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Manor New Technology High School

Grades 9-12 | Manor, TX

Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish

In a small town, about 12 miles east of Austin, Texas, Manor New Technology High School is a devoted to teaching every subject to every student through project-based learning.
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What This School Is Achieving


Since focusing on project-based learning, this school has achieved the following:


14% growth in math
10% growth in reading
11% growth in science

Manor New Tech High School has graduated two classes with an average annual graduation rate of 98%. Additionally, 96% of students in the first two classes were admitted to college, and more than 50% of those admitted were first-generation college students.

How They Do It

Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish

What Makes Project-Based Learning a Success?

At this high school in Texas, where every class is project-based, there is a commitment to a consistent process, a focus on relationships, and a commitment to relevance and rigor.

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Research-Supported PBL Practices

At one New Tech Network high school, strategies backed by research make project-based learning effective and engaging for teachers and students.

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Resources and Tools for PBL Start to Finish

Educators from Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, part of the New Tech Network of schools, have provided these resources and tools for project-based learning.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

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