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High Tech High International

High Tech High International Contact Information:

2855 Farragut Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106

Phone: 619.398.4900

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We are a public, non profit charter school dedicated to a progressive, project-based approach to education. 100% of students complete academic internships and 99% of graduates are admitted to a two or four year university.


High Tech High teachers practice a learner-centered, inclusive approach that supports and

challenges each student. Students pursue their passions through projects, and reflect on

their learning. Recognizing that identity development and personal growth occur in the

context of community, our schools foster relationships of trust, caring, and mutual respect

among students and adults through program design elements such as small school size,

small classes, home visits, advisories, and student collaborative work.

Authentic Work

High Tech High school projects integrate hands and minds and incorporate inquiry across

multiple disciplines, leading to the creation of meaningful and beautiful work. Students

engage in work that matters to them, to their teachers, and to the world outside of school.

Students connect their studies to the world through fieldwork, community service,

internships, and consultation with outside experts. Our facilities are collaborative

workplaces with small-group learning and project areas, relevant technology, and common

spaces where artwork, prototypes, and other artifacts of student thinking are created and


Collaborative Design

High Tech High teachers collaborate to design curriculum and projects, lead professional

development, and participate in hiring, while seeking student experience and voice in each

of these areas. With students as design partners, staff function as reflective practitioners,

conducting inquiry into equitable teaching and learning, school culture, project design, and

authentic assessment. HTH’s focus on equity and integration drives a continuing

reexamination of structure and practice. We are all still learning.

Our Competencies and Strengths:

High Tech High is an equity project. Teachers work actively to address inequities and help

students reach their full potential. Our schools are intentionally diverse and integrated,

enrolling students through a zip code-based lottery aimed at creating schools that are

reflective of the communities we serve. Teachers recognize the value of having students

from different backgrounds working together, and employ a variety of approaches to

accommodate diverse learners without academic tracking. All High Tech High graduates

complete the requirements for acceptance into the California public university system.