Owensboro schools hope New Tech School help more students become college and career ready

10/04/2014 10:32 AM

OWENSBORO – What does a school district do when they realize that a number of their graduates aren’t ready for college or careers after they graduate? Some in Owensboro decided to begin looking outside the box at alternative ways to teach and ultimately prepare students for post-graduation success.

Owensboro Public Schools were recognized earlier this year as one of three Districts of Innovation by the Kentucky Department of Education.

The District of Innovation status relieves districts of certain administrative regulations and statutory provisions and provides the ability to waive local board policy in an effort to improve performance.

Thanks to the District of Innovation designation, a Innovation Academy New Tech School will begin operation for the 2014-2015 school year at a location to be determined.

The stand-alone high school will have an emphasis on a technical and STEM curriculum. That’s science, technology, engineering and math.

“Every kid will have a computer and they use project-based learning,” Owensboro Public Schools Superintendent Nick Brake said. “It’s a different way of teaching. It provides them more with a hands on perspective and opportunity.”

The Public Life Foundation of Owensboro awarded a grant to launch the New Tech School which will cover all of the initial start-up costs including training, professional development as well as other start-up expenses.

Students who attend the New Tech School will be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities as if they were students of Owensboro or Daviess County high schools and will receive a diploma from their respective schools.


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