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Thank you for your interest in applying to High Tech High schools. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Admissions for the 2017-2018 school year will open on November 1, 2016. 

High Tech High Admissions 


Open enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year is now closed, we have a second waiting pool available, but applicants who missed our first deadline will not be considered unless or until all of the applicants from our first open enrollment have been admitted. Please email after-deadline applications to admissions@hightechhigh.org.

For information about admissions for the 2017-2018 school year and our schools, please visit www.hightechhigh.org after November 1, 2016. 


This page offers admissions information for the following High Tech High Schools:
Point Loma Campus (Kindergarten-12th grade)

High Tech Elementary Explorer (Kindergarten-5th grade)
High Tech Elementary (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)

North County Campus (Kindergarten- 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)

Chula Vista Campus (Kindergarten-12th grade)
High Tech Elementary Chula Vista (Kindergarten-5th 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.  

Important Dates (2016-2017)
Application goes online November 1, 2015

Informational meetings/Open Houses are in January, February  and March.  
Application Deadline: February 28, 2016
Applicants Notified: April, 2016
Deadline to notify HTH of intention to enroll/decline spot: April 29, 2016. 

Interested applicants must do the following to apply:

1. Application
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. If you have questions regarding your application please email the Admissions Office at admissions@hightechhigh.org
2. Information Sessions/Open Houses         
Middle and High School- We offer admissions informational meetings on various dates. There is no need to RSVP for these meetings and they are not mandatory.  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.
Elementary School We offer admissions informational meetings for Parents only. There is no need to RSVP for these meetings and they are not mandatory. 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.    

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 admissions@hightechhigh.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. 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. If you submit it via email, you will receive a confirmation email. 

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 mid-April. In order to secure his or her space, admitted students need to log in to the admissions account here and complete additional steps before the April,2016 deadline (2016-2017 school year).  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.

Spaces Available
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.



Visiting the Admissions Office
If you need to see an Admissions Office representative, please call (619) 796-4484 or email admissions@hightechhigh.org to make an appointment. If you want to submit school documents, please upload them to your School Mint account or take them directly to the school to which you were accepted.  
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.


Waiting Pool
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.

Kindergarten Applicants

A child must turn 5 years old on or before September 1st for the 2016-17 school year and each school year thereafter. (EC Section 48000[a]). We do not make exceptions to this rule.

Sibling Preference
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. 

Transitional Kindergarten
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 on or before September 1st.  No exceptions will be made. 

College Information
For HTH college information you can visit our Family Connection page and sign in as a guest with "hth" (must be lowercase) as the password.
School Profiles (pdf): HTH | HTHI | HTHMA | HTHNC | HTHCV
Additional Questions
For additional questions, please click here for our FAQ, email admissions@hightechhigh.org 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.
If you would like to schedule an information session for your school or community organization, you can contact the Admissions Office at 619-796-4484.
Phone: 619-796-4484
Email: admissions@hightechhigh.org
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