About Seven Valleys New Tech Academy
The New Tech Network and the CNY Regional Vision share three main tenets, which are “instruction that engages,” “culture that empowers,” and “technology that enables,” a philosophy which strives to empower students with engaging instruction and real-world learning opportunities, while providing a collaborative, interactive, technology-based learning environment.
Our mission is to empower individuals to be engaged and fulfilled members of their local and global communities by actively challenging them with authentic learning experiences.
The school serves area high school students in grades 9-12, and provides an innovative learning environment that aims to improve students’ college and career readiness through project-based learning, collaborative workspaces and technology. The school will also be a site for teacher training. Seven Valleys New Tech Academy is located at 240 Port Watson Street, Cortland.
“We are excited to have brought this state-of-the-art learning environment to the students and educators of Cortland County,” says OCM BOCES Superintendent J. Francis Manning. “The school is the culmination of years of planning—with all of the school superintendents working together on the concept and planning. Businesses, too, are providing direction and connections to the real-world.”
The creation of Seven Valleys New Tech Academy is OCM BOCES’ latest step in its fulfillment of the Central New York Regional Vision for College, Career and Citizenship Readiness, a steadfast commitment to preparing students for their future as lifelong learners, as skilled workers or entrepreneurs, and as global citizens.
The school accommodates 100 students and employs 9 teachers and staff. The school features modern classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, computers for all faculty and students, and a conference facility where teachers will come to learn about the school and project-based learning.
Seven Valleys New Tech Academy along with Innovation Tech High School, which OCM BOCES opened in Liverpool in 2014, were the first two New Tech schools in Central New York. New Tech schools are part of the New Tech Network, a non-profit organization that provides services and support nationwide to schools, districts and communities for developing public schools in which project-based learning is the primary instructional approach. Founded in Napa, California, in 1996, New Tech is made up approximately 175 schools in 28 states, China and Australia.