tagline graphic
bottom masthead border graphic

Academics

The mission of Tech Valley High School is to provide a unique and innovative student-centered educational opportunity, engage students in current emerging technologies and support the growth and economy of the region.

Tech Valley High School utilizes project-based learning. Students meet graduation requirements through an education based in authentic projects, teamwork and interaction with business and community partners.

Students at Tech Valley High School will earn a Regents Diploma or an Advanced Regents Diploma, and the curriculum meets all New York state learning standards. Students can also earn college credits for their work at Tech Valley High.

Project-based learning

Students collaborate on meaningful projects that require critical thinking, creativity and communication to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems. By making learning relevant in this way, students see a purpose for mastering state-required skills and content concepts.

Students aren’t just assessed on their understanding of academic content, but on their ability to successfully apply that content when solving authentic problems. This expands student learning by preparing them with work habits and character traits needed to succeed in life, college and careers.

Tech Valley High School partners with leaders from area businesses and higher education. They were involved in shaping the school, continue to be participants and collaborators in the educational program and help develop the project-based learning experiences in cooperation with educators.

The role of technology

TVHS has a one-to-one student to computer ratio. A focus on emerging technologies serves as a teaching tool and local technology experts partner with teachers to create innovative projects.

Integrated curriculum

Classes are integrated at TVHS. For example, Global Humanities is a course in freshman and sophomore years that integrates Global History and English. Students study Biology and Engineering in a course called Bioengineering. Sophomore English and American History are combined in a course called Inventing America.

Authentic opportunities in the field

Projects at Tech Valley High School integrate real-world scenarios and information wherever possible. For example, in Bioengineering class, students are as likely to be found in the field gathering data, as they are in the classroom analyzing it.

Each year, students go to the Hudson River where they gather water samples to analyze against historic data collected by previous TVHS classes and other schools.

Students as the teachers

Tech Valley High’s education is centered on the students, who drive their own learning. In many cases, projects put students into the teacher’s role.

All students participate in the annual TVHS Design Expo held at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Zero Energy Nanotechnology Building. Students either create new projects or revise and polish projects they created earlier in the year.

All of the projects feature problems that were solved through the use of the engineering design process. Students present their work and explain the process to participants, including educators and members of the professional business community.

Workplace experience with experts

All students at TVHS undertake an annual I-term project in February that allows them to study a potential career.

Freshmen and sophomores take on individual research projects that prepare them for their junior year, when they spend 15 to 25 hours working side-by-side with engineers, doctors, researchers, executives and other professionals.

I-term culminates with Senior Project, a long-term investigation into a career field in which they are interested. Seniors complete a two-week internship and create an authentic artifact and research paper.


Colleges attended by TVHS alumni

College & career skill development and schoolwide learning outcomes

Physical education program

Project-based learning

Course catalog

Frequently Asked Questions

bottom pixel border graphic