What is New Tech?
New Tech stands for "New Technology," but most agree that "New Techniques" would be a more representative name. New Tech is not a technical school; technology is simply the tool used to facilitate project-based learning.
The name comes from the original New Technology High School in Napa, California in 1996. That school's success has lead to the replication of their model in sixty-two schools nationwide. Collectively, these schools make up the New Tech Network, which is also the name of the parent organization that provides training and support to ensure New Tech schools' long-term success.
Where is the New Tech academy?
The New Tech academy is an autonomous small school within the walls of Niles High School. We are located in the lower wing of the high school and have grades 9-12.
What steps have been taken to investigate the New Tech model?
The idea of opening a New Tech in Niles began when the board hired Richard Weigel as Superintendent in the spring of 2010. Mr. Weigel brought New Tech to Ypsilanti before coming to Niles and is an ardent supporter of the model. His idea has grown organically into a movement as teachers, administrators, parents, learners, business leaders, and community members have gone on New Tech site tours to experience the model for themselves. Here's a quick list of the work that's been done to ensure that New Tech is the right fit for Niles Community Schools:
We sent a total of 56 stakeholders on site tours to New Tech schools in 2010. These tours resulted in countless hours of conversations about the potential for New Tech to have a positive impact on our school and community.
Can learners at New Tech still take band, choir, auto, graphics, art, etc.?
Yes. The New Tech academy will cover the four core classes (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) and one or two additional integrated courses yet to be determined. Time will be built into each day when learners can take additional elective courses that are outside the academy. We'll provide more information on the New Tech course offerings over the next couple of months, but rest assured that time for additional electives will be built into the schedule.
Can learners at New Tech still participate in sports and other extracurricular activities?
Yes. New Tech learners will still be Niles Community School students and are encouraged to play sports and participate in extracurricular activities.
Last Modified on January 18, 2017