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

Beyond the Crossfire Documentary

Authors: Matt Simon, Nuvia Ruland

Grade: 11th

Subjects: Biology, Humanities

Beyond the Crossfire project photo
Beyond the Crossfire project photo
Beyond the Crossfire project photo
Beyond the Crossfire project photo
Beyond the Crossfire project photo
Beyond the Crossfire project photo
Beyond the Crossfire project photo

Project Details

What can we do to dramatically reduce the amount of violence in our country?

BEYOND THE CROSSFIRE is a documentary film produced by 45 11th grade students from HTHCV. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and losing one of own students to gun violence the 45 students were set on a mission to answer one question: What can we do to dramatically reduce the amount of gun violence in our country? Soon after they embarked in their research and exploration, they quickly realized how polarizing the topic of gun violence is, but how addressing its root causes can make a positive impact in reducing all acts of violence. They strived to write, film and produce an original documentary film that explored how can we prevent and reduce violence in the U.S.

BTC did not focus on gun rights versus gun control because that issue tends to divide people, and HTHCV students were determined to bring people together.

Instead, BTC focuses on common sense reforms to our schools mental health care structures, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness by instead discussing teen brain health, investment in innovative mentorship and after-school programs, and transform juvenile justice program that provide hope for teens.

Our finished documentary film has been screened locally at Otay Ranch AMC Theatre, and the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Those interested can purchase a DVD directly contacting High Tech High Chula Vista director Tim McNamara, or Nuvia Ruland here.

Media Arts Center of San Diego connected students with local filmmakers (thank you Jesse Keller!) who donated their talent and time to teach students filmmaking skills to produce a professional quality documentary. MACSD provided the support for our students to become directors, sound engineers, script writers, film editors, and film crew.

Sean & Kyle Imagine Foundation was establish to pursue Sean & Kyle’s ideals for peace, love, integrity and excellence. The support of this foundation was pivotal in making this project possible. We are grateful for sharing personal stories of Sean to inspire the making of this documentary. To learn more please visit

The Avielle Foundation was establish in honor of Avielle Rose Richman who was murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre on December 14, 2012. The foundation is passionate about preventing violence and building compassion through brain research, community engagement, and education. We are grateful to Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel for opening the doors of their home and sharing the ideals and mission of The Avielle Foundation with us. To learn more please visit  

Quiet Company is an incredible band out of Austin, Texas, who expressed their admiration for what were trying to do and generously agreed to let us use their music on our Kickstarter and our film’s soundtrack.