New Liberty Innovation School (NLIS) offers competency-based education, which has three key elements:
Personalization: A Program To Fit The Individual Needs of Each Student
- NLIS students work on 33 specific academic, social, emotional, and workplace skills called competencies. We chart progress towards individual competency through benchmark assessments along the way.*
- To earn a high school diploma from NLIS, students must reach competency in 25 areas. Ten of these competencies are required by Massachusetts. The student chooses the other 15 with the help of their NLIS advisory team.**
- Each student develops on their competencies through a combination of coursework and real life expereinces in the order that works best for him or her.
*School year 2016-2017 NLIS staff will be developing ILP v13. This version will have modifications to the current ILP. The purpose is to help clarify graduation pathways which will help students graduate faster! More information will be coming.
**Current students that are transiting to NLIS from NLCS will follow this pathway to graduation. New students to NLIS will follow ILP v13.
Process: Students Learn In Many Different Ways
- Teaching and learning take many forms at NLIS.
- Our teachers are excellent instructors. They are also trained to be coaches. They know each student’s profile as a learner, teach students to recognize their strengths and challenges and then encourage each student towards graduation.
- Learning happens in classrooms at NLIS but it also happens in outdoor experiences, on field trips, and on internships.
- We offer each student the flexibility in deciding how to complete—and demonstrate—competencies. Students choose the method that works best for them.