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

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

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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Student Projects

Through My Eyes: Photography and Literacy

Authors: Shayna Cribbs, Brooke Newman

Grade: 3rd

Subjects: Art, Graphic Design, Humanities, Science

Photos arranged on the floor
Child standing in front of blue wall
Photo of hands
Pieces of me exhibition
Boy holding fist
Children writing about their photos
sky with clouds and tree branch

Third Grade students undertook a year-long study of photography, integrating science, literacy, writing, social studies, and art. The study culminates in an exhibit for parents, other students and community members. Through My Eyes began and continues to flourish with the support and guidance of Outside the Lens (, a local community arts non-profit.

One of our projects was a color book. The kids were earning about elements of design in photography, including color, pattern, vantage point, light, framing, etc. Each child chose a color, and then we took a neighborhood walk, in which they took photos of that color. They also looked for the other elements of design that we had studied.

For the writing part of the book, the children brainstormed images related to the five sense that were suggested by their color, i.e. PINK: lemonade on a hot day. Part of the idea was to encourage them to come up with vivid details. These brainstorms then became the material for poems or prose about their color, which went into an accordion book of photos and writing.


The impact of this year-long study is best described in the words of our third graders:

“This exhibit shows you what we love about ourselves. We are all unique and have different thoughts. In this exhibit, you will see photographs and writings. We want you to see that writing isn’t just a story, it is life. This project took a lot of hard work, and all


This project educates children about environmental issues while instilling an appreciation and passion for nature and the earth. Students study famous nature photographers; explore nature in San Diego; and capture it on film. Last year our students also studied nature haiku poems and wrote haikus inspired by their nature photographs.

Students explore the idea of identity through writing and photographing the “best part” of themselves. They learn to act as an art director, designing and setting up a self-portrait, which is taken by another student.



This year-long cultural exchange promotes global understanding through photography and writing. Students from Explorer Elementary first learn about Africa, then share letters, poetry, and photography with children from the Tunahaki Foundation orphanage in Tanzania


Students examine their beliefs, customs, and the familiar practice of their families. Through the use of poetry and photography, students combine family memories to create a story about their lives.

After studying legends from many cultures, students create their own legend about an animal from the San Diego Zoo, using the techniques of photojournalism: lead photo, environmental shot, interaction shot, close up, long shot and direct view as a photojournalist does. Students are also responsible for gathering information about the origin/habitat of plants and animals to aid them in writing their legend.