At Tuesday’s noon Rotary meeting, Dr. Jocelyn Cosgrave of Zanesville High School’s Muskingum Valley New Tech Academy talked about the programs’ first year in review and what they have planned for the future.
"New Tech Academy is a school of choice within Zanesville City Schools," saud Dr. Cosgrave. "And it’s a college and career readiness path that students can choose. It’s all project based. So we do authentic project so we do authentic projects that they would do out in the workplace with the skills that they learn in class."
Students are still Zanesville High School students, they just do everything in a project-style learning format versus the traditional lecture style. New Tech Academy is offered to students in grades 9 through 11 and this year, they’re opening up the program to middle school students.
"Project-based learning lends itself to middle school styles of learning because the students are not always engaged. They kind of get to that point where they might be a little more bored with school and so the project based learning environment just kind of gives them a way to give a why to what they’re learning."
The academy is located inside of Zanesville High School. Registration is still open until the start of the school year. You can stop by the office at Zanesville High School to fill out an application for enrollment.