We value teaching kids how to think more than what to think. At NEXT High School, Project-Based Learning (PBL) means that students will engage the skills and knowledge they need to address real-world problems in real-world settings—no artificial scenarios or Monopoly money. Students will dig into local and global communities to create businesses, file patents, start nonprofits, and change their world now—before they know they can’t.
GRADING AND PORTFOLIOS
In addition to completing mastery of core subjects through an online curriculum, students will also curate evidence of their learning and accomplishments through their projects in digital portfolios. NEXT High School’s Pros will assess students both by their mastery of skills and knowledge as well as through qualitative assessments of project-based learning, collaboration, communication, and creativity.
OUR EDUCATIONAL VALUES:
- The experience of learning is essential to life.
- Curiosity and creative inquiry should be fostered by our learning environment.
- The discovery of passion drives innovation and learning.
- Learning flourishes in a cooperative environment where the interchange of ideas is respected and honored.
- Meaningful learning occurs when a willingness to take chances, try new things, and embrace failure as a pathway to deeper understanding, is encouraged.
- True education demands a personal relationship between teacher and student--a relationship of mutual sharing, respect and trust.
- Educators and students are co-participants in learning.
- Education that engages the student fully, that encourages firsthand experience, is the most effective vehicle for real understanding.
- Learning and assessment should emphasize how to think rather than what to think. This approach is at the heart of supporting young people to be deep thinkers.
- Individuals should be challenged to pursue learning through self-discipline and intrinsic motivation.
NEXT HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE A SCHOOL…
That empowers young people to become individuals who can take action, be responsible for their own actions, and seek pursuing their own goals and not just the approval of others.
That enables young people to think critically, to use knowledge creatively, to adapt freely to change and make intelligent choices in the face of these changes.
That promotes and maintains in young people the desire to learn in an atmosphere that is challenging, yet accepting and cooperative - where working independently, as well as collaboratively are valued.
That exemplifies integrity, moral and ethical values, and enhances the development of character in young people to be respectful of other cultures and beliefs.
Where all people are important as individuals and members of our learning community.