New Century Technology High School (NCTHS) will celebrate its fourteenth graduating class in May of 2016. Over the course of the eighteen plus years of its existence, New Century has experienced many transitions, adversities, and ultimately triumphs. The most recent iteration of NCTHS sees it as Huntsville City School’s only magnet high school with an emphasis in STEM education. The mission of NCTHS is to immerse motivated, highly capable students in advanced studies and industry experience in fields of computer science, engineering and biomedical science. Values fostered at New Century include: embracing diversity, ethical behavior, and academic excellence.
New Century’s demographic is a mirror image of Huntsville City Schools. Generally speaking, the percentages of white and black students are equal (41% White, 39% Black) with the remaining percentages of students comprising mostly Hispanic (9%), Multi-racial, Asian, and Other.
In 2012, the school was physically relocated from the western edge of Huntsville City, to a more central location in the newly built Lee High School building. Since this move, more students from the south and east parts of Huntsville have showed a greater interest in applying to New Century and the overall enrollment of the school has increased.
All students at New Century are selected for admission based on their interest in technology in the areas of engineering, computer science, and/or biomedical science. Students complete at least two additional electives in these areas each year in addition to the requirements set forth by State of Alabama. All students at New Century are expected to complete the Huntsville City Schools Honors Diploma and are asked to take the most advanced classes in the core areas in which they are able to experience academic success. An emerging area of focus at New Century is an embodiment of ethical behavior for students. Respect for diversity, fairness, and personal responsibility are expectations that are integrated within the curriculum.