The Next Generation Academy will deliver highly personalized learning. Every student will work with an advisor to develop a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) based on the student’s strengths and needs. The student will meet with an advisor weekly to review progress. The Next Generation Academy will also be different from the traditional high school in the following ways:
Student schedules will be flexible.
All students will work toward college ready goals at his/her own pace.
The “teacher” in the traditional sense will not exist. Students will work with and be assisted in their learning by an “advisor”. The advisor is a teacher certified by the Department of Public Instruction.
Next Generation Academy will differ from a virtual school because blended learning is not just about utilizing online content or using cool new technologies. Our goal will be to provide a quality educational setting tailored individually to each student with an effective advisor to guide and support learning.
There are curricular fees which total $45 for the school year that apply to all School District of New London students. Other fees may include those specific to traditional classes or projects that students choose to participate in, co-curricular or extra curricular fees, and if applicable a fee for parking. It is important to talk with the lead advisor or administrator if there are questions or concerns regarding fees.
Next Generation Academy is located at 1700 Klatt Road in Room C200. Access to the Academy will be gained by entering door number 25 of the existing high school.Next Generation Academy will look very different from the traditional high school. It will be an open and relaxed yet very active learning environment. It will include:
Learning Stations: Learning stations will provide tables where student teams are able to work on their online courses, complete research for projects, and conference with online teachers. Students may also work individually in comfortable furniture located on the periphery of the stations.
Project Work Stations: These stations will include larger tables for messier materials and creative work space for students who are completing projects.
Multi-Purpose Area: This area will allow for a larger gathering of students. It will be used when students give presentations as part of a project requirement or for guest scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and other professionals. It will also be used for team building activities and school meetings.
The Next Generation Academy will allow for flexibility in terms of what the school day looks like as well as the start and end dates for each academic year. Personal Learning Plans will determine what each student’s day/year may look like.
There will be three main components to the blended learning curriculum at NextGenerationAcademy: Online Courses, Project-Based Learning and CommunityBuilding. Each component is outlined below:
Online Courses: The Next Generation Academy will offer a number of online courses allowing students to work at their own pace. Students may work on course completion at home or at NextGenerationAcademy.
Project-Based Learning: Students will be able to earn course credit by completing individual and/or group projects. Projects are intended to help students develop higher-level thinking skills while exploring interests and academic content.
CommunityBuilding: School advisors will make it a high priority to develop a sense of community among students enrolled at Next Generation Academy by encouraging supportive relationships with students, their families and the larger community.
Enrollment forms are currently available at the middle and high school guidance offices, the district office, Ms. Berry’s office in room B226 at the high school, or online at www.newlondon.k12.wi.us/charters/nextgen.cfm.
The Governance Board of the Next Generation Academy strongly believes that a solid academic foundation is critical to the mission of our school. Graduation credit requirements include:
Language Arts ……………..4.0 credits
Mathematics ……….….…….2.0 credits
Financial Literacy….….…….0.5 credit
Social Sciences.......….……3.0 credits
Physical Education….......1.5 credits
Electives …………………...10.5 credits
In addition to the credit requirements, Next Generation Academy students will assemble a showcase portfolio and complete an exit interview prior to graduation. These are the same requirements as those mandated by our traditional high school.
Next Generation Academy students are subject to the same graduation requirements as traditional New London High School students. Students work individually with an advisor to develop a plan for project development. Within the project, students address academic standards that equate to course credit. For example, an extensive problem based inquiry on water quality with deep research, writing, and scientific discovery may equate to credits in science and language arts.
While a majority of the content courses must be taken through project-based work and virtual sources, students may opt to enroll in up to three traditional courses at New London High School. Since each learning plan is individualized, this may vary for each student.
Admissions counselors tell us that they are looking for students who excel academically and who bring unique perspectives and experiences to the university. The Next Generation Academy offers a strong academic foundation as well as the opportunity to pursue experiences that help to develop leadership, a community perspective, and solid field experiences.
From UW Madison’s Admissions Office: “Our admission counselors review each application individually and are looking for students who demonstrate strong academic ability, as well as leadership, community service, creativity, talent, and enthusiasm. We also consider personal characteristics that will contribute to the strength and diversity of our university.”(http://www.admissions.wisc.edu/freshman.php)
The Next Generation Academy is a school within the School District of New London. Students are still eligible for all extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, clubs, guidance services, nursing services, and academic support that any SDNL student would receive.
All transportation for Next Generation Academy students is in accordance with the School District of New London’s regular calendar year. NGA students will be provided transportation only if it conforms with routes and schedules maintained for traditional SDNL students.