Key Skills and Characteristics

At Energy Tech, we focus on the following key skills across all content areas:

Problem solving
As an engineering-focused school, we believe that all students should be equipped with the skills to make sense of difficult problems, to brainstorm ideas and solutions, to conduct effective research and carry out investigations, to present findings clearly, and to reflect and revise based on feedback.

Collaboration
Preparing students for a 21st Century workforce, we focus closely on communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills that are needed in college and in career. A sequence of specific skills has been carefully mapped and refined by teachers, college faculty and staff, as well as industry professionals. When we plan curriculum at Energy Tech, we build in extensive opportunities for students to collaborate on complex problems.

Critical thinking
We push students to break down problems and texts in every classroom. Teachers share strategies for annotating texts and making sense of problems across disciplines, and one of the first college courses that students take is actually titled “Critical Thinking”. We are preparing our students to tackle tomorrow’s problems, to ask good questions, and to challenge existing ideas.

Announcements

Summer Bridge for Incoming 9th Graders!

An optional summer bridge for incoming students will begin on Monday, 7/16 and conclude on Friday, 7/17. The program will include STEM project-based learning related to green construction, robotics, and mathematics. Students will also engage in team-building activities and special sessions on our partner college campus where they will learn more about our unique school model. Information was mailed home to incoming students - please contact Energy Tech if the address that we currently have on file is incorrect.

Summer Family/Student Orientation for Incoming Students

An evening orientation for incoming students and families will take place on Tuesday, 7/24, from 5PM to 7PM, in the Energy Tech auditorium. We will be reviewing this year's student and family handbook, our Course of Study Guide, and other important information and forms that need to be completed and signed. If you cannot attend, please contact Sara Mohamed, Parent Coordinator, to make an appointment to pick up your packet. Please RSVP!

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