The approach a local school is using to improve student achievement is being incorporated at districts across the nation.
The name Bloomington New Tech High School may mislead people into thinking the school simply teaches new technology. However, Principal Alan Veach says the school educates with college prep projects and 21st century skills. If students finish the curriculum, achieving at a high level, they will leave New Tech with an honors diploma. They’ll also have the opportunity to attend Hoosier Hills and receive a technical honors diploma.
Veach says Bloomington New Tech High School is really about project based learning, which is supported by technology and the one-to-one computer ratio.
Veach explains a huge benefit to New Tech is that the national New Tech network was bought out by KnowledgeWorks foundation which is one of the largest privately funded education foundations in the nation. KnowledgeWorks has taken New Tech on as its high school redesign model.
“They’ve said New Tech is the way we want to go,” he says, “with redesigning high schools and we’re gonna go across the nation to basically sell this recipe to school corporations as a way to improve test scores, improve engagement, improve graduation rates. And really make a difference in the education of kids in their community.”
Bloomington New Tech High School has an enrollment of about 200 students. There are 16 New Tech schools around the state.