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!Welcome to New Adventures Learning Community
Open for students in Grades 6-12

​Where students prepare for college and life by ​satisfying their curiosity, unleashing their creativity, and adopting a love of learning that lasts a  lifetime.
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Every day, NALC students gather together to work and play at our beautiful physical space in Rockville, Maryland. Our talented and experienced educational coaches help them develop the academic knowledge and life skills they need to earn their diplomas. Our students prepare for their life ahead by acquiring traditional academic knowledge as well as life skills such as executive planning, team building and interpersonal skills.  
NALC works with families to find a curriculum that is tailored to fit their student's unique interests and goals. Students may be dual-enrolled in NALC and a family-selected​, NALC-approved online private school. 

NALC students can earn the necessary course credits to graduate from high school and are prepared for their post-secondary school experiences whether it be college, vocational school, a gap year, or career focused.
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Our Goals

  1. Accomplishment
    Students are empowered to take control over their education. With the help of our coaches, students devise a plan to accomplish their own goals. Daily communication with their coach to plan out their day and check-in at the end of the day provide the accountability students need to progress, learn to stick to deadlines and to document their learning. 
  2. Planning
    Students learn executive function and planning skills by mapping out their pace and subject matter. Annual, monthly, weekly and daily goals are created and adhered to. Facilitation by coaches help the students stay on track and document their progress. Daily logs are filled out daily to help organize their time better and learn to plan and execute long-term assignments.
  3. Implementing
    Throughout the NALC program there is a concentration on developmental needs and goals. Younger students concentrate on the skills they need to complete required courses including time management and organization. As students grow, the work becomes more challenging, coaches facilitate students' independence and cooperative and collaborative learning skills to complete high school.
  4. Transition
    Juniors and Seniors spend time preparing for their post-secondary school endeavors. College bound, taking a gap-year, attending vocational training students will receive the help from their coaches and our advisor in determining what path they will take next. Filling out applications for schools or jobs and career advice are all a part of our educational programming.
Meet Our Team
  1. Abbie
    Abbie, a native of Montgomery County, recognizes the need for reforms to our current MCPS education practices. Originally trained as an Early Childhood Educator, Abbie recognized that best practices for education apply to more than just our youngest learners. Applying her philosophy of learning through play and discovery, she has developed a curriculum that brings the fun back into learning. Most especially, secondary learners need to be engaged in their learning. Abbie uses her tremendous tool box and endless creativity to motivate students. She gets their buy-in by utilizing the students’ skills and interests to form individualized curriculum as well as cooperative and collaborative projects.
  2. John
    John is a professional digital artist with experience in illustration, design, photoghrapy, video production, 3D modeling and 3D printing. In 2010, he turned his focus to teaching and quickly became a firm believer in using emerging technologies to engage students in an interdisciplinary approach to learning. By 2012, John became one of the very first teachers in Maryland to offer a 3D printing course at a secondary school.
  3. Shana
    Shana, assistant administrator and teacher, is our intern for the 2017-2018 calendar year. Originally from California, Shana took on the opportunity to travel to Maryland and discover what it takes to be an educator and build an organization from the ground up. She has always been a supporter of individual learning styles and self-guided education. She credits her own love of learning to great teachers and hopes to gain the same ability to inspire others. Outside of NALC, her interests include social justice, environmental science, art and computer science.