During a regular in-person school day students may use personal devices before 8:30 am or after 3:30 pm. The school phone is available for emergency communication during the school day.
All students have access to their own Google Chromebook for research and writing. There is also a class set of conventional laptop computers for tasks that are beyond the capability of Chromebooks. Special use Mac computers and iPads are be available for use at school for comprehensive projects involving graphics, sound, video, etc.
Class sizes vary, depending on the activity. Labs, direct instruction, and discussion sections will be no larger than 20 students. Project-based learning will be groups of 2-8. Independent study will be supervised time for students to work on their own.
“Charter school students are assessed annually as part of the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP), and charter schools are required to administer other state mandated assessments such as the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) and the English Language Proficiency Assessment.” (MDE Charter School Q&A) At New School High 9th and 10th graders will take the PSAT and 11th graders will take the SAT.
Depending on student needs AP courses could be taught, or school staff – with the additional support of mentors – could coach students individually and in small groups for specific examinations.
Students who are certified for special education may enroll at any public school academy and receive appropriate services.
No. As a public school academy, there is no tuition charge to attend New School High. “Charter schools are, by statute, free and open to all Michigan residents.” (MDE Charter Schools Q&A)
“Except as prescribed in law, a charter school may not be selective in its enrollment process. It may not screen out students based on disability, race, religion, gender, test scores, etc. It may predetermine the ages, grades, and number of students it will serve. A random selection process must be used if the number of applicants exceeds the school’s enrollment capacity.” (MDE Charter School Q&A) After the open enrollment date, if we have received more registration materials than there are seats, the families of registered students will be notified and a public, random drawing will be held within two weeks to determine the students who are guaranteed a place and those on the waiting list.
Yes, as a public school academy, New School High has a board. In our case, the board members were also founders of the school and have been involved in the planning and operations from the beginning.
New School High is a public school academy and complies with all state and federal requirements regarding the separation between church and state. Students and staff enter the building through a separate entrance and there is a division between the side of the building used by the school and the side used by the church. There are no religious symbols in the areas used by students and staff. The church does not and cannot have influence on the curriculum or activities of the school.
No. There is no residence requirement. Students may live in any community and attend New School High. This is the case with all charter schools.
Below are guidelines to abide by regarding dress code at NSH:
All students must wear tops with a non-revealing neckline. Low cut, open back, bare midriff, off the shoulders, spaghetti straps, bare sides, see through, etc will not be permissible. Female students may wear sleeveless garments which adequately cover undergarments and adhere to the aforementioned guidelines.
No obscene language and/or illegal substance advertisements (to include alcoholic and tobacco advertisements) may be worn on clothing or accessories.
Students should not wear sunglasses in the learning environment, unless a doctor’s note is provided to the office staff.
Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be fingertip length or longer. Garments worn over leggings must follow the fingertip rule.
Nighttime attire is not acceptable in the school setting. This may include, but is not limited to, blankets, robes, slippers, and house shoes, unless a school spirit event is scheduled.
Students are required to wear appropriate shoes at all times. Students need to wear closed toe shoes at all times.
Students should not wear excessively tight or revealing clothing, such as fishnet or see through garments, may be worn.
Students are prohibited from wearing any sign, symbol, logo, or garment, which has become synonymous with any gang, cult, or unauthorized club or organizational activity
Students need to provide their own healthy food for lunches and snacks. A kitchen is available for storage.
Our programming is determined by the interests of our students. Groups have included competitive economics/personal finance team, Drama Club, Table Top and Electronics Games Club, Cobra Strikes bowling team, Chinese culture and language group, basketball club, basketball team, our FRC team: Human Error, and a political discussion group. If our students want a particular extra-curricular, we will support them.
Students will be assessed against the content standards for the individual course rather than being compared to their peers. Evaluations will be based on demonstrated proficiency, from “Needs Significant Help” to “Mastery”. These levels will correspond to letter grades on a student’s official transcript. Because our goal is learning, students will be encouraged to revise and improve their work and grades.
It is important that students feel connected to their school through traditions and celebrations that mark important times. Dances, activities nights, school trips, and special events are all ways New School High encourages students to widen their circles of friends, try new things, and have fun.