When the doors opened on Monday, August 27, 2007, at Manor New Tech High School (MNTHS), 160 nervous students crossed the educational threshold into a school that focused on their potential futures in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Manor New Tech, built on the New Technology Network model of project-based learning, is strikingly different from what is found in traditional secondary education classroom settings. MNTHS student population is made up of applicants accepted through a blind lottery. As a result, the student population at MNTHS is diverse in all aspects, including the two largest subpopulations of young men and young women of color. Additionally, the project-based learning environment sets up an atmosphere where learning is student-driven, engaging, and meets the needs of a wide variety of academic abilities.