Innovative New Project-Based High School Comes to the North Bay

Curriculum based upon a nationally recognized and award-winning model for secondary education

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One of the greatest aspects of interdisciplinary curriculum and projects is that you don't simply work within one subject area

Petaluma, CA (PRWEB) October 17, 2008

North Bay Academy of Communication and Design (NBACD), an innovative new private high school for North Bay ninth through twelfth graders, will open in September, 2009. The school will be centrally located in the North Bay town of Petaluma, in southern Sonoma County, and will accept up to 120 students. NBACD will feature project-based instruction and integrated curriculum within a standards-based educational framework.

NBACD has been launched by a number of educators who presided over the successful project-based charter high school, Marin School of Arts and Technology (MSAT), in Novato. MSAT closed after its fourth year of operation because a facilities agreement could not be reached with Novato Unified School District, which held its charter. MSAT was fully accredited at the time of its closure and widely recognized as a model of project-based instruction. Its teachers and staff have now formed NBACD to address the continuing need for quality and innovation in high school education in the North Bay counties.

"This model for powerful learning has become a passion with us," says NBACD Director of Curriculum, Justin Wells. "We saw our kids make enormous strides. We saw them engaged in learning. We watched the students excel in a caring community where they were free to respect learning, and respect each other. We'll offer that opportunity once again, with the opening of NBACD."

Along with academic content and attention to national and state standards, NBACD courses of study incorporate the development of creative, technological, and professional skills, such as critical thinking, written and oral communication, problem solving, and teamwork. Learning is contextual, active, and authentic. Core activities are integrated and interdisciplinary. Project-based work and field studies, along with traditional academic work, are the norm.

"One of the greatest aspects of interdisciplinary curriculum and projects is that you don't simply work within one subject area," said Aaron Kalb, MSAT graduate and current sophomore at Stanford University. "Instead, you're always bringing together different areas of knowledge and employing different skills. After going through this type of program I was more than prepared to meet the challenges of college."

NBACD will begin accepting applications on November 1st, 2008. Applications will be available on the NBACD website http://www.nbacd.org/enroll.html. The next enrollment information night is scheduled for Thursday October 23rd, 2008, 6:30 P.M. in the Activity Room at the Petaluma Community Center. Additional Information about the school's educational philosophy, board of directors and upcoming enrollment events is also posted on the website. For further information, contact Tony Harris at 707-364-3992, tharris@nbacd.org, or Office Manager Angela Knudsen at 707-364-3992, angela@nbacd.org.

About North Bay Academy of Communication and Design
Based on a nationally recognized and award-winning model for secondary education, the North Bay Academy of Communication and Design (NBACD), a new private, college preparatory, project-based high school will be located in Petaluma in Sonoma County. NBACD is based on the educational model of the outstanding Envision Schools charter school the Marin School of Arts and Technology.

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