At New Village, we have adapted the “Big Picture Learning” model to best support our students in developing academic skills. Students explore their interests in depth through project-based learning guided by their advisor. Here’s how we do it:
WHERE WE BEGIN
Each student has an individual learning plan based upon her prior school experience, credits needed to satisfy the A-G requirements for college acceptance to the University of California, and most importantly, the student’s own interests and goals.
Students spend half of each day in a small learning community of approximately 20 students, called an advisory. Learning is supervised by the students’ advisor, a credentialed teacher who works with the students throughout their time at New Village. Advisory projects enable students to earn credit in Language Arts (English) and Social Studies (History). Math and Science are taught in separate classes by teachers credentialed in those subjects.
ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, students have an opportunity to engage in a wide variety of internships outside of school, guided by professional mentors. For more about our Learning Through Internships program, click here.