Common Principles for Uncommon Schools

High Tech Middle North County

High Tech Middle North County Contact Information:

1460 W. San Marcos Blvd, 1460 W San Marcos Blvd
San Marcos, CA 92078

Phone: 760-759-2750

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High Tech Middle North County is proud to serve our community and offer a rigorous, project-based approach to learning. At HTMNC, our curriculum is based on the HTH design principles of common intellectual mission, adult world connection, and personalization. Teachers, as curriculum designers, strive to create innovative project-based learning experiences that will engage our diverse group of students in complex, authentic projects through which they will develop and apply skills and knowledge. Our classrooms are fully inclusive, as we work to help all students to reach their potential.

We serve approximately 335 students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. All of our students participate in a yearly Exhibition Night, where their work is on display for the community, and they conduct Presentations of Learning at the end of each semester to demonstrate their understanding and growth. Each student also has a designated faculty advisor who offers academic, emotional, and social support through the three-year middle school journey. Students in all grades are on teaching teams that include Humanities and Integrated Math/Science for the full school year, and take semester-long exploratory classes in Digital Art, Performing Arts, and MakerSpace.

Our 2016 Essential Question:

How do we design (co-design) projects that empower our students to make meaningful contributions to making our community and world more equitable?

How do we equitably foster, measure, and communicate growth in and love of authentic literacy, mathematical reasoning, and students’ own passions?

How do we best support our growing English Learner population and our struggling readers?

How do we leverage POLs and grading practices as a structure to help us move forward?

How do we strengthen all students’ sense of belonging in our community and pride in their work?
How do we leverage restorative practices to support all our students?
How do we engage all families in connecting with our school?
How do we celebrate and leverage our diverse community through meaningful learning?
How do we leverage POLs, SLCs, and grading practices to help us move forward?

Our Competencies and Strengths:

Strong collaborative relationships among staff, among students, and between staff and students

Emphasis on creating authentic and beautiful work that has value in the world

Drive continuously grow and systematically improve in our work as an equity project