2019-2020 Welcome Message to Families

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!


Dear NLIS Students & Families,

Welcome to New Liberty Innovation School! We are so happy you’ve decided to join us. We are a small high school within the Salem Public School District. We are competency-based, which means student progress is measured against academic, social-emotional, and professional-readiness competencies that align with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, Next Generation Science Standards, and the MA Work-Based Learning Plan. Students earn competencies from work and projects both inside and outside of the classroom, and have unlimited opportunities to demonstrate skills learned in each. 

Our program works beyond the scope of a traditional high school education by providing students with small class sizes, real-world learning opportunities, and the ability to focus on topics and projects of interest to each student. NLIS staff provides students with wrap-around support and coaching, which enables students to fully engage in their learning and make academic and social-emotional progress. 

Students will have access to college and employment training and planning through our College and Employment Center, which is run by our Employment and Postgraduate Planning Specialist. We will also continue to focus on developing stronger, more meaningful two-way relationships with our students’ families through our positive home visits program. 

Some changes for this year include a new schedule where students take all of their core academic classes in the morning and then engage in longer, more personalized project blocks in the afternoon. This year advisory will have a curriculum and students will receive a grade for their work on professional readiness and academic reflection each quarter. 

It’s my pleasure and honor to work with and support your young person each day at New Liberty. My door is always open. Feel free to call or email me any time. 

Jennifer Winsor, Principal NLIS

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