nex+gen Academy is affiliated with New Tech Network and is designed specifically as a project-based learning environment. We offer 1:1 computing and true career-pathing into the post high school world with an innovative approach blending life/career skill sets, information and technology systems, and learning with innovation.
Our courses and integrated curriculum are designed to connect learning to the post high school world, bridge the education/workforce gap, and aggressively address Common Core Standards. Learner success is driven by relationships, relevance and rigor. Depth vs breadth and "whole system thinking" is key within our learning goals.
Nex+Gen learners are immersed in a professional culture of trust, respect and responsibility. Employing individual learning techniques and blending positive citizenship values, the student body takes ownership of its success. The ultimate goal of Nex+Gen Academy is to prepare students to excel through the challenges of tomorrow.
An Innovative Program of Studies
by Jay English
Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
Nex+Gen differs from the traditional school in ways that go far beyond the availability and use of technology. Through project-based learning students will uncover sophisticated real world problems. In the real world, situations do not segment themselves into neat boxes, rather problems are multi-faceted and dynamic. At Nex+Gen, curriculum is designed to weave academic disciplines in a context that seamlessly builds relevance to the outside world.
In the freshman course Integrative Biology, students will develop a deeper understanding of personal health and wellness through a combination of the courses Biology, Health, and Physical Education. The concept of wellness in this context will address the inseparable interdependence of organisms within ecosystems.
The senior capstone courses of Integrated Problems and Comparative Global Studies will require students to uncover current local and global issues by interconnecting their studies. In the Integrated Problems course, students will work on projects that will require them to apply the spectrum of scientific disciplines that they have learned at nex+gen coupled with Statistics and Pre-Calculus.
This innovative system of teaching and learning is made possible through a systemic school design to support project-based learning. The small school setting supports a climate of cooperation and collaboration between teachers, as well as between students and their peers. The ongoing training and instructional resources and guidance provided by the New Tech Network provides meaningful and relevant professional development for teachers. Business and community partners also lend their support through involvement in projects and opportunities for student internships and mentorships. Unique curricular design is one the components that will prepare nex+gen students to succeed in the 21st century.