• 2023-2024 Family Handbook Now Available

    Please read McCown's updated Family Handbook to learn about school procedures and policies.  

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  • High School Information Night Session 10/19/2023

    Use this form to register to attend Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School's High School Information Session at 5 or 7pm on Thursday October 19, 2023.

    The name that you enter on this form must match the name presented at the door.  
    If you do not sign up on this form, you will be asked to wait until all registered attendees are admitted.  Space is limited.  
    You will hear from the school principal, meet key staff members, hear from current students, and tour the building.  
    Learn about all that McCown has to offer your child!


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  • Summer Bridge Program

    Click here to sign up for McCown's Summer Bridge Program that will be held for incoming students 9am - 12pm August 29, 30, and 31.  Come meet your classmates, upperclassmen, your teachers, and the McCown building before high school begins.  

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  • Staten Island high school seniors participate in nationwide College March

    Check out the article about McCown's yearly College March in the Staten Island Advance!


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  • College March for Class of 2023

    On December 2, 2022, NYCOB schools across NYC participated in our annual College March.  Our seniors were joined by Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella, State Representative Michael Tannousis, and Commanding Officer of the 121 Precinct Eric Waldhelm.  

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  • Attention McCown Alumni! Join our Linkedin Networking group

    Are are a McCown graduate?  Join our alumni networking group on Linkedin to keep up connections with other McCown alums.  Most career opportunities are found through personal connections - don't miss out on an opportunity that may present itself for you via another McCown grad. 

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  • McCown Featured in Chancellor's List of "Great High School Options"

    Spotlight on Great High School Options

    These schools – both screened and unscreened – represent just a slice of the diverse, high-quality educational settings available to New York City’s students. Although not comprehensive, we hope this list represents that in every community there are excellent options for young people. 
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  • Bell Schedule for 22-23

    See this year's bell schedule here.


    Be advised that Fridays are shortened days.  

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  • Gaynor McCown ELS Wins the CollegeBoard's Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles

    Gaynor McCown ELS is proud to be a recipient of CollegeBoard's Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles. Research shows that female students who take #APCSP in high school are more than 5x as likely to major in computer science in college.  Click on the full press release.  

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  • McCown Announces New Dual College Enrollment Partnership with St. Francis College

    Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School announces a new partnership with St. Francis College beginning in spring 2021!  The High School Bridge Plus Program is designed for High School students who are interested in receiving college credits and the necessary preparation and guidance to succeed in college at an affordable cost.

    In this innovative model, students take SFC coursework at their own high school, taught by McCown high school teachers. There are a broad range of benefits for students who take High School Bridge Plus credits. For example, students gain credit that transfers to most colleges while receiving official SFC transcripts. Additionally, the “Plus” component of our program focuses on assisting students to build college readiness skills and gain the support necessary for success through customized programming, workshops and info sessions which are tailored to the needs of our participating students.

    More information to come in Februrary 2021!

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McCown has a graduation rate of 97.8% and was recently spotlighted by NYCDOE Chancellor David Banks as a "great high school option" and the only school to be recognized in Staten Island. 

McCown is a college preparatory school partnering with NYC Outward Bound Schools and EL Education to offer challenging student-centered learning focused around case studies and expeditions that incorporate fieldwork and conclude with projects presented to authentic audiences along with service learning opportunities. We offer a small, personal environment which allows McCown to highlight each student's unique gifts, talents and creativity in pursuit of mastery of NYS Standards. We expect students to uphold our character traits of citizenship, integrity, perseverance, respect, and responsibility, wear our uniform, and complete 100 hours of community service by graduation. 

We encourage our students to earn college credits while they are in high school through our two dual enrollment partnerships with St. Francis College and the College of Staten Island.  Students can graduate from McCown with as many as 15 college credits.

We offer a private school experience at a public school price! 

Contact Ms. Lipari at for information.  

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