Project-Based Learning

At Bonsall High School, coursework is facilitated by teachers and mastered by students through authentic project-based learning. Project-based learning (PBL) is a proven method of instruction in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. 

Essential elements of rigorous and authentic project-based learning* include:

  • Significant Content
  • 21st Century Competencies
  • Inquiry
  • Driving Question(s)
  • Need to Know
  • Voice and Choice
  • Critique and Revision
  • Public Audience

*Adapted from Buck Institute for Education 

Schoolwide Learning Outcomes @ BHS

At Bonsall High School, the rigor of project-based learning demands that students foster ownership of their own learning. Additionally, assessment of project-based learning is more authentic to the real-world. Our Schoolwide Learning Outcomes (SWLOs) represent authentic assessment that is aligned to state and national standards.

New Tech Network

Bonsall High School is a proud member of the New Tech Network of nationwide schools. New Tech Network schools contain the hallmarks of rigorous project-based learning, seamless use of 1:1 technology, and a positive and empowering student culture. Started in Napa, CA in 1996, the New Tech Network has now grown to include over 150 schools in 26 states (and Australia!). Bonsall High School is the first New Tech Network school in San Diego County, but has 27 other California school neighbors. New Tech Network schools pay attention to long-term outcomes including critical thinking skills, graduation rates, and college retention rates: