Napa New Technology High School in Napa, CA, opened in 1996 with grade 11 and graduated its first class in 2008. In 2003 it expanded to a grades 9-12 school. Napa New Tech, the flagship school of the National Network of 50 New Technology High Schools, has been recognized as the first California Digital School, a New American High School, one of the initial grantees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation chosen to replicate its model, and as a national model secondary school by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Napa Valley Unified School District is now spreading the school's student-centered learning practices throughout the district K-12 through the Student-Centered 21st Century Classrooms Initiative (SC21).
August 20, 2014: New Technology High School Unveils 'Center for Excellence'
"Learning Through Projects" segment from the ASCD series, "Teaching the Adolescent Brain". Segments from
and Sacramento New Napa . Tech High Schools
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- Napa New Technology High School Website
- How It All Began
- Sample Student Portfolios
- PowerPoint Presentation , New Models of Learning for the 21st Century: New Tech High School
- Press Room
- New Tech 2.0. Shows virtual tour of new campus remodel.
- Student-Centered 21st Century Classrooms Initiative (SC21)
- 21st Century Teaching & Learning in the Napa Valley Unified School District
- New Technology High School rubrics on Route21: critical thinking, oral presentation, written communication, collaboration and teamwork, work ethic.
- New Technology High School Unveils 'Center for Excellence': The new space at the Napa school was designed by Steelcase Education, By Susan C. Schena, Napa Valley Patch Staff, August 20, 2014
- Napa New Tech Highs next Center for Excellence Project-Based Learning Training is scheduled for February 24th through 27th, 2014!
- Napa New Tech: School of the Future is Here, By Tina Barseghian, Mindshift (KQED), January 5, 2011
- 21st-Century Skills: Evidence, Relevance, and Effectiveness? By Scott Aronowitz, the Journal, April 8, 2010
- Making 21st Century Schools: Creating Learner-Centered Schoolplaces/Workplaces for a New Culture of Students at Work, by Bob Pearlman, EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY/September-October 2009
- A new way of teaching: American Canyon High to tap methods championed at New Tech, By Michael Waterson, Napa Valley Register, December 28, 2009
- Modular Relocatable Classroom for Napa New Tech High school, Competition Semifinalist for: 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom
- New Skills for a New Century, by Bob Pearlman, Edutopia, June 2006
- Giving Napa students a 21st-century education, By John Glaser and Barbara Nemko, January 21, 2009
- "21st Century Learning in Schools A Case Study of New Technology High School in Napa, CA", by Bob Pearlman, published in New Directions for Youth Development, Summer 2006, Special Issue: The Case for Twenty-First Century Learning.
- Building a 21st Century High School, by Paul Curtis, Threshold Magazine, Spring, 2006.
- 25 Tools, Technologies, and Best Practices, by Dan Page, THE Journal, February 6, 2006
- UK Knowledge Share on "New Technology High Schools, USA", by Michael Buchanan, Place Group, December 2005
- Project-Based Learning: a Primer, TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING January 15, 2003
When students are challenged to get to work solving real-life problems, the whole world becomes a classroom. This article features Napa New Technology High School. By Gwen Solomon.
- High Tech Haven, Education Week, May 29-June 5, 2002.
New Technology High School in California's Napa Valley provides at least one computer for every student. But that's not the only reason teenagers choose to attend this school.
- Reinventing the High School Experience, Educational Leadership, April 2002. By Bob Pearlman.
- Learning at Lightening Speed, by Monique Soltani, California Life, 2010. Also see blog post here.
- Project-Based Learning, 21st Century Skills, and Assessment at Napa New Technology High School (June, 2009), 3 Videos by Pearson Foundation: Monkey Trial Project Overview, Monkey Trial Project Skill by Skill Discussion, 21st Century Skills Assessment
- "Learning Through Projects" segment from the ASCD series, "Teaching the Adolescent Brain". Segments from
and Sacramento New Napa . Tech High Schools
- Picturing the Possibilities - Project-Based Learning. Video of a math Project at Napa New Tech High School.
- Measuring Skills for the 21st Century, by Elena Silva, Education Sector, November 10, 2008. Excellent study includes profile of New Tech High School model's assessment practices.
- Case Study of Napa New Technology High School 2006, prepared by the International Center for Leadership in Education for the Model Schools Conference, Orlando,FL, June 26-28, 2006. This is a different case study from the 2005 version. (Word Doc).
- New Technology High School Postsecondary Student Success Study (PDF), Rockman & Associates, February 6, 2006
Rockman et al conducted a six-month study of New Technology High School (NTHS) alumni for the last eight years for the New Technology Foundation (NTF) . The study was designed to gather feedback from NTHS graduates regarding their postsecondary education and/or career, 21st Century skills, knowledge and use of technology, and on what they valued most about their NTHS experience.
Data discussed in the report that follows suggest that New Technology High School is meeting the academic and skill needs of its 21st Century students. Overall feedback indicated that:
-- 89% of the responding alumni attended a 2-year or 4-year college/university or professional or technical institute.
-- 92% of respondents have applied some or a great deal of what they learned at NTHS to their postsecondary education or career.
-- 96% of the respondents would choose to attend NTHS again.
-- 40% of the alumni respondents were either majoring in STEM fields or were working in STEM professions.
- Case Study of Napa New Technology High School, prepared by the International Center for Leadership in Education for the Model Schools Conference, Nashville, TN, June 26-28, 2005.
- Results That Matter: New Tech High School at a Glance, New Technology Foundation, February 2006. New Tech High School students graduate with a mastery of 21st Century knowledge and skills, prepared for college, career, and citizenship. New Tech High School uses multiple measures to assess student performance and school accountability, including measures of student engagement, academic success, 21st Century skills, and post-secondary success. NTHS Results that Matter shows high school success data on student achievement, 21st Century Skills, graduation requirements, graduation rates, post-secondary enrollments and STEM Careers, Recognitions, and NTHS Network School Success.