Admissions Policy – For those entering high school in Fall 2017
The New Tech School Model
The New Tech model integrates project-based learning to embed 21st Century knowledge and skills in all projects and assessments. Teachers team teach and deliver the curriculum in an integrated approach. No more than 350 students will be at New Tech once fully implemented. The school stays small thus promoting a culture of trust, respect, and responsibility, so that no student can be anonymous. Business, community and post- secondary partnerships are emphasized which create learning opportunities for students. A technology-rich environment engages students while the teachers act as coaches, guides, and project managers. Students manage a comprehensive portfolio of their work and learning.
The New Tech model improves alignment with post secondary institutions, and through increased student engagement, tends to improve student achievement
New Tech Institute will work toward achieving a racial and ethnic balance among its students that is reflective of the general population of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation by implementing the policies as stated below.
In order to attract informed applicants who are committed to New Tech Institute and its philosophy, all parents and students who desire to enroll at NTI are encouraged to attend a Parent Information Meeting and submit a completed application. We also encourage prospective students to visit NTI one day for a “shadow” opportunity. NTI is not for all students. It is important to assess each student's proper fit for any innovative school model…including ours.
Students who are interested in joining NTI should complete a solid 8th grade curriculum including an English class consisting of literature and composition and Algebra or Pre-algebra course that prepares them to enter high school Algebra I or Algebra II ready.
Due to the nature of resources and services available at NTI, discipline is also taken into consideration. If a student experiences discipline infractions after acceptance to NTI, the student’s acceptance may be revoked or the student may revert to a probationary status for one semester.
Also due to the nature of resources and services available at NTI, students with an IEP or 504 plan may need to have a case conference or 504 meeting to ensure NTI has the resources necessary to meet appropriate needs.
Students who are accepted and commit to attending NTI are making at least a one-semester commitment to attend.
Enrollment Lottery – Freshman Class Only
In order to ensure equity, fairness, and consistency with the policy of gender balance, NTI students will be selected by lottery at the end of the enrollment period. The procedure for the lottery will be as follows...
- Only students whose completed applications were received prior to the end of open enrollment and who meet the admissions requirements will be included in the lottery.
- The lottery will be overseen by a District administrator.
- Lottery selection will continue until 75 applicants have been chosen. The 76th student selected (and beyond) will be placed on a waiting list in the order they are drawn. This waiting list will stay in force throughout the student’s first two years in high school unless the parent requests that their name be removed.
Wait list students will be notified by phone if a seat becomes available. Should they choose not to take the seat, their name will be removed from the wait list. The next student on the wait list will be called until all of the seats are filled.
There is no need call the school office for lottery results. The list of students selected in the lottery will be notified in early January 2017. Letters will also be sent home notifying applicants of their status.
Students may continue to apply directly at NTI after the open enrollment period and will be accepted or placed at the bottom of the wait list.
Once accepted, any student wishing to return to their district high school may do so at the end of the semester.
Admission to New Tech Institute shall be open to all students on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, gender, ethnicity, ancestry, disability or academic achievement, in accordance with the admission policy outlined above. New Tech Institute shall be nonsectarian and shall not charge tuition for admission to the school.
Typically all grades at NTI are full to capacity. However, openings are available on occasion. Applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. Students who apply for admittance to NTI for grades 10, 11, and 12 will go on a waiting list. As openings occur over the summer and again at the semester break, prospective students will be notified in the order of the waiting list. Transfers of EVSC students into NTI require a discussion with the student’s current school and the approval of District personnel.