Unique Academic Components

New Harmony High School (NHHS) utilizes unique educational frameworks to deliver deeper learning experiences for students and staff: advisories, fellowships, projects, and expeditionary learning.

Advisories

Each student at New Harmony is part of a small, 15 student learning community called an advisory. Each advisory is supported and led by an advisor (teacher) who forms a personal relationship with each of their students. Each advisee with the support of their advisor and family develops a personalized learning plan guided by their passions and interests. Watch the video below to learn more.

Fellowships

Each student has a fellowship where they work closely with a mentor working in a profession of their interest, learning in a real-world setting. During their apprenticeships students participate in guided reflection on their real-world learning experiences with their mentors and advisors to ensure deep and meaningful learning.

 

Exhbitions/Projects

Each quarter students develop a project and/or an exhibition of their own design, allowing students to further explore their unique interests and passions. Projects are designed to be cross-curriculuar and incorporate what students are learning within their classes and/or their fellowships, this ensures that students are able to make their classes relevant to their passions and interest, ensuring learning is relevant.

Leaving-2-Learn

Each week students participate in school designed learning experiences that happen beyond the walls of the classroom. Students are exposed to a myriad of environmental and social issues, and are able to engage and explore their communities through authentic learning experiences. Watch the video below to learn more.

Student-centered learning

New Harmony uses student-centered learning to meet the educational goals of each student.

  • Students are part of small learning communities consisting of 15 students called an advisory
  • Advisories are led by an advisor, a teacher who forms relationships with each of their students
  • Students work with their advisor to develop learning plans based on their interests
  • Students are the center of their learning so that their education is rigorous and relevant
  • Parents and families are engaged in the student’s learning process and enrolled in New Harmony alongside their student as resources to the school community

This structure creates a student-centered learning model at New Harmony, where students are invested in their learning and challenged to pursue their interests by a supportive community of educators, professionals, and family members.

Curriculum

The New Harmony curriculum will be organized around how communities can respond to and thrive in harmony with evolving ecosystems. The issue of coastal erosion gives students ample opportunity (and reason!) to learn science, mathematics, engineering and technology–along with humanities-based studies such as political science, literature and music. Examples of academic units or projects include:

  • Exploring the various impacts of rising sea levels
  • Digging into effects on civic engagement and community development
  • Documenting social impacts like civil rights, food security and emotional wellness or analyzing their potential in different economic models

New Harmony emphasizes using project- and problem-based learning across the curriculum, with a focus on meeting college- and career-ready standards.

Projects deepen students’ academic content knowledge as they apply their learning in context, while also honing their organizational, collaboration and research skills, developing better communication with peers and adults, and working within their community.

STUDENT SUPPORT SErVICES

New Harmony High values student identity. We believe that every child deserves to receive the best education possible. Being placed in the least restrictive environment, gaining necessary life skills and learning how to relate and communicate with people from different walks of life is imperative to the academic growth and success of any student. New Harmony High believes that diverse learners do better in general education settings, and that this benefit is twofold as general education students benefit from a truly inclusive model as well. Thus, instructional strategies, curriculum adaptations, and behavioral interventions are applied in the least restrictive environment. New Harmony High School empowers each student to discover their individual gifts and talents. We leverage those strengths to work on relevant, rigorous projects, and engage with the community through interest­ based fellowships, working alongside mentors on real problems. We provide the staff, related services and resources to meet the unique needs of all students.

Resources
Assistance

We make every effort to be available to students to offer assistance after regular school hours. If we send work home with students, we expect the work to be within the students’ ability to complete without direct assistance. However, pursuant to R. S. 17:182.1, homework assistance is available through the New Orleans Public Library.