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About Tech Valley High School

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Tech Valley High School was created in 2007 to provide today’s students with the skills necessary to be successful in college and in tomorrow’s workforce. The theme of the school is a strong emphasis on math, science and technology, however the reality is that students receive a well-rounded education that will prepare them to compete in the growing high tech and global economy that is emerging in Capital Region’s Tech Valley.

The focus of the school is to provide an education on 21st Century Skills in a project-based learning environment. This is accomplished through unprecedented collaboration between K-12 public schools, higher education, business, organized labor and government.

Through these partnerships, the lessons taught at TVHS are constantly updated to remain relevant to the students; students receive unique opportunities to visit and experiment in laboratories and workplaces; and benefit from access to leaders from all levels of society.

TVHS students receive a well-rounded education that includes art, foreign language and physical education in addition to our core subjects. Students graduate Tech Valley High School having met and/or exceeded requirements for a New York State Regents and/or an Advanced Regents Diploma. Many students also take courses that qualify them for college credits.

Courses are taught in project-based learning environments that emphasize math, science and technologies, but also expose students to the Chinese language, art and physical education.

All eighth grade students can apply to Tech Valley High School. The only requirements for acceptance are that the eighth grade student meet with his/her middle school counselor to discuss his/her application, complete the application and submit it to their middle school counselor and attend a parent-student information session with their parent(s).

Funding for the school is provided by component school districts, as well as the state and grants provided by private-sector sources, including the New Technology Foundation. There is no tuition for parents to pay.

Tech Valley High School serves as a model — in the region, the state and beyond — of innovative public education that is based in strong partnerships and focuses on educating and inspiring students to embrace the increasingly important world of math and science.

A special aspect of TVHS is the fact that students receive a grade that evaluates their entire academic performance.

Students are graded not only on how well they learn the subject matter, but also on their progress towards achieving 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communications, creativity, information and media literacy and contextual learning.

These reports allow a full understanding of students’ strengths and weaknesses and give parents and teachers guidance in how to tailor each student's academic program. While overall averages are reported, assessment is both ongoing and cumulative. Schools using this method have reported significant success in helping students develop 21st century skills as well as in preparing students for college and work.

During the current school year, approximately 120 students attend TVHS. As it grows, an estimated 40 students are expected to join the school each year. This allows students to receive individualized attention, yet work collaboratively with their peers.

Technology

Technology plays an important role in every student’s education.

As the name suggests, the use of technology provides an important role in student learning on a day-to-day basis at TVHS. Students learn with and from technology, whether its producing a video or completing an online project with their peers while at home after-school. Each student is provided with a computer and network access.

Each student’s home school district provides busing to TVHS.

 

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