Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School (31R064)

100 Essex Drive, Staten Island, NY 10314, Staten Island
Phone: 718-370-6950
Hours: 08:10am - 02:39pm
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Bus: S44, S55, S56, S59, S61, S79-SBS, S89, S91, S94, SIM31, SIM4, SIM4C, SIM4X, SIM8, SIM8X
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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. McCown has dual enrollment partnerships with St. Francis College and CUNY CSI - all students are encouraged to take dually enrolled courses for college credits while attending McCown. 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.

Academic Highlights: Crew/Advisory: College and career preparatory curriculum, Robotics & Advanced Art Electives, Fieldwork and experiential learning are required, Dually Enrolled College Credit Bearing Courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, World History 1500 - Present, US History, Intro to Writing, Pre-Calculus and Statistics, AP Seminar & Research Available

Other Features: College Trips, Community Service Expected, Dress Code, Internship Expected, Internships Available, Orientation, Program(s) with 2 GE Applicants Per Seat, Program(s) with 3+ GE Applicants Per Seat, Program(s) with 3+ SWD Applicants Per Seat, Student Parent Orientation, Summer Bridge, Summer Orientation, Uniform

School Features:

  • Offers 10th Grade Seats
  • School whose primary location is co-located with another school

AP Courses, Languages & Sports
AP Courses
Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Human Geography, AP Research, AP Seminar, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History, Biology (College Course [Credited]), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Chemistry (College Course [Credited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Global History (College Course [Credited]), Math (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Physics (College Course [Credited]), US History (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)
Languages Offered
Boys PSAL Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling
Girls PSAL Sports
Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Other Sports
Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Fencing, Flag Football, Running Club, Soccer, Wrestling
National Honor Society, School News Paper, Senior Council, Equality Among Teens, Muslim and Arab American Society, Bible Study, Harry Potter Fans, Chess and Games, Film, Key Club, Club 360, Hack Club, Community Service. Students have the opportunity to create any new clubs not listed!
Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School(R55A)
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Our school partners with NYC Outward Bound Schools and EL Education to offer student-centered learning, focused around case studies and expeditions, that incorporate fieldwork, products presented to authentic audiences, and service learning opportunities. We expect students to uphold our character traits of creativity, honesty, humor, respect, and responsibility. Students are part of a Crew that provides social and emotional support, opportunities for community service and academic tracking.

Ed. Opt. programs admit students across all academic levels. Students are grouped into Low, Middle, and High categories based on a composite of their academic data. One-third of offers are made to students in each category.
  • (Group 1) Priority to Staten Island students or residents
  • (Group 2) Then to New York City residents
Student & Admissions Statistics
School Year
Total Students Across All Grades
    Grade 12 Students
    Grade 11 Students
    Grade 10 Students
    Grade 9 Students
Graduation %
College %
Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School (R55A)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

281 / 112 (2.51)
89 / 34 (2.62)
Offers - Waitlist
Survey Summary & Data (2022-23)
Student Responses - 46% responded
Academic Rigor 
Academic Engagement 
Bully Prevention 
Mental Support 
Post-School Support 
Teacher Responses - 93% responded
Academic Rigor 
School Satisfaction 
Student Behavior 
Student Support 
School Leadership 
Instructional Clarity 
Instructional Development 
Post-School Support 
Family Responses - 36% responded
Teacher Support 
School Community 
School Leadership 
Post-School Support 

Note: Yellow bars indicate city-wide averages for the associated category

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Academic Summary & Data (2022-23)
Academic Proficiency
4-Year Grad. %
Avg. CC Regents Score
Avg. Non-CC Regents Score
College Aptitude
CCPC Index
Avg. SAT Math Score
Avg. SAT Read/Write Score
2-Year College 18.50%
4-Year College 56.50%
Unknown 25.00%

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School Demographics (2022-23)
Student Population:
Male 51.00%
Female 49.00%
English Language Learners:
Students with IEPs:
Economic Need Index:
Student Ethnicity:
Asian 12.10%
Black 9.10%
Hispanic 25.80%
White 46.70%
Other 6.30%
Teacher Ethnicity:
White 84.40%
Other 15.60%