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Overview & Mission

Changing lives from the inside out
Gordon Bernell Community School (GBCS) recognizes that many community members separate from the traditional educational system before reaching their goals. All individuals, including those involved in the justice system, deserve access and support in re-engaging with educational and career preparation resources. GBCS believes that it often takes a holistic response from an integrated community to address the complex and individual needs of our students in order for them to sincerely engage in skill building to make informed career choices. GBCS is committed to working with stakeholders to increase academic and career opportunities for students of all ages. The small and effective Albuquerque public charter school gives eligible students the opportunity to complete their high school journey and graduate; and the developing adult learning center looks to collaborate with the larger community to provide exceptional educational services, career exploration, job readiness and pre-apprenticeship opportunities, behavioral health and social service supports. It has always been and continues to be our mission to “Transform Lives from the Inside Out”
This charter school honors the legacy of Gordon Bernell and his family on behalf of the countless lives transformed by his benevolent and inspiring presence at the Bernalillo County Detention Center. Among his many accomplishments were the nation’s first jail-based computerized literacy lab, the Youth Outreach Program, the BCDC Inmate and Child Christmas Program, and a 15,000 book library at the jail.  He was loved and admired by inmates and employees of Bernalillo County throughout his 18 years of service to the community.