Who Are We?
NWC+ is not your traditional school. We don’t have a school bell or a “typical” school day. We give every student a new Chromebook to see them through high school. Our students attend seminar class once a week for most subjects but are free to choose when they do their school work and study. Our Mentor Teachers are free to create an engaging, but challenging, experience for their students using their seminar periods deepen and assess their independent learning.
As a school, we believe in the importance and power of workplace experience and realize there are many path a student can take to find their own success. As such, we help to find students jobs and internships, we set them up with entrance into Santa Monica College’s Career and Technical Program giving them access to classes and training in over 30 different fields. At the end of four years, students could conceivably enter a prestigious four-year university or graduate from high school with two years of skilled training and a job. We’re trying something new & exciting and we’re looking for the right type of students that want to join. After all, our program is not for every student.
What Is Hybrid Learning?
Hybrid learning simply blends a student’s independent study with on-campus seminar classes. Our hybrid learning model has students completing 80% of their work independently and 20% at our school site in seminars, tutoring sessions, or meeting one-on-one with their Teacher Mentor. Students are free to come and work on campus in The Lounge where subject specific experts are on hand each day – typically for 4-6 hours. Tutors are there to offer assistance on assignments or answer questions. Hybrid learning has been shown to improve student performance and is typically how most colleges or universities operate. Learning on your own can be difficult at first. It does require a lot from the student and the family. Students should have or be willing to learn greater time management, responsibility, scheduling, and other valuable life skills that will help them succeed here and in life. The family should be willing to devote extra time monitoring and engaging with their student about their progress, social and emotional health, understanding or difficulties, interests, high school plan and graduation requirements.
Our partnership with Accelerate Education gives them access to many helpful tools to understand material right at their fingertips. Our seminars act a way for our teachers to check student understanding and to deepen their understanding of what they have learned on their own. Seminars can be any engaging activity or assessment. Seminars could be science labs or demonstrations, debates or mock trials, presentations or performances, Socratic Seminars, historical simulations, problem based activities, and more. Seminars can also be used by a teacher to give any type of assessment.