New Urban began in 2003 and is founded on five core beliefs about schools and education:
We want all of our students to feel that they are known well by our staff and will have meaningful interactions with adults on a daily basis.
Learning should be challenging, stimulating, and relevant to students' lives.
Teachers know students' learning styles and provide varied teaching strategies to accommodate for the differences.
All students can learn with the proper environment and motivation.
School must be a safe place both physically and emotionally.
At New Urban teachers work in teams, or "houses", assigned to smaller groups of students. This allows for a project based system enabling teachers to integrate their curriculum and students to see the connections between content areas. Students are grouped in houses based on the number of credits they have acquired so that they can continue to progress toward a high school diploma.
For the first two years NUHS was located in the Sabin-Schellenberg South Campus. In the fall of 2007 NUHS moved into present site in the Oak Grove Campus. The first principal of New Urban High School was Ken Costa. Mr. Costa served as principal from 2005-2010. In the summer of 2010 the North Clackamas School Board appointed Mike Englen as the new principal of NUHS.
Mr. Englen retired in the fall of 2013.
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