Here at New Tech, we have utilized project-based learning (PBL) since our opening in 1996. As the education landscape has changed, has remained to be a relevant method to deeper learning. Over 200 schools across the United States (and Australia & Asia) have opened as New Tech Network schools. PBL focuses on relevant and real-world application of learning. Students are challenged to explore different subject matter while building the 21st Century skills necessary to be successful. We believe that project-based learning is effective in preparing students for their future careers, no matter the path they take. As project-based learning continues to expand in the Napa Valley Unified School District, New Tech High is committed to deepening and expanding our implementation.
You ask any student about what makes New Tech High different and they will say the culture. Our core beliefs are built around the principles of trust, respect, responsibility, and professionalism. Below are some examples of what each mean:
Trust: Here at New Tech, students leave their backpacks and laptops in the cyber cafe, trusting their fellow students and staff members, that when they return everything will be the same as they left it.
Respect: Here at New Tech, we respect our fellow students and staff members, kind of like the golden rule, treat others like you would want them to treat you.
Responsibility: Here at New Tech, being responsible for your own actions and having a growth mindset are important to developing positive relationships with your peers.
Professionalism: Here at New Tech, professionalism is key in being successful. Students interact with outside community members on a weekly basis.
New Tech’s main goal is to prepare our students for the next step, not matter what path they take. Students will be taught how to make a professional portfolio, how to fill out college applications, and how to be successful in a professional interview. In addition to that, students are also required to take 12 units of college classes from the Napa Valley College. Educating the students with the necessary skills and discipline will give the students a head start in their college careers.
We live in a world that the role of technology continues to shift everyday. New Tech High opened as one of the first schools with 1-to-1 computer access for students. With the role and access to computers in today’s world, we still utilize technology as a tool to expand upon student’s abilities. The school allows the students to either bring their own personal computers, or rent a chromebook for the school year. As the economy shifts, we believe that the skills our students gain through the use of technology will prepare them for the world ahead. We are committed to continuing to explore the role of technology in education and what it means to be on the cutting edge.
All New Tech High students have the opportunity to complete 50 hours for an internship. Through exploring their potential career interests, students gain an inside look at what it means to be in the field. Our internship coordinator works with students to develop the skills necessary to be prepared to enter the workforce. We are constantly expanding our network and database of community businesses and organizations that our students have worked with. Work-based learning is a vital component of what sets New Tech High apart.