Welcome from the Director
The foundation has been laid for an amazing way to educate young people. WSOI has an unparalleled learning space. We have a great mix of talented and dedicated facilitators who care very deeply for young people and their education. With hard work, purposeful collaboration, and constant communication, I hope that our small learning community at PHS will become a special place for all members (community, staff, facilitators, and learners) to learn and grow together.
I look forward to working with you and your child this year!
Culture that Empowers
Trust, respect, and responsibility are the hallmarks of our culture. At New Tech schools, students and teachers alike have exceptional ownership of the learning experience and their school environment. Working on projects and in teams, students are accountable to their peers and acquire a level of responsibility similar to what they would experience in a professional work environment.
Teaching that Engages
Project Based Learning is at the heart of our instructional approach. In Project Based Learning, learning is contextual, creative, and shared. Students collaborate on projects that require critical thinking and communication. By making learning relevant to them in this way, student engagement reaches new levels. This higher level of engagement is associated with better educational outcomes.
Technology that Enables
The smart use of technology supports our innovative approach to instruction and culture. With access to Web-enabled computers and the latest in collaborative learning technology, every student becomes a self-directed learner who no longer needs to rely primarily on teachers or textbooks for knowledge and direction. We use Echo, an online learning management system to create a vibrant network which helps students, teachers, and parents connect to each other, and to student projects across the country.