On August 10th, 2020 NEXT High School got back to school for the 20-21 school year. But in an ongoing global pandemic, what does it mean to get "back to school"? Is that even the right frame of mind to adopt, when nothing around us seems "back to normal"?
No, for NEXT High School, a new school year has always been about moving forward—not back to the way we've done things in the past, but forward to our next steps. We founded NHS in 2015 with the idea that moving quickly and adapting to feedback would be the only way to create a school that always moves ahead.
So while NEXT High School is facing the same constraints and challenges that every school in our nation and state are also facing, our disposition is positive: this can—and will—be one of our strongest years yet. The teachers (our Pros) and students (our Peers) who have shown up in this unusual time are ready to take on the challenges, and create our future—not despair over the past.
So—what does that mean, exactly? NEXT High School launched 2020 with two enrollment tracks: a 100% Virtual Program, and a Hybrid Program. Let's do a quick dive:
(1) Our brand-new 100% Virtual Program allows students to work from home—using either a NEXT High School-issued Chromebook or their own devices—while enrolled in classes with their Peers on campus at NHS. They have access to the same Pros, the same course offerings, and the same opportunity to be involved in a (virtual) Advisory.
The 100% Virtual Program allows families to choose an option that is right for them during the COVID-19 pandemic—especially if students or family members are at high risk for the disease, or have challenges around work, transportation, and child care.
However, this model is also an opportunity to welcome students who may have been interested in NEXT High School but have other limitations regardless of the pandemic (transportation, sibling care at home, mobility, etc.). Because NEXT High School holds a statewide charter, we can enroll students from anywhere in South Carolina. We're very excited to be able to grow our NHS family and reach more Peers with our Project-Based Learning and small-school environment.