About GEMS

Grades Served

GEMS serves students in grades 6-12

GEMS Mission

Welcome to Global Experience Magnet School! My name is Dr. Frank Macchi and I am the proud interim principal of this wonderful school. The 2022-2023 school promises to be an exciting year. We are proud to tout our highest enrollment in years and to support our students with a modern and inventive, experience-based curriculum.

To that end, we offer a curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Our highly qualified faculty implements these standards through an inquiry-based learning approach. Students are challenged to learn and demonstrate mastery of the standards through real-world applications of the content.

Our small class sizes allow us to provide “private school” levels of peer to peer and teacher to pupil interactions. Not only will our students receive unprecedented levels of academic attention, but their social and emotional well-being will be served in a way that one rarely receives in traditional schools.

Throughout one’s GEMS career, we aim to provide students with as many experiences as possible. Past experiences range from volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Los Angeles to running a shoe drive in a village in South Africa. Students experience local customs and culture in these regions, thus fostering a broader perspective of the world.

We encourage our family and support members to be active participants in the education of their children. We believe in collaboration and a strong school-home partnership. We encourage family involvement and input, so please feel free to contact us if you have compliment or a concern.

We look forward to working with you. Welcome to GEMS!


Frank Joell Macchi, Ed.D. 

GEMS Recognition
National Magnet School of Excellence, 2017
Connecticut Magnet School Teacher of the Year, 2017
Bloomfield Teacher of the Year, 2016
National Magnet School of Distinction, 2015


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