Principal: Michelle Spencer
Since opening its doors in 1996, New Technology High School has graduated 756 students, sending them to an impressive list of top colleges and internships with nearby Silicon Valley companies. The students themselves helped design its elegant modern facade and also assist in maintaining its interior landscape, the NTHS website.
The most exciting aspect of education at NTHS is directly connected to this access to technology. It's called "project-based learning", and it very nearly comprises a revolution in itself. Instead of plugging their knowledge into fill-in bubbles on scantron sheets at finals time, students present tech-based projects about the subject at hand.
Students fulfill all district requirements and some extra ones specific to NTHS. They can also get college credit at local Napa Valley College.
The enormous success of the NTHS experiment brings some inevitable questions, including how to keep up with the latest technological developments. The NTFoundation was created to support the school and effectively channel grant money.
Even from the outside, NTHS looks different. It's cleaner. It's more colorful. It's sleek and elegant. Enter its doors, and you'll see bright classrooms with windows on all sides. Roomy computer work stations line the largest rooms, while the other has tables and chairs facing a screen, CD projector and computer. Besides classrooms, there's a sunken computer lab area, a presentation room with well-worn foosball tables, and clean bathrooms. Mention the beauty of the school, and every student will immediately remark on the clean bathrooms.
But the physical differences are only the beginning. Unique teaching methods and an independent learning environment enhance the technology. This is no cold, hard school of uniformly competent robots. Individualism and communication are encouraged, primarily through the revolutionary teaching technique known as Project-Based Learning.
Our program encourages students to learn through collaboration with family, business, and community. Students develop the resilience necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Their education at NTHS prepares them for lifelong learning, productive citizenship, and personal growth.
Students learn in an innovative and professional environment fostered by the use of advanced learning methods and technology. Both staff and students understand the commitment necessary to implement a rigorous and relevant curriculum, one in which technology standards and skill development are embedded.
The Parent Support Team has been reorganized into a more inclusive group called the NTHS Alliance The Alliance will include parents, students, student clubs, teachers, alumni, alumni parents and members of the business community. The purpose of the NTHS Alliance is to advance the common interests or causes of the school including the internship program, development programs and the students’ educational experience. Building relationships based on a common alliance connects NTHS, the alumni association and the business community through a mutual intent to directly serve the students at NTHS.