New Designs for School
New Designs for School

We’ve all had the experience of truly purposeful, authentic learning and know how valuable it is. Educators are taking the best of what we know about learning, student support, effective instruction, and interpersonal skill-building to completely reimagine schools so that students experience that kind of purposeful learning all day, every day.

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Primary Contact Name:
Mark Kostin
mkostin@greatschoolspartnership.org
Award Date:
March 2015
Grant Type:
Regional New England Launch
Start Date:
Fall 2015 and Fall 2016
Startup Type:
Redesign

The New England Secondary School Consortium selected 20 schools as part of the NGLC Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools initiative. These existing public schools are redesigning their structures and approaches in order to provide high quality personalized instruction. 

CONNECTICUT

High School in the Community
HSC specializes in providing proficiency-based learning for students with clear expectations, actionable feedback, and data-informed supports and interventions.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: New Haven, CT
    Operator: New Haven Public Schools
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Urban
    Students: 241
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2015

Metropolitan Business Academy 
MBA requires all students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of business-related internships.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: New Haven, CT
    Operator: New Haven Public Schools
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Urban
    Students: 339
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2016

New Fairfield Middle School
Technology is highly integrated in teaching, learning, and development of students’ habits of work. A system of differentiated instruction, timely interventions, and student-driven learning was developed by the personalized learning community of educators.

  • Grades Served: 6-8
    Location: New Fairfield, CT
    Operator: New Fairfield Public Schools
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Suburban
    Students: 732
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2015

New Fairfield High School 
Building upon its successful Digital Academy, a new Freshman Academy will ensure rigor, personalization, and equity within a community of learners.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: New Fairfield, CT
    Operator: New Fairfield Public Schools
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Suburban
    Students: 1,003
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2016

New Haven Academy   
Rich and engaging learning experiences challenge students and ensure deeper learning grounded in a proficiency-based learning system.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: New Haven, CT
    Operator: New Haven Public Schools
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Urban
    Students: 263
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2016

MAINE

Deer Isle-Stonington High School 
Interconnection with vibrant local coastal and arts communities: students engage in deeper learning within self-selected pathways to truly impact their communities through relevant, authentic problem-based learning opportunities.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: Deer Isle, ME
    Operator: Deer Isle Stonington Central School District
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Rural
    Students: 139
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2015

Hall-Dale Middle School & High School 
After five years of a successful proficiency-based learning system, the school is further personalizing the learning environment with the development of habits of work and personal learning plans.

  • Grades Served: 6-12
    Location: Farmingdale, ME
    Operator: Kennebec Intra-District Schools/RSU 2
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Suburban
    Students: 310
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2015

Monmouth Academy 
A redesigned schedule supports increased flexibility for learners and an enhanced professional learning culture, advancing personalized learning through five years of a successful proficiency-based learning system.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: Monmouth, ME
    Operator: Kennebec Intra-District Schools/RSU 2
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Rural
    Students: 236
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2015

Noble High School 
Clear expectations for its learners, a commitment to heterogeneous grouping, and a timely intervention system helps students reach their goals. 

  • Grades Served: 8-12 
    Location: North Berwick, ME
    Operator: Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) #60
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Rural
    Students: 957
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2015

Richmond Middle School & High School 
After five years of a successful proficiency-based learning system, the school is furthering personalized learning by developing extended learning opportunities and community-based learning to build experiences around students' aspirations.

  • Grades Served: 6-12
    Location: Richmond, ME
    Operator: Kennebec Intra-District Schools/RSU 2
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Rural
    Students: 141
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2015

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Great Bay Charter School 
All students have an enriching learning experience within a highly engaged and inclusive environment. Student ownership of their learning community and shared leadership structures allow for all stakeholders to be an integral part of the school improvement process and development of a safe and equitable learning space.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: Exeter, NH
    Operator Type: Charter
    Setting: Suburban
    Students: 119
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2015

Manchester School of Technology 
At this high school located inside a large career and technical education center, students integrate their learning in core academic classes alongside industry-based programs of study.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: Manchester, NH
    Operator: Manchester School District/SAU #37
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Urban
    Students: 240
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2016

Pittsfield Middle High School
During extended learning opportunities that take place outside of the school, students demonstrate authentic and novel learning.

  • Grades Served: 6-12
    Location: Pittsfield, NH
    Operator: Pittsfield School District/SAU #51
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Rural
    Students: 160
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2015

RHODE ISLAND

Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School 
A large, comprehensive middle school that personalizes learning by providing all students with growth mindset-related instruction and supports.

  • Grades Served: 6-8
    Location: Coventry, RI
    Operator: Coventry Public Schools of RI
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Suburban
    Students: 1,166
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2015

Central Falls High School 
Partnerships with community, business, and higher education provide students with multiple pathways and supports, preparing all students for challenges and opportunities they will face in the colleges and careers they choose.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: Central Falls, RI
    Operator: Central Falls School District
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Urban
    Students: 813
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2016

Cumberland High School 
The largest school in the New England portfolio, CHS provides all students with laptops and requires all students to demonstrate proficiency in all of its graduation standards.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: Cumberland, RI
    Operator: Cumberland School Department
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Suburban
    Students: 1,461
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2015

Ponaganset High School 
Structures to foster the community-owned vision for learning of personalization and self-actualization include well-defined learning academies, impactful presentations of learning, and intentional integration of technology. 

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: North Scituate, RI
    Operator: Foster-Glocester Regional Schools
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Suburban
    Students: 751
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2015

VERMONT

Cabot School
 A rural, community-based school with its tradition of excellence surrounding project-based learning enriched by a shift to proficiency-based learning.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: Cabot, VT
    Operator: Washington Northeast Supervisory Union
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Rural
    Students: 63
    Start Date: Fall 2016

Harwood Union Middle/High School
Building upon structures of professional learning communities and 1:1 devices, the school is personalizing learning through the integration of instructional technology, advancement of standards into the high school, and a strong long-term plan for community engagement.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: Moretown, VT
    Operator: Washington West Supervisory Union
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Rural
    Students: 737
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2016

Twinfield Union School 
Students can design their own learning experiences that lead to the authentic demonstrations of learning of their proficiency-based graduation standards.

  • Grades Served: 9-12
    Location: Plainfield, VT
    Operator: Washington Northeast Supervisory Union
    Operator Type: District
    Setting: Rural
    Students: 113
    Redesign Start Date: Fall 2016