A Different Kind of High School
New Liberty Innovation School is a different kind of high school. Here, you will find:
- Friendly greetings…instead of bells.
- Support to take on obstacles in your life…instead of detentions and suspensions
- Small, active classes…instead of big, crowded classes.
- Goal-setting and narrative feedback…instead of letter grades.
- Personalized paths to graduation…instead of freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years.
NLIS programs are designed to help students develop in three important areas:
NLIS offers innovative instruction in four academic areas: math, science, humanities and wellness. Regardless of your current skill level, we can prepare you to master the minimum requirements for a high school diploma in Massachusetts and pass state-wide exams such as the MCAS. To reach this goal, we offer a full spectrum of academic supports for all students, not just those with active special education plans. We also offer small classes (5-15 students) and engaging curriculum and courses that are designed with student input.
At NLIS, each student must complete 10 weeks of consistent, successful employment in order to graduate. We help you reach this goal by preparing you with the skills you need to secure and succeed in a job. We also have a system of different “sheltered employment” options, where you can practice these skills while attending school. We can also guide you in an exploration of many career options and help you find what you love to do.
At NLIS, our goal is for all of our students to grow into stable, independent adults. Most schools focus on academics, and academics are important, but we find that the main obstacle for our students is often social and emotional health, not academic skill.
To address this need, every NLIS student is assigned an advisory team upon enrollment. These two advisors stay with you throughout your time at NLIS and work with you to discover what makes it hard for you to stay in school. They will also uncover your talents and draw on these strengths to fuel and guide your educational decisions. NLIS also has a social and emotional curriculum called “Essential Habits” to teach the skills that are often obstacles for our students. These include: communication skills, emotional regulation, decision making and access to basic resources like food, clothing and shelter.
To learn more about the power of social and emotional learning (SEL) in high schools, take a look at these articles: