High Tech High

COVID-19 Information

Dear High Tech High Families,

In a previous email we outlined HTH's plan for implementing distance learning in the event we did not reopen schools on April 7th.  San Diego Unified School District released a press release last night, indicating that they will not be returning on April 6th and will be implementing distance learning for all of their schools through the month of April.  We have officially decided that we follow suit and will not return for in person instruction on April 7th.

When HTH teachers return on April 6th, they will spend that week designing and piloting plans for distance learning.  We will be reaching out for your thoughts and feedback as we do this work.

We will roll out our approach to distance learning the week of April 13th and you will receive detailed information from your child’s teachers about what to expect going forward.  We are asking teachers to plan for their first distance learning module from April 13th - May 8th. Our hope is that by that time, we may be able to return to school, but if that is not the case, we will begin a second module that will run until the end of the year.

Leaders and teachers from across High Tech High have been working to design a framework for distance learning at our schools and create the infrastructure necessary to support that plan.  We’ll continue to engage in this work over spring break using your input regarding your technology access to help us craft an approach tailored to our community’s needs.

If your family currently does not have reliable internet access, please see the options that local internet companies are offering as families try to stay informed.  Getting Internet Access: Available Plans https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp

Thank you for your patience and support. 




Estimadas HTH familias,

En un correo electrónico anterior, describimos el plan de HTH para implementar el aprendizaje a distancia en caso de que no volviéramos a abrir las escuelas el 7 de abril. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Diego lanzó un comunicado de prensa anoche, indicando que no regresarán el 6 de abril y que implementarán el aprendizaje a distancia para todas sus escuelas durante el mes de abril. Hemos decidido oficialmente que hacemos lo mismo y no volveremos para recibir instrucción en persona el 7 de abril.

Cuando los maestros de HTH regresan el 6 de abril, pasarán esa semana diseñando y poniendo a prueba planes para el aprendizaje a distancia. Nos pondremos en contacto para solicitar sus pensamientos y comentarios mientras hacemos este trabajo.

Implementaremos nuestro enfoque de la educación a distancia la semana del 13 de abril y su familia recibirá información detallada de los maestros de su hijo/a sobre qué esperar en el futuro. Estamos pidiendo a los maestros que planifiquen su primer módulo de aprendizaje a distancia para el 13 de abril al 8 de mayo. Nuestra esperanza es que para ese momento, podamos regresar a la escuela, pero si ese no es el caso, comenzaremos un segundo módulo que se ejecutará hasta el final del año escolar.

Los líderes y maestros de High Tech High han estado trabajando para diseñar un marco de referencia para el aprendizaje a distancia en nuestras escuelas y crear la infraestructura necesaria para apoyar ese plan. Continuaremos participando en este trabajo durante las vacaciones de primavera, utilizando su aportación con respecto a su acceso a la tecnología para ayudarnos a diseñar un enfoque adaptado a las necesidades de nuestra comunidad.

Si su familia actualmente no tiene acceso confiable a internet, vea las opciones que las compañías locales de internet ofrecen mientras las familias intentan mantenerse informadas. Obtención de acceso a Internet: planes disponibles https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp

Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo.

Please visit our COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Updates page for all developments. - updated March 24, 2020
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Welcome, Alumni!

The HTH Alumni Association’s mission is to connect alumni from every High Tech High school to their alma mater, invite graduates back to campus for events like reunions, graduation and Exhibition, and to share guest-speaking, mentor, and employment opportunities with alumni. Please update your contact information here and we’ll make sure you’re in the know; Read on to learn about what some alums are up to, check-out the Alumni Magazine Vol. 2 featuring members of the Class of 2004, and to see recent job and internship postings.

Alumni Spotlights

Connecting with graduates, updating alums about school events and staff members, and sharing invitations to campus events are some of the goals of the HTH Alumni Association. To start, we will feature alumni stories on this page and we invite graduates from any year to submit their story to alumni@hightechhigh.org.


Abel Levin, Class of 2003
(the very first graduating class of High Tech High!)

Current Career: Principal Engineer at Wyle Laboratories.

“Before coming to High Tech High, there are very few people who would have thought I would end up where I am today. After finishing my B.S. in Energy (CRS) at UC Berkeley and my Masters in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at George Washington University I have been working with the U.S. Department of Energy, New West Technologies, and finally Wyle Laboratories as Principal Engineer of their Energy Program. It was High Tech High that completely changed my relationship with academics. Throughout elementary and middle school I had been doing very poorly and I had nearly failed my freshman year at La Jolla High. The teachers were frustrated and convinced I was choosing not to pay attention – to be stubborn or rebellious. I was testing very well in all placement exams but had serious Attention Deficit Disorder, on top of being unmotivated. So I would sit in the back of class and read on my own. When the opportunity arose to join the first class of High Tech High in 10th Grade, I took it. My passion had always been science and technology, but HTH quickly showed me the direct connection between the fields I was interested in and my education by integrating the technology into my daily work. I went from C’s and D’s to straight A’s. HTH helped me get into UC Berkeley, where I immediately utilized my experience with digital presentations, photoshop, and web design as well as all of my research and study strategies. Of course, I’ve since built on those fundamentals, but until HTH I had not even thought of acquiring these skills. The applicability of these skills continued through college and into my career. For example, I used my experience learning 3D animation with MAYA software to design 3D models for a wind turbines at my first job. It also gave me an advantage in my college internships/fellowships/jobs as I had more internships and hands on experience under my belt when I began undergraduate school than most people had when finishing graduate school. People who are helped by individuals or institutions to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest should show gratitude. I am extremely grateful to High Tech High for the opportunities I was given and hope that HTH continues to provide such opportunities for people like me.”

Marissa-SouthPole_800Marissa Goerke, Class of 2010

Current Career: Engineering and Science Support Associate at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

“After graduating from HTH in 2010, I went to Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. I majored in Mechanical Engineering and minored in Electrical and Computer Engineering. WPI has a very project heavy curriculum, including a large junior year and senior year project as graduation requirements. I applied to complete both these projects abroad. My junior year I worked with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia at a small remote research station in the Namib Desert for two months. In a four person group, we instated a recycling program, made the station orientation video, completed water quality analysis, and made recommendations for trickle filter maintenance based off that analysis. For my senior year project I worked with Caterpillar Inc.(China) and a partner in Shanghai for two months. We worked with Caterpillar engineers and management to design a rear protection device for an underground mining customer in Kazakhstan. The reports for both these projects are published online. Immediately after graduating WPI with high distinction I interned with a cellphone solar charging start-up company called Sol Power in Boston as a full-time employee doing mechanical, electrical, marketing and sales work for almost three months. I am now working for Lockheed Martin, under the Antarctic Support Contract, as an Engineering and Science Support Associate at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station running nine different space weather experiments for the next year.