About Us


Great Expectations School (GES) was created to facilitate student learning through the development of a safe, supportive school culture, implementation of best teaching practices, and involvement of parents and community members in public education.


The mission of the school is to develop in each child:

  • A love of learning

  • Critical and creative thinking skills

  • Mastery of the academic building blocks

  • The ability to nurture family, friends, and self

  • A strong commitment to being a contributing member of a community

  • Open-heartedness toward others

  • A passion for life-long learning

Administrative Staff

Peter James

School Director since 2005

Beth Ferry

Business Manager since 2015

Lesa Hofer

Office Administrator since 2017

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Contact Us

Great Expectations is a free public school in Grand Marais, Minnesota that works from the principle of “one child at a time,” where students learn based on their individual strengths, passions, needs, and learning styles


PO Box 310
Grand Marais, MN 55604