.

  • Inquiry

  • I can ask questions that help me create a deeper understanding.

  • I can use different resources and tools to explore my curiosities.

  • I can connect my learning to the ourside world.

  • Responsibility

  • I can collaborate to achieve group goals and consider others' perspectives.

  • I can contribute to CREW conversations.

  • I can keep learning as my focus.

  • I can ask for help and support when I need it.

  • I can respect the diversity of our CREW.

  • Craftsmanship

  • I can create high quality work.

  • I can revise to improve my work based on the required criteria.

  • I can honestly reflect on my progress.

  • I can explain why I am proud of my work.

  • Respect

  • I can value and be accepting of others ideas, opinions, and time.

  • I can create a safe and secure learning environment that promotes risk-taking.

  • I can assume positive intent when working with others.