- Thank you for your interest in applying to High Tech High schools. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. If you missed the deadline and would still like to be considered, please see the waiting pool information below. Admissions for the 2015-2016 school year will open on November 1st, 2014.
High Tech High Admissions
The application for the 2015-2016 school year will be available on our website: www.hightechhigh.org/
Admissions information for the following High Tech High Schools can be found here:
Explorer Elementary Charter School (Kindergarten-5th grade)
High Tech Middle (6th-8th grade)
High Tech Middle Media Arts(6th-8th grade)
The Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High (9th-12th grade)
High Tech High International (9th-12th grade)
High Tech High Media Arts (9th-12th grade)
High Tech Elementary North County (Kindergarten-5th grade)
High Tech Middle North County (6th-8th grade)
High Tech High North County (9th-12th grade)
High Tech Middle Chula Vista (6th-8th grade)
High Tech High Chula Vista (9th-12th grade)
The Admissions Process
High Tech High schools endeavor to accommodate all students who apply for admission; however, because applications for admission exceed the number of spaces available, HTH uses a computerized lottery to determine admission. Spaces are allocated to form a student body that reflects the demographics of the region in which the school is located.
Interested applicants must do the following to apply:
Complete an online application for admission between November 1st and February 28th in order to be entered into the lottery for admission to an HTH school. Once you apply, you will be directed to a confirmation page where you will see a record of what was submitted, please print that page for your records. You will also receive an email confirmation. Please save this confirmation. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please check your SPAM folder. If you do not find the confirmation email there, but you were directed to the confirmation page, the application probably went through, but please log back into your account and check "My Applications" to confirm. Otherwise contact the admissions office for assistance. If you prefer to use a paper application, please visit one of our schools to pick one up.
2. Information Sessions/Open Houses
Middle and High School- Applicants AND at least one parent must attend a mandatory admissions informational meeting per school (a link to the dates can be found on the left side of this page). There is no need to RSVP for these meetings. If your child is accepted for the coming school year, you and your child(ren) will be invited to a special tour/orientation for new parents and children before the beginning of the new school year, typically in early June.
High Tech Elementary Chula Vista and High Tech Elementary North County- PARENTS ONLY are invited to attend an informational meeting. There is no need to RSVP for these meetings. If your child is accepted for the coming school year, you and your child(ren) will be invited to a special tour/orientation for new parents and children before the beginning of the new school year, typically in early June.
Explorer Elementary Charter School Parents who apply to Explorer that currently live within the school district of San Diego, will receive an email in early March with an invitation to Explorer’s one- time Open House which is held before the lottery. If an applicant does not have email, a postcard will be sent. Explorer does not give private tours and the Open House in March will be your only touring opportunity. If after the Open House you decide Explorer is not a good fit for your child, please let us know and we will pull your child’s application before completing the lottery. This is a PARENT ONLY event and we please ask that you leave your child(ren) at home. Your attendance to Explorer’s Open House is not mandatory and no RSVP is required. The Open House will last approximately 1 hour. If your child is accepted for the coming school year, you and your child(ren) will be invited to a special tour/orientation for new parents and children before the beginning of the new school year, typically in August.
3. Submit required proof of eligibility for the National School Lunch Program
If you indicated that you qualified on your application, please send the free/reduced lunch approval letter from your school district (ONLY if applicable). Proof can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org OR faxed to 619-243-5045 Attn: Admissions and must be received before the application deadline in order to be eligible for the statistical advantage in the lottery. Please do one or the other, but please do not send via mail and email and fax. Please DO NOT contact us to confirm receipt of your paperwork. We will contact you if we have not received it. If you do not get a call from us, it means we have received the necessary paperwork from you.
Due to the thousands of applications we receive, High Tech High does not have the capacity to bring applicants into a room to observe the lottery process. A screen capture of the HTH admissions lottery will be available on this website once it has concluded. Applicants will be able to login to their accounts and see their results by early-April. Anyone who is not admitted after the lottery will automatically be entered into the waiting pool. Applicants in the waiting pool will be considered on a rolling basis as spaces become available. If an applicant is not admitted for the academic year they applied for, they will be required to resubmit a new application in order to be considered for the following year.
