High Tech High

High Tech High's greatest achievement has been to create and sustain a learning environment that prepares a diverse group of students for post-secondary success. Much of this achievement is due to the HTH design, with its emphasis on creating the conditions where students and teachers can work and learn effectively. The school's personalized, hands-on approach to learning, along with its emphasis on connecting to the adult world through internships, has afforded traditionally underserved students access to college and other post-secondary options. Teachers are positioned for success, too, working in teams that deal with the same cohort of students. They come to school an hour before the students each day to plan, discuss student work, and engage in professional development activities.

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Here, in summary, are some of High Tech High’s achievements to date:

  • 98% of HTH's graduates have gone on to college, with approximately 75% attending four-year programs such as Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Harvard University, Olin College, Howard University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles, New York University, Northwestern University, California State University and University of California campuses.
  • 86% of High Tech graduates are either still in or have graduated from college (the national rate is about 59%).
  • About 35% of HTH graduates are first-generation college students.
  • Over 30% of HTH alumni enter math or science fields (vs. 17% national rate).
  • HTH’s African-American students outperform district and statewide peers by a wide margin vis-à-vis test scores, percentage who take chemistry, physics, and advanced math (100%), and college entry (100%).
  • Through the Academic Internship Program, HTH students have completed more than 1000 internships in over 300 community businesses and agencies, including the SPAWAR Systems Center, Qualcomm, FOX 6 News, San Diego Magazine, General Atomics, The San Diego Oceans Foundation, The San Diego Children's Museum and the VA Hospital.
  • HTH is the first California public school organization authorized to operate its own teacher-credentialing program. This program, a collaboration with the University of San Diego, allows HTH to hire, train and certify faculty with deep content knowledge and relevant industry experience, especially in science and engineering.
  • HTH facilities have received numerous design awards: a “2001 Educational Design Excellence Award” from the American School & University Architectural Portfolio, prestigious Honor Awards in the 2002, 2003 and 2005 Design Share Competitions respectively, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal 2005 award for "Redevelopment Public Project of the Year.
  • HTH has partnered with the University of California, Santa Cruz New Teacher Center and the University of San Diego to offer a Beginning Support and Assessment (BTSA) Induction Program to support new teachers.
  • HTH was the first charter management organization to be awarded a California Statewide Benefit Charter and opened its first two statewide benefit charter schools, HTH Chula Vista and HTH North County in the fall of 2007.
  • HTH opened its Graduate School of Education in 2007, the first graduate school of education to open in California in over 20 years and the only one located within a K-12 learning community. The HTH GSE awards Master's in Teacher Leadership and School Leadership to both HTH employees and outside educators.


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