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21st Century Learning

21st Century Learning

Germantown Academy's 21st Century Learning initiatives are designed to educate creative thinkers to adapt to evolving careers and new challenges of global citizenry.

Using educational frameworks from the National Association of Independent Schools' Schools of the Future program, along with the national advocacy organization Partnership for 21st Century Learning, we have developed PreK-12 programs that foster collaboration, build engagement, and honor the traditions of independent school curriculum while providing access to new modes of learning relevant to a 21st century world.

Maker spaces, education technology, entrepreneurship, and project-based learning, among other opportunities, foster critical thinking and problem solving. Our curricular and co-curricular programs develop effective communication, collaboration, curiosity, and imagination—twenty-first century skills that matter and will be required of our students as they enter the workforce in the coming years.

We believe 21st Century Learning:

  • Prepares students for a changing economy and a complex world.
  • Emphasizes relevant skill building over content accumulation.
  • Motivates students to take ownership of their learning.
  • Encourages students to embrace failure as part of the learning process.
  • Champions collaboration in solving real world problems where there is no one right answer.


Dive deeper into our unique programming:


STEAM Buddies

Our Young Engineers plan, design, tinker and build in multidisciplinary programs that prepare them for the future of work while building confidence and grit. STEAM, Robotics, Rocketry, and Coding are all growing at GA.

The Nature Program

The Nature Program at Germantown Academy helps the community appreciate the environment and understand why it should be protected, and encourages everyone to explore the campus' abundant natural resources.

Art Across the Academy

Art Across the Academy shares the work of GA student artists and introduces the work of professional artists throughout the campus and into the daily lives of the community.

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a five-step problem-solving process that allows students to actively develop and test ideas in service of a real-world goal. GA holds divisional or school-wide Design Days each year.

The Beard Center for Innovation

The Beard Center for Innovation provides a hub for novel teaching and learning initiatives, which are centered on project-based learning and a collaborative, creative, problem-solving process.

The Lower School Tinker Lab provides a makerspace specially designed for our youngest learners. The Tinker Lab engages students in the creative process of making by providing materials that encourage innovation, collaboration, and creative problem-solving. 

Want to learn more about why GA is the right choice for your child? Read more on our Admission page or call the Admission Office to schedule a time to visit (267-405-7070). We can’t wait to meet you!