The Owensboro Innovation Academy will be a small stand-alone high school that uses hands-on project-based learning, with an emphasis on technical and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum. Students will be geared toward college readiness. Programs are aligned to degrees at the Owensboro Community & Technical College. Opening in 2015, the school is affiliated with the New Tech Network, a nationwide consortium of 134 schools in 23 states. Students graduate with a Kentucky high school diploma.
The small size promotes a positive culture of trust, respect, and responsibility. Students have exceptional ownership of their learning experience and environment. This “hands-on” approach is at the heart of the classroom at the Innovation Academy. Students collaborate on projects that require critical thinking and communication. By making learning relevant in this way, student engagement is high. The smart use of technology supports the innovative approach to instruction and culture. All classrooms have a 1-to-1 computer/student ratio. With Web access and the latest in collaborative learning technology, every student becomes a self-directed learner.
Every Innovation Academy student must choose a postsecondary pathway that engages him/her in a career-oriented technical program or a college-learning pathway. The following pathways are available to students in the Innovation Academy:
· Computer Information Technology Pathway
· Life Sciences, Bio-Medical Pathway
· Industrial Technology Pathway
· Entrepreneurship and Innovation Pathway
· Early College Pathway
The Owensboro Innovation Academy is part of the Owensboro Public School District, but is also part of a consortium that includes Daviess County Public Schools, Hancock County Public Schools, McLean County Public Schools, colleges and universities, and the business community led by the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation. Enrollment in the school is open to students from all participating school districts. The Innovation Academy is possible because of support from the Kentucky Department of Education’s District of Innovation program and the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro.
New Tech Network (NTN) is a non-profit organization that helps high school students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college, and the careers of tomorrow. It works nationwide with 134 schools in 23 states and Australia to provide services and support that enable schools to implement innovative high schools that promote deeper learning. The Owensboro Innovation Academy is the first New Tech school in Kentucky. New Tech schools create a rigorous and engaging high school experience that features project-based learning, use of technology, and a positive empowering school culture. Learn more at the NTN website: http://www.newtechnetwork.org
Frequently asked questions include:
When do students enter the Innovation Academy? In 2015-16, the academy will begin accepting 9th grade students who will attend through high school graduation.
What is the cost to the student? There is no cost except for student fees, which is similar to all local high schools.
Where will the campus be located? The location of the Innovation Academy is in the planning stages and will be announced as soon as possible. It is expected be at an independent site not on an existing school campus.
Will the student receive a diploma from his or her home school? Yes, all Innovation Academy students will be enrolled at their home high schools in conjunction with Innovation Academy enrollment. Each student will receive a diploma from his/her home high school.
Can Innovation Academy students participate in athletics, band, and other extra-curricular activities?
Yes, the Innovation Academy will have some student organizations and extra-curricular activities. Students also have the option to participate in athletics, band, or other activities with their home high schools.
Will students attend any classes at their home high schools? Students will spend the vast majority of their time at the Innovation Academy; however, students are permitted to attend courses at their home high school that are not offered at the Innovation Academy.
What calendar and schedule will Innovation Academy follow? The Innovation Academy will operate on the Owensboro Public Schools’ schedule and calendar, including cancellation due to inclement weather.
Will transportation be provided to the Innovation Academy? Yes, school districts involved in the partnership will provide transportation to Innovation Academy. The only exception to this would be due to inclement weather when the Innovation Academy has classes and the student’s home district does not.
Students and parents may contact Owensboro Public Schools’ College and Career Counselor Beth Benjamin at Beth.Benjamin@owensboro.kyschools.us, (270) 686-1110 or their school counselor for more information.
On online application is available at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AX4zKlzU9ycon2FXGo_4LD-iRkHW6zCwQDvLTQfb5Ko/viewform