FAQ

Q. What makes New Tech schools different from traditional schools?

New Tech embraces three key elements that set our schools apart from traditional schools.

  1. Engaging and rigorous instruction: Project-based learning (PBL) is at the heart of the New Tech instructional approach. PBL uses technology and inquiry to engage students with issues and questions that are relevant to their lives.
  2. Collaborative culture: New Tech’s culture empowers students and teachers.Each school has a unique identity that promotestrust, respect and responsibility. At New Tech schools, students have exceptional ownership of their learning experience and are given a level of responsibility similar to what they might experience in a professional workplace.
  3. Technology fully applied: Smart use of technology supports our innovative approaches to instruction and culture. All classrooms have a 1:1 computing ratio. Networked computers become tools for students to become self-directed learners who no longer rely primarily on teachers or textbooks for knowledge.

Q. How do I access Renaissance Academy’s Student Handbook?

To view Renaissance Academy’s 2015-16 Student Handbook, CLICK HERE.

Q. Do New Tech schools address state and local educational standards?

Yes, all New Tech schools provide a standards based education that meets, and often exceeds, state and local requirements. With project-based learning, teachers design academically rigorous projects tied to standards.

Q. Are New Tech schools considered Charter Schools?

No, New Tech Schools are usually housed within traditional public school corporations. New Tech Schools are schools of choice; that is, students and parents choose this type of educational environment. In Clarksville, New Tech will be a part of the local district and governed by the local Board of School Trustees.

Q. How are New Tech schools started?

New Tech schools are started at the initiative of schools, districts, states and government, business and community leaders who are looking for an alternative to the traditional educational approach offered by public schools. These parties contact New Tech with inquiries and the process of starting a new school or looking at district-wide transformation begins.

Q. What does New Tech mean by 21st century skills?

At New Tech schools, students are evaluated not only on how proficient they are on traditional subject matter, but also on their progress in mastering skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, technology fluency, creativity, information and media literacy, and contextual learning.

Q. Is New Tech harder than traditional instruction?

As a student in New Tech, you will be graded not just on your content knowledge, but on all of the school-wide learning outcomes. These outcomes reflect real world skills that are necessary to succeed in an authentic work situation. Examples of these skills include collaboration, work ethic, technology literacy, writing skills, speaking skills, and problem-solving. Some students believe that New Tech makes learning easier because they are learning as they discover and apply new skills.

Q. Do students need to meet special requirements to be eligible?

Students who would otherwise be eligible or accepted to a traditional public high school and are in good standing with the district are eligible. New Tech does not require a certain grade point average or any previous technology training.

Q. How can I learn more about the New Tech Network?

The New Tech website is a good source of information about the organization. Visit www.newtechnetwork.org for bios, videos, school profiles, tour information, press releases and news, as well as a description of New Tech services and how they work with schools.