GPS students complete STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) , History, Literature, and CSA (community service action) projects throughout the year.

PBL at GPS


  • ​Projects begin with a guiding question to motivate student thinking.
  • Students' questions lead to research and form foundations for direct instruction by the teachers.
  • Community partners & organizations work with students to provide an authentic audience & purpose.
  • Students  chose how to best reflect their learning.
  • Projects based on students' voice and choice.
  • Teacher's act as facilitators answering questions with more questions.
  • Promotes higher level thinking, grit, and problem solving.
  • Develops leadership and collaboration skills.
  • Builds character, empathy, and understanding.
  • Challenges students to take on new perspectives.
  • Prepares students for real life working environments.
  • Develops mental flexibility.
  • Increases curiosity in the areas of science, art, history, and more!​

Projects at home


  • ​Often assigned as a follow up to a unit.
  • Students' questions may often go unanswered or be forgotten.
  • Often only shared within the classroom environment. Projects not put into actual use or action.
  • Projects are limited to teacher provided list.
  • Often seen as unnecessary or as grade inflator.
  • Often teacher's take no part in the completion of the project. 
  • Promotes anxiety, stress, and can breed resentment towards learning.
  • Often groups are left to their own accord and receive no guidance in developing useful leadership skills.
  • May increase stress among family members.
  • Lack of immediate feedback or questioning through each phase of the project does not challenge students to take on new perspectives.
  • Does not simulate real life working conditions.
  • Develops "get it done" attitude.
  • Usually used as a visual aid to regurgitate information taught in school, and often does not lead to more questions.

Project Based Learning (PBL)

Project based learning provides students with self directed, hands on learning opportunities that both engage and stimulate the student's natural curiosity.

Global Prospective school

 Project based learning allows students to take control of their education and fosters a love of lifelong learning.