High Tech High
How do I know if I qualify for free or reduced lunch?

Below are the USDA Eligibility Guidelines.  Please use them to determine if your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch.

Income Eligibility Guidelines
July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

$ 21,978

$ 1,832

$   916

$   846

$  423

2

29,637

2,470

1,235

1,140

570

3

37,296

3,108

1,554

1,435

718

4

44,955

3,747

1,874

1,730

865

5

52,614

4,385

2,193

2,024

1,012

6

60,273

5,023

2,512

2,319

1,160

7

67,951

5,663

2,832

2,614

1,307

8

75,647

6,304

3,152

2,910

1,455

For each additional family member, add:

$  7,696

$    642

$    321

$   296

$   148

  • Household is synonymous with family and means a group of related or unrelated individuals who are not residents of an institution or boarding house, but who are living as one economic unit sharing housing and all significant income and expenses. This scale does not apply to households that receive CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits, or children who are recipients of California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Program (CalWORKs). Those children are automatically eligible for free meal benefits.

If so, you must complete an application for free or reduced price lunches in order to receive benefits.  You can get an application at the front desk of your school, turn it in there and it will be processed.  You will receive a letter in the mail advising you of your family’s eligibility shortly after.  If you do not receive a letter advising you of your eligibility, please email lunch@hightechhigh.org.
Where can I get an application for the free or reduced lunch program? You can get an application at your school’s front desk or you can apply online. Find links on the HTH Lunch website.
What is the lunch that is served at High Tech High schools? Lunch will be provided by the following for each district.
Point Loma: San Diego Unified
Chula Vista: Top Notch Catering
North County: Top Notch Catering
How can I place an order for school lunch? We do not currently have the capability to pre-order lunches.  Lunches will be available to all interested students on a first come, first served basis.
What does my child have to do to get lunch on the first day of school
or for the first time?
Every enrolled student at an HTH school is given a lunch account.  If your child starts mid-year, it may take a few days for them to get into our system, but they can still eat lunch. All that students need to do on the first day they eat lunch is to join the lunch line and take a lunch. When they reach the cashier, they need to state their first and last name or student lunch pin number, which the cashier will use to enter their meal.  Then, the student can pay with cash in the line.
What options are there for students with allergies or special dietary needs? Our program has various options for students with different needs and tastes.  There are no special meals for students with dietary restrictions, but there is usually an option available that will meet their needs.
How do I pay for lunches? Each Village has its own payment methods:POINT LOMA Lunch Payment

  • Parents can give their student’s lunch payment to the Site Manager in an envelope with their student’s name, grade and amount in the envelope.
  • Students may pay for lunch in the lunch line.
  • Parents can also make a lunch payment with a check made out to High Tech High and mail the payment to:
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2861 Womble Road
San Diego, CA 92106

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CHULA VISTA Lunch Payment

There are three ways to pay for lunches:
  • Parents can pre-pay for lunches by visiting www.mymealtime.com to pay with a credit card
  • Parents can pay by check by mail to the school ATTN: Lunch Program Payments
  • Or students can pay with cash in the lunch line.

NORTH COUNTY Lunch Payment

There are three ways to pay for lunches:
  • Parents can pre-pay for lunches by visiting www.mymealtime.com to pay with a credit card
  • Parents can pay by check by mail to the school ATTN: Lunch Program Payments
  • Or students can pay with cash in the lunch line.

Checks should be made payable to High Tech High.

Where can I find my student’s lunch pin? Your child’s lunch pin is only given out by the lunch staff.  Students can ask for their pins in the lunch line.
What are the breakfast/lunch schedules? Point Loma:
Breakfast is served from 8am-9am.
Lunch is served based on the schools’ schedule from 11:40am-1pm