Central Coast New Tech High School is now accepting registration from students outside of the Lucia Mar Unified School District for the 2012-2013 school year. Central Coast New Tech High School, located in Nipomo, is centered around project-based learning which encourages engagement, teamwork, and creativity for its students who work on real-world projects and issues.

“Some people have described Central Coast New Tech High School as a private education that’s completely free,” said Lucia Mar Unified School District Superintendent Jim Hogeboom. “This new high school will give students who want to be more engaged and involved with their learning an opportunity to do that in a small school setting. Parents are very excited, and so are we.”

Lucia Mar Unified School District gave priority registration status to its own students first, but with limited spots available the school is now accepting applications from students outside of the district who will be entering the ninth grade next year. The inaugural class for Central Coast New Tech High School is projected to have 150 students. Each subsequent year the school will add another class with approximately 125 students.

The Central Coast New Tech High School model integrates high-tech teaching methods with project-based learning, similar to Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” philosophy. Upon graduation, New Tech students will have completed college courses, given more than 200 multimedia presentations, completed internships, performed community service, completed a senior project, worked on real-world projects, and have a digital resume portfolio. There are currently 87 New Tech High Schools in 16 states.

Registration forms can be filled out online at www.CentralCoastNewTech.org .

For more information you can call (805) 474-3000 or email ccnth@lmusd.org