The best years to apply to an HTH school are grades Kindergarten, 6th and 9th. All other grades are non-transitional years, which means that there will be VERY LIMITED SPACES (if any) available. We will not know how many spaces we will have available until late in the school year or even the fall, but if there are any spaces available please keep in mind that there will be extremely few openings. We will not send notification to families who are not selected because of the extremely few openings we will have. If your child is selected, we will let you know via phone and you will have 24 hours to get back to us.
The online application for the 2014-2015 school year is closed. The lottery will be held in mid-March. All applicants for kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade will be notified in early-April if they have been admitted to one of our schools or if they have been added to the waiting pool. All other grades, please see above. All results will be posted on our website and posted to applicants individual accounts. If you missed the deadline to apply for the current school year and would still like to be considered for a space at an HTH school, you can apply for a second waiting pool starting July 1st, the link will be available on this website.
Important Dates (2015-2016)
Application goes online November 1st, 2014
Informational meetings/Open Houses are in January and February .
Application Deadline: February 28, 2015
Applicants Notified: April 1st, 2015
Deadline to notify HTH of intention to enroll/decline spot: April 20th, 2015.
Visiting the Admissions Office
The Admissions Office accepts visitors during weekly Admissions Office hours on Tuesdays from 9-11am, and Thursdays from 12-2 pm. If you need to see an Admisions Office represenative outside of those office hours, please call or email to make an appointment. If you need to drop off paperwork, we prefer that you email or fax the documents. Because of the number of people who apply and the limited spaces we have available, we know that have many people in the waiting pool who are extremely eager to attend an HTH school. Unfortunately, the Admissions Office cannot meet and discuss applicants who are in the waiting pool. If you have a child in the waiting pool, please know that you will be contacted if your child is selected.
Students who apply and are not admitted are automatically placed in the waiting pool.
The waiting pool is not a sequential list and students are admitted in a manner similar to the lottery, based on zip-code. Spots are filled on a rolling basis whenever a space opens up at one of our schools. We contact the family using the phone number listed on the application if a spot opens up in your zip code and you are randomly selected. Please do not contact the Admissions Office to inquire about the status of a student in the waiting pool. We will contact you if your child is selected. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Explorer Elementary Charter School Explorer’s charter obligates them to honor those applicants who reside within the San Diego Unified School District in their 1st lottery. Those applicants who reside outside the School District of San Diego are part of Explorer’s 2nd lottery if more applications are needed. Explorer siblings receive priority for any spaces available. In addition, High Tech High siblings receive priority in the lottery only if an older sibling is a current, and in good standing, student of a High Tech High school when applying. Please note that sibling priority does not guarantee a space at Explorer; it takes a space to accept a student.
If you missed the deadline to apply for the following school year and would still like to be considered for a space at an HTH school, you can apply for a second waiting pool after the deadline, but that second pool is also now closed. Please contact the admissions office if you would like additional information. Second waiting pool applicants will not be considered for any spaces until all applicants from the first waiting pool have been exausted. Again, please do not contact the Admissions Office to inquire about the status of a student in the second waiting pool. We will contact you if your child is selected.
A child must turn 5 years old before September 1st for the 2015-16 school year and each school year thereafter. (EC Section 48000[a]). We do not make exceptions to this rule.
Siblings of students who are currently enrolled do not have a guaranteed admission, but they are given a preference. This preference is based on zip code. Sibling applicants are given a preference when applying to a school in the same village as their sibling. There is no sibling preference for two siblings who apply at the same time or from one village to the other. This preference only applies to siblings, not relatives.
Because charter schools have the option to participate in Transitional Kindergarten, High Tech High schools and Explorer Elementary have chosen not to participate in the Transitional Kindergarten program and will only accept those Kindergarten applicants who are 5 years old before September 1st. No exceptions will be made.
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For additional questions, please click here for our FAQ, email email@example.com or call (619) 796-4HTH (4484). Please reference the applicants first and last name in your communication. Please either call OR email. It is not necessary to do both. We appreciate your patience.
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