Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation

Foundation for Innovation 


To engage, challenge, and inspire all of our children by partnering with the community to support educational innovation and excellence in Lucia Mar schools.


Our vision is that our schools are places of excellence

where our children learn the skills to be successful in the 21st century.



Why the Foundation for Innovation? Foundation for Innovation

The Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation helps provide the resources and vision required for students to master the skills needed to contribute to society, be successful, and have a competitive advantage in the global economy. This will result in a continually thriving South County community and economy.

The Foundation for Innovation identifies and supports the most promising and innovative programs and practices that will allow our students to master 21st Century Learning Skills. We provide additional resources to ensure opportunities in technology, arts, foreign languages, and other 21st Century skills. We work in partnership with the district to create programs and practices of excellence that are innovative, high-impact, and results-oriented.


 21st Century Skills 

The Foundation will support the 21st Century Skills adopted by Lucia Mar Unified to provide our children with a high-quality education. The seven skills are:

Innovation, Imagination, & Creativity

Global Awareness & Second Language Skills

Technology Skills

Communication Skills

Problem Solving & Critical Thinking Skills

Teamwork, Collaboration & Cooperation



The Foundation will initially focus on three of the seven 21st Century Skills identified by the District as focal areas – Technology; Innovation, Imagination, & Creativity; and Global Awareness & Second Language – as these require additional resources beyond the scope of the district budget.


Foundation Goals 

· Foster the creation of model programs and themes at school sites to further 21st Century Skills development.

· Enhance students’ technology skills by providing computers, technology support, and internet access to all Lucia Mar students.

· Help students develop 2nd language skills by working with the District to provide meaningful opportunities for students to engage in learning a second language.

· Encourage creativity among our youth by working with the District to provide meaningful opportunities for students to engage in music, drama, and art (visual and performing arts).

· Raise at least $500,000 annually in philanthropic funds to support Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation goals.

· Communicate our efforts to all constituencies in our community through social interaction and engagement.

· Develop and implement effectiveness measures for funds spent that hold the District responsible for the use of money to further students’ 21st Century skill development.


New Tech New Tech High School

The Foundation for Innovation will help implement a New Tech High School on the Nipomo High School Campus.


What is a New Tech High School?

The New Tech model provides an instructional approach centered on project-based learning, a culture that empowers students and teachers, and integrated technology in the classroom. Our hands-on, multi-year approach gives schools structure and support to ensure long-term success. Founded in Napa, California, in 1996, New Tech is made up of 85 public high schools in 16 states.

Napa New Tech High School

What is the New Tech High Model?

Project-based learning is at the heart of our instructional approach. In project-based learning, learning is contextual, creative, and shared. Students collaborate on projects that require critical thinking and communication. By making learning relevant to them in this way, student engagement reaches new levels. This higher level of engagement is associated with better educational outcomes.

The smart use of technology supports our innovative approach to instruction and culture. All classrooms have a one-to-one computing ratio. With access to Web-enabled computers and the latest in collaborative learning technology, every student becomes a self-directed learner who no longer needs to rely primarily on teachers or textbooks for knowledge and direction. We use an online learning management system to create a vibrant network which helps students, teachers, and parents connect to each other, and to student projects, across the country.

Finally, each New Tech school maintains a culture that promotes trust, respect, and responsibility. At New Tech schools, students and teachers alike have exceptional ownership of the learning experience and their school environment. Working on projects and in teams, students are accountable to their peers and acquire a level of responsibility similar to what they would experience in a professional work environment.

Our approach is working. New Tech students are going on to achieve significant educational attainment. All New Tech students who have applied to a two-year college were accepted; 85 percent of those applying to a four-year college were accepted. New Tech students are exceptional because we teach and assess the skills they need to succeed in life, college, and the careers of tomorrow. Click here for the New Tech Network website.

Gen 7 Building that will be used at Nipomo New Tech

Gen 7 Building that will be used at Nipomo New Tech (above and below)


International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate

The Foundation for Innovation will help support the transformation of Grover Beach Elementary School to an International Baccalaureate Magnet School.

IB Mission Statement 

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.


To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.  


These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


IB Learner Profile 

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. 

IB learners strive to be:

Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development. Click here for more information on International Baccalaureate

New York Times Article on IB: A Newcomer Makes Good in the Credentials Market 


Lucia Mar YouTube ChannelYou can view videos from our Informative Community Meetings in regards to Nipomo New Tech, the Grover Beach International Baccalaureate Program, and the Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation on our YouTube Channel.