In The Gunnery LEADS Program students develop the life learning and leadership skills needed to be active and responsible citizens, both locally and globally.
The Gunnery LEADS Program - Learning for Ethical Engagement, Active Citizenship and Dedicated Service - is a four-year curriculum based on the mission of the school.  In concert with their experience in our residential campus environment, students develop the life learning and leadership skills needed to be active and responsible citizens, both locally and globally.  We encourage students to engage in topics and projects of interest that foster self-awareness and responsibility. The curriculum progresses each year, but has been developed to facilitate integration for students new to the Gunnery, and aims to teach stewardship, character and community engagement.

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  • 9th Grade – Pathways – Who You Are - How You Learn

    The Pathways course focuses on self-awareness – emotional, physical and intellectual. Students learn to make healthy choices, behave responsibly, and acquire executive function skills to become intentional in their approach to learning and living.
  • 10th Grade – Ethics & Responsibility – Making Decisions In The 21st Century

    The seminar classes build on the topics learned in Pathways. Discussions on current events and debates help students explore and understand their environment while developing critical thinking and reasoning skills.
  • 11th Grade – Public Speaking – Expressing Yourself In The World

    This course emphasizes civic engagement and speaking to the community. Juniors will critically examine a topic of their choice and prepare and deliver an engaging speech to the entire school. During the course of the year, students analyze and improve their public speaking skills, and learn to communicate confidently in a variety of settings and situations.
  • 12th Grade – Senior Service Project – Responsible Citizenship In Action

    The Senior Service Project (SSP) emphasizes civic action, or translating convictions into action. The key component is a meaningful and intentional community service project. The SSP requires students to reflect on how the act of serving others, in turn, changes their understanding of their responsibilities, rights, duties, obligations to the communities, of which they are a part.

    Project Proposal Form
    Hours Summary Form
    Service Journal Form

The Gunnery

gps address: 22 Kirby Road, Washington, CT 06793
mail address: 99 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT 06793
tel: 860-868-7334
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Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.