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Napa's New Technology High School Brings Real World Learning to College-Bound Students
Posted 11/18/21

Napa's New Technology High School Brings Real World Learning to College-Bound Students

 

What are your hopes and dreams for the school year?"

 

This question was asked of New Technology High School students in August. It was a great way to kick off a new school year after the worst of the pandemic -- and also underscored what was front and center on the minds of students -- a combination of academic goals as well as a focus on community and connection. Through drawings and words, students expressed what they were looking forward to. 

"Get into College", "Stay Healthy", "No more Zoom!" and "Become eco-centric" were just a few of the visual representations that will be framed and installed throughout the walls of the school.

One commonality was the eagerness to get back to learning, reflecting the strong program in place for more than 25 years of engaging students in project-based learning and providing real world experiences outside of the classroom.

 

Bringing College to Life

 

New Tech has many programs in place to prepare students for life beyond high school and college. Each student is required to take at least three UC/CSU transferable college credits as well as a 50-60 hour internship by the time they graduate.

 

According to Principal Susan Miller, one of the most impactful opportunities for students is the "Dual Enrollment" program where students take college courses at the local Napa Valley Community College. "This program gives students first-hand knowledge of what it feels like to be in a college setting and learn alongside other students," said Miller. "This real-world experience teaches them to engage with professors and gives them insight into what college-level work requires."

 

Case F. is a current junior at New Tech High and has already completed three courses at Napa Valley College, including Introduction to Anthropology and a College Success class. He explains that this on the ground experience really helped him understand how college classes work. “For me, I think being dual-enrolled in these college classes while also in high School gave me a foundation on how to enroll in college, and how to manage requirements like taking notes to succeed in these classes,” he said. “It’s definitely one of the most valuable things I’ve learned while at New Tech.” 

 

About 40% of New Tech High School students are currently participating in the dual-enrollment program.

 

Along with its strong academic program, New Tech is also focused on the vital importance of building community and culture. This year, the school launched a new homeroom structure and community circle activity that bring the students together with teachers and provide a safe and social palace for connection and support. 


If you are interested in learning more about New Technology High School, visit their website, or visit the NVUSD Enrollment page to learn about Open Enrollment options.New Tech High School Students