New Tech High Schools are typically small learning communities either housed as a shared campus (like Pinckney New Tech!) or operating as their own, autonomous school in mostly public districts across the U.S. New Tech schools use one-to-one technology as a tool to support the facilitatation of project-based learning as their core methodology. The core elements of the New Tech model are Technology That Enables, Culture That Empowers, Teaching That Engages, and Outcomes That Matter. New Tech schools strive to connect students with their communities through the projects they create.


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 Admissions Policy

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Admission to Pinckney New Tech High is open to all students on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, gender, ethnicity, behavior, ancestry, disability or academic achievement.

There are no entrance criteria at PNTH. PNTH is a 10-12th Grade Pathway option that 9th Graders can opt into during Course Selection at PCHS. If interest out-weights space, a lottery system will be deployed. 




Four Key Elements Animate New Tech Schools 

1. Teaching that Engages

Through project-based learning, students become problem-solvers. Teachers design projects beginning with complex and authentic challenges requiring students to demonstrate mastery of knowledge which fosters written and oral communication skills. 

2. Outcomes that Matter

In addition to mastery of content knowledge, New Tech Network learning outcomes also measure collaboration, written and oral communication and the development of student responsibility for their own learning, or agency. Performance assessments measure the knowledge and thinking of students so that they can become proficient in producing college-level work.  

3. Culture that Empowers

By making learning relevant and creating a collaborative learning culture, students become connected to, engaged with, and challenged by their school, their teachers and their peers. Each NTN school promotes a culture that promotes trust, respect and responsibility. 

4. Technology that Enables

Through a technology-rich environment, teachers and students create, communicate, access information, and experience self-directed learning. Echo, NTN's project-based learning platform, supports project-based learning and features an innovative gradebook. 

Source: New Tech Network 

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Program Objectives:

New Tech High considers college admission and persistence the goal of all students. The following aspects of the program need to be considered before enrolling:

  • Coursework at New Tech High is very challenging and students must complete credits as required by the State of Michigan and Pinckney Community Schools for graduation.
  • Students will be encouraged and supported to complete a forty (40) hour internship as juniors or seniors.
  • Students may enroll in community college or career/technical education coursework as juniors or seniors.
  • Students below grade level will participate in appropriate interventions to assure success by graduation. (This may include before/after school classes and/or online courses during the school year or the summer).

Project-Based Learning is the soul of the New Tech High program:

  • Students will regularly be teamed to work on projects, and structures will be in place for team members to hold one another accountable.
  • New Tech High requires student flexibility and responsibility.
  • The discipline to stay on-task and maintain focus on project timelines is critical. 

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Powerful Results

New Tech Network schools create great learning environments that lead to great student results. We believe that relevant and rigorous instruction, a student-centered school culture, the integrated use of technology, and a focus on college and career ready outcomes will lead to students prepared to succeed in college and career.

New Tech Network Student Outcomes

The 2017 NTN Student Outcomes Report offers compelling evidence that the public school innovation envisioned by New Tech Network can, and does, lead to success for students from diverse backgrounds, in rural, urban and suburban schools across the U.S. 

We give students the knowledge they will need to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow. 

Interested in additional research to support project-based learning and other elements of the New Tech model? Check out New Tech Network's Research page.


Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning (PBL) is at the heart of our instructional approach. In PBL, learning is contextualized, creative, and shared. Students collaborate on meaningful projects that require critical thinking, creativity, and communication in order for them to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems. By making learning relevant to them in this way, students see a purpose for mastering state and nationally required skills and content concepts. Students aren’t just assessed on their understanding of academic content, but on their ability to successfully apply that content when solving authentic problems. Through this process, project based learning gives students the opportunity to develop the real life skills required for success in today’s world.

Watch a short video on Project-Based Learning Success, Start-to-Finish.

Watch an in-depth tutorial video on PBL: Tutorial – What is PBL?

New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

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Is Pinckney New Tech High a public school?

Yes, PNTH adheres to the Livingston County "school of choice" plan, which means students can opt to attend PNTH no matter where they're located, even if it's outside the Pinckney School District boundaries, but reside within contiguous intermediate school districts in Livingston, Washtenaw, Oakland, Ingham, Genesee, Jackson, and Shiawassee counties. This would include neighboring districts such as Whitmore Lake, Dexter, Chelsea and Stockbridge, as well as the Livingston County districts of Brighton, Fowlerville, Howell and Hartland.


What makes Pinckney New Tech High different from a typical high school?

PNTH is a magnet for 21st century learning, which means we use a learning model (project-based learning) that emphasizes skills and knowledge deemed most essential for succeeding in an increasingly-connected world. Collaboration, agency, written and oral communication skills, and deeper, more conceptually-based learning around core content knowledge is at the center of the curriculum, enhanced by ready access to 21st century learning tools and highly-trained staff.


What if there are issues with a group member not doing their share of work on a project?  Won't that affect my child's grade?

Final projects are a portion of a learner's final grade in each class.  Grades consist primarily of how students applied skills and knowledge learned during the course of the project.  These come from state and common core standards.  

Tools for collaboration and group management are provided to ensure each member of a group can and will contribute their fair share of the tasks they've assigned themselves. Students are taught and assessed on specific collaboration skills across their New Tech experience. 


Are there specific qualifications for a student to attend?

All high school-aged students are eligible to attend Pinckney New Tech High for their 10th-12th grade years, although they must be committed to the goals and expectations of PNTH's learning community.  They must be aware of and open to the high degree of collaboration, team problem-solving, and stewardship they're entrusted with when becoming a member of the PNTH student body.


What if my child has a lot of credits he or she needs to recover?

New Tech High students can obtain credit for courses in which they were unsuccessful by repeating a course through summer school or through the Pinckney Community High School Credit Recovery Program. The Credit Recovery Program employs software programs to provide an interactive, self-paced online learning experience.  


What about extra-curricular activities?

Students may participate in athletics, clubs and other extra-curricular activities offered at the Pinckney Community High School. This is a value-add to the shared campus approach to Pinckney's New Tech pathway. 


Can students be a part of New Tech if they are in accelerated math?

YES! At the moment, students ttake their math classes outside of New Tech, while prioritizing the rest of their core content coursework through the New Tech Pathway.


Do New Tech students fare well in college courses? 

YES! In fact, project-based learning is more and more common in college courses across majors today. Beyond this, New Tech students persist in 4-year colleges at a rate of 92% (national average: 82%) and in 2-year colleges at a rate of 72% (national average: 63%). Our New Tech Alumni report feeling better prepared than their new college peers to work together in groups, to present orally, to advocate for themselves, and to manage their time effectively. 


For further clarification of potential misconceptions about New Tech, please see this document