Bonsall High School will be a new tech model school, one of only about 150 in the nation and 20 in California, according to Justin Cunningham, Superintendent of the Bonsall Unified School District. What does that mean?
The school will focus intensely on collaborative, project-based learning and team teaching. A core principal are lessons that involve students working together to research and prevent findings of what they have learned. This replaces the standard method of students listening to a teacher describe a process and then taking a test.
Bonsall High School students collaborate on a project designed to reduce the incidence of smoke inhalation in Uganda
The genesis of tech schools sprang from a $6 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2001. Originally, 14 schools were launched and they are now operating in 23 states with 2 schools in Australia.
And they are reporting unprecedented success. Schools already using the model have a 95 percent attendance rate, a 97 percent graduation rate and a 98 percent college acceptance rate, according to the network. It's working...
Changes are coming to Bonsall. Due to planned development and the widening of Highway 76, the small of community of about 2,200 is expected to grow to 5,000 residents in the next 5 to 8 years. The new school can accommodate 500 students with the ability to grow to 1,000.
The Bonsall Unified School District is filled with innovation. As a result there is currently an influx of home buyers coming to the area specifically for the schools. Comparatively, Bonsall home values make it an excellent buy and the future is bright.