Frequently Asked Questions

    • How do I know if NT@ZB is a good fit for my student? - Both of District 126’s high schools have much to offer. Families need to determine which four-year program best meets their needs and aspirations for their students. If your student is Algebra ready their freshman year, would thrive in a smaller school setting rich in personalization, would benefit from a one-to-one technology infused learning environment, and enjoys collaborative learning that focuses on real-world problems and integrates coursework, NT@ZB is a very viable opportunity your family should give serious consideration.
    • What are the top reasons NT@ZB students and parents would give for choosing New Tech High for their four-year high school? - Personalization… NT@ZB’s smaller learning environment fosters close, supportive relationships amongst students and adults. Twenty-first Century Skills… NT@ZB’s learning environment and expectations prepare students to thrive in today’s global society by developing critical skills in collaboration, technology literacy, oral and written communication, critical thinking, citizenship, and applied learning.
    • Does NT@ZB prepare students for college and other post high school opportunities? - Absolutely! NT@ZB’s graduation requirements include four years of English, Social Science, Science, and Math in addition to other state required courses. All NT@ZB students must complete 27.25 credits in order to earn their high school diploma. The coursework is specifically designed to prepare students well for the workforce, military, vocational school, two or four-year college/university.
    • What is NT@ZB’s relationship with the College of Lake County? - The College of Lake County has a very special partnership with NT@ZB. CLC has agreed to offer juniors and seniors dualcredit opportunities at the New Tech High campus. NT@ZB students who meet CLC eligibility requirements will earn both high school and CLC credit for specific elective courses during the normal school day. In addition, students may choose to take additional dual enrollment elective courses at the CLC campuses with permission from the principal, provided core academic courses can be met and the family provides transportation.
    • Do NT@ZB students have the opportunity to participate in sports? - Yes! NT@ZB students can and do access all District 126 athletic offerings. NT@ZB athletes ride the bus to Zion-Benton Township High School after school to join sports programs at that campus or remain at New Tech if their practices will occur at the Pearce Campus athletic fields/gym.
    • Do NT@ZB students participate in clubs? - Yes! NT@ZB students are able to participate in District 126 after school clubs. For example, NT@ZB students may choose to participate in theatre, NJROTC drill or rifle team, speech/debate, etc. In addition, NT@ZB has its own Student Government, National Honor Society, and Interact service club sponsored by Rotary International.
    • Do NT@ZB students pay additional fees? - No! NT@ZB students are assessed the same District 126 fees that students who attend Zion-Benton Township. High School pay.
    • How does the businesses community feel about NT@ZB? - The original New Tech model was designed in response to the demands of the business community in Napa, California. Napa businesses expressed to their public high school district significant concern that students were not well prepared to function in the business world. As a result, the New Tech project based learning model with a focus on 21st Century skills was developed. Similar to Napa businesses, Zion and greater Lake County Area businesses have taken great interest in NT@ZB and have agreed to provide guest speakers, project jurors, and job shadowing experiences for New Tech students. NT@ZB employs a career liaison whose duties include establishing and maintaining beneficial relationships with our area businesses and NT@ZB students.
    • How is a NT@ZB classroom different than a traditional high school classroom? - NT@ZB is truly a break with tradition! To best facilitate the project-based learning model, the large classrooms consist of groupings of tables and chairs so students can sit together and easily collaborate about their work. There is also a 1:1 student to computer ratio in that every student is issued his/her own Chromebook to assist with his/her studies. This is not a classroom where teacher driven lectures precede class assignments. Rather, students self identify what they need to learn in order to be able to complete the project assignments. The classrooms are filled with collaborative conversations, students completing online research, small group workshops, and students presenting project outcomes as demonstration of what they have learned. Teachers circulate throughout their classrooms and act as coaches/facilitators of learning. They question and dialogue with the students about their assignment progress and to foster motivation and curiosity. Teachers also hold small workshops to enhance students’ expertise within the subjects, and they assess each student’s needs for successful completion of their assignments and acquisition of knowledge.
    • Does NT@ZB help students set goals for the future? - Sure does! At NT@ZB, students are provided with opportunities to explore a variety of careers and subject areas through their project work. Students collaborate with professionals in the workforce who help them plan and develop their project ideas, and also provide students with critical feedback about their project outcomes. At the sophomore level, students participate in an entrepreneurial/career exploration class to help them realize their interests and strengths and how these assets can best be utilized to shape a productive and enriching future. Students also create a professional portfolio to document their growth toward their academic and career goals. The NT@ZB guidance counselor assists with all aspects of our students’ goals for post secondary opportunities, including navigating the college application and scholarship process.
    • My child has an IEP/504 Plan. Can he/she still attend NT@ZB? - Any student who meets the eligibility criteria may be considered for attendance at NT@ZB, including students with disabilities. So long as the student anticipates graduating from the 8th grade and meets the math and reading performance criteria, he/she can submit an application for assignment to NT@ZB. An IEP or Section 504 team meeting is held to review the student’s identified special education needs and the ability of the District to meet those needs at NT@ZB. If the IEP/Section 504 team supports the student’s attendance at NT@ZB, the student will be assigned to the program according to the lottery procedures.