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The Gordon School

Why Gordon?

At Gordon, children from nursery to eighth grade are challenged to become courageous learners and compassionate leaders. By educating the whole child, Gordon prepares students academically, socially, and emotionally to positively impact the world around them. Want to see what their day to day looks like? Check out our daily schedule.

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A progressive school

Progressive education is about putting children, and their voices, at the center of their learning. 


Why Nursery to eighth grade

By not having a high school, Gordon keeps the focus exclusively on younger students. Educational research and Gordon’s one hundred years of experience with this model have reinforced that it best serves the educational, social and emotional needs of children. 

Early Childhood

Nursery, Preschool, Young Kindergarten and Kindergarten


Learn more about Early Childhood

Lower School

First through fourth grade


Learn more about Lower School

Middle School

Fifth through eighth grade


Learn more about Middle School

High school and beyond

Eighth grade, not Kindergarten, is the ideal time to select a high school that fits best.

Learn more about Gordon's high school placement process

At Gordon, young people discover their unique gifts and learn how to use these gifts to make a difference in the lives of others. These children will change the world.

Dr. Noni Thomas López, Head of School

Academic innovation driven by our mission

Gordon’s faculty is full of smart, thoughtful and dedicated professionals.

Social and emotional learning

Children learn best when they know how to manage their feelings and personal relationships.


90% of Gordon Middle School students play interscholastic competitive sports


Visual and performing arts are integrated into the curriculum beginning at age three.

At Gordon, we’re intentional about making space for students to pursue a variety of interests. They don’t have to be just an athlete, or just an actor, or just a musician.

Damon Ray, Athletics Director

The original open air school

Gordon was founded in 1910 by pediatrician Dr. Helen West Cooke as the Open Air School. 

A more just and sustainable world

Students in every division get hands-on practice stewarding the earth’s resources responsibly, in Gordon’s classrooms, gardens, fields and wetlands.

Eighth grade Civil Rights Trip

Gordon’s Civil Rights Trip is the culmination of a social justice curriculum that begins in Gordon’s youngest grades, and it’s an experience that has shaped the lives of hundreds of Gordon graduates since 2002.

Service Learning

The annual eighth grade service learning project gives soon-to-be graduates practical experience as they leave Gordon to become forces for positive change in the world beyond the schoolhouse doors.

A place to belong

Creating and maintaining an inclusive community requires ongoing, active work. As Gordon’s community expands, the school has continually created new ways to support students, teachers and families.

Family Individualized Tuition

Family Individualized Tuition is Gordon’s forward-thinking and mission-driven tuition model.

Learn more about how Gordon reimagined tuition

Full day programming

Gordon's day extends from 7:15am to 5:30pm for all ages, every day.

Learn more about before and after school programming at Gordon

Parent engagement

Gordon's calendar is packed with events that connect families with one another, and keep the conversation between the school and parents lively and relevant.

Learn more about parent engagement and education at Gordon