By Keara Aughney
After years of popular programs such as Marin School of the Arts and JROTC, Novato High School has added another program to reach the needs of individuals. This new program is called NBI (North Bay Innovation). So, what is the NBI program that everyone seems to be asking about? This year Novato High School turned five teachers into mentors for 100 new incoming freshman. These students will have very different looking schedules than the rest of the school, as they have no bells with their classes.
The goal of this program is to have students come in on the first day of high school and know exactly what to expect for the rest of the school year. They are each given a computer which gives them access to the “Summit Program”, containing all of their assignments and curriculum for the year. This allows students the flexibility to complete work at their own pace, making sure they understand what’s being taught.
Freshman NBI student Ava Scafani is enjoying the new program.
“So far I am liking this program because I am able to see my whole year of school work on our learning platform, on the summit learning website,” Scafani said. “This is helpful so I know what we are working on in class and I can get ahead of the work. Also, since we have such long periods during the day, we are able to accomplish much more in class leaving us with less work that we have to do out of the class.”
English teacher Mike Taber is a part of NBI and described the new program.
“I’m very interested in just about anything that is going to allow our kids to have a better high school experience and also get them prepared for what’s going to happen when they leave the walls of Novato High School in general,” said Taber.
Not only is this program catering to students’ needs now, but it also prepares them for the future. For example, right now students complete all their academic classes through NBI, and then go to their P.E. and elective classes after lunch. However, with NBI, there is a way to still receive more than enough college credits without doing P.E. and electives. Over the course of the next few years, internships will take the place of electives and P.E. Kids will go off to their internships and receive both college and NBI high school credits.
NBI students also get placed in a spot where they want to be. It will be based off of who students are and who they want to become. If you want to go into a fashion career, then NBI will place you into an internship with fashion. If you like cars, you will be placed in an internship with cars.
“We want you guys to succeed and we want you guys to have meaningful lives and we want you guys to have an engaging experience that makes you feel like you want to go to school,” said Taber.
More and more students in our society today need different ways of receiving education, in order to cater specifically to their individual styles of learning. NBI is leading the way in doing just this.