Converge, October 1998
Several ingredients combined to make California’s New Technology High School in Napa Valley a success:
- The school caters to typical middle-of-the-road students, who are neither failing nor at the top of their class.
- The school uses state-of-the-art technology and has a computer-to-student ratio of one-to-one.
- The school grew out of a need of local businesses that were looking for tech-savvy high school graduates to join the workforce.
- The school received support, training, and funding from more than 45 community partners, including businesses and education groups.
- The school was designed to mimic the corporate workplace and was designed by a facilities planner who works for Silicon Graphics, a leading Silicon Valley technology company.
The end result is a school where students work on computer projects with real-world application and are given a greater sense of ownership at the school.