Enrollment increased for new school in Nipomo

The Lucia Mar Unified School District has increased the number of spots it will make available for next years’ first ever freshman class at a new school in Nipomo.

Central Coast New Tech High is scheduled to open next August on the Nipomo High campus with a class of 125 freshmen. District officials announced Friday that the enrollment has been increased to 150 students partly because of the demand and also to allow more flexibility with schedules and class offerings.

New Tech High is a small-school program that incorporates high-technology teaching methods -- including ensuring each student has a computer -- and “project-based learning” similar to Cal Poly’s “learn by doing” philosophy.

District spokesman Ryan Foran said that 156 students are currently registered. Of that number, 10 people are currently attending schools outside the district, though some live within its boundaries. Registration forms are due on Jan. 12.

The district will hold its final community meeting on the new school at 6 p.m. Thursday at Nipomo High, 525 N. Thompson Road. For more information on the school, visit www.CentralCoastNewTech.org.

In related district news, the Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation, a nonprofit organization formed to support some of the South County district’s programs, including New Tech High, will host a fundraising event today.

Foundation volunteers and Lucia Mar district staff will be on hand to answer questions about programs including New Tech High and an international baccalaureate/ magnet program at Grover Beach Elementary, which will incorporate more technology, fine arts and Spanish into students’ curriculum.

So far, the Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation has raised about $50,000 in its first fundraising campaign.

The event, a wine and cheese pairing, silent auction and raffle, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. today at La Perla del Mar, 205 Windward Ave. in Shell Beach.

Tickets are $20 with proceeds going to the foundation. For more information and to reserve a spot, go to www.thefoundationforinnovation.org.