The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship
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|The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship|
|444 S. Patterson
Bloomington, Indiana 47403
|School type||High School|
|School district||Monroe County Community School Corporation|
|Principal||Jessica "Bruce" Willis|
|School colour(s)||Blue and Green|
|Slogan||"Trust. Respect. Responsibility."|
The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship (previously named "Bloomington New Tech High School") is a high school in Bloomington, Indiana, United States which utilizes Project Based Learning. Opened in fall 2008 with a class size of 96 students, the school will serve students in 9th-12th grades, adding a class each year, with up to 100 students per grade. As of May 2009, the class of 2012 has 50-65 students. The school has a 1:1 student to computer ratio.
The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship in Bloomington, Indiana is part of the larger New Tech Network, which includes over 100 schools across the United States. The school is funded through district funds, state grants, and community donations. The Bloomington New Tech High School building was originally the Rogers Building Supplies main building. It was renovated to become a school.
The New Tech model is characterized by three principles:
- A new instructional approach that engages learners;
- A culture that empowers students and teachers; and
- Fully applied technology that supports deep learning.
The Academy is located on the near west side, off of Patterson St. Both the school campus, and the surrounding area have seen a host of improvements over the past few years. In the summer of 2013, major work was done on the school campus, adding a number of features including new signage, landscaping, a new parking lot, picnic shelter and outdoor benches, and a basketball court. During the 2013-14 school year, the "Green Pioneers" group (with help from the community) installed a rain garden to capture the runoff from the school roof, and reduce the amount of storm water that went into the city sewers.
New Tech uses project-based learning to engage students in relevant and meaningful work. Much of the classwork is done on computer. The school uses New Technology Foundation's echo Collaborative Learning Environment and Gmail/Google Drive for assignment management, grades, and collaboration. In the first year, before echo was finalized, the American Studies class used the Moodle virtual learning environment.
The following classes are currently available:
- American Studies - a combination of American History and English 9.
- English 11
- World Studies - a combination of World History and English 10.
- English 12
- Software Technology & Success Skills - teaches students software applications (mainly from Microsoft) and skills that help students get jobs.
- Biology & Health
- Environmental Science
- Algebra I & II
- Pre Calculus/Trigonometry
- Entrepreneurship - The entrepreneurship class runs the school store. All class members are members of DECA.
- Spanish: Levels 1-3
- Art - This class can be taken as a Dual Credit Course, earning both High School and Ivy Tech credit.
- Service Learning Classes (Teaching Assistants, Recycling, etc.)
- IVYT120- An Ivy Tech class taught on-site at BNTHS.
- Ivy Tech Release - Allows students to take classes on the local Ivy Tech campus.
- Film as Literature
- Dramatic Literature
- Physical Education
Many extracurricular activities are available at Bloomington New Tech High School including but not limited to:
- Business Professionals of America
- Computer Hardware Club
- Student Council
- Green Pioneers Team (Recycling)
Students may also participate in the activities of their "home school". Many Academy students have been in band, theater, or on sports teams at Bloomington North or South.
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- "New Tech a new way of learning for Bloomington students". Heraldtimesonline.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
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