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


Author: Mackenzie King

Grade: 11th

Subject: Humanities

HTHCV students presenting XONR8 project
HTHCV students in XONR8 project
HTHCV students presenting XONR8 project
HTHCV students presenting XONR8 project

Project Details

Was English jurist, Sir William Blackstone, correct when he said it is, “…better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer?”

How reliable are the types of evidence used when supporting a legal argument?

How does one formulate and support an argument with evidence?

Why are people wrongfully convicted? Who is wrongfully convicted? Why is it difficult to exonerate the wrongfully convicted?

Is the U.S. criminal justice system just?


In the United States, we live in a society governed by laws. When an individual breaks those laws the criminal justice system steps in to investigate the crime and potentially prosecute the individual who committed the crime. But sometimes, people who get convicted of crimes claim they are innocent. When they need legal counsel to navigate the justice system after being imprisoned, convicted persons contact The Innocence Project, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of persons who do not have the resources to pursue long, expensive court battles to prove innocence. HTHCV XONR8 is a projects that allows students to explore this system and learn about its strengths, weaknesses, and the scope of its power. The content focus of this project is the history and process of law.

For this project, we are extremely lucky to partner with the California Innocence Project in addition to many other professionals working within the justice system in our community:

  • Instructors from the Southwestern College Police Academy
  • The San Diego District Attorney’s Office
  • Chula Vista Police Department – Forensics
  • North County Public Defender’s Office
  • The American Civil Liberties Union
  • Judges, attorneys, and law enforcement from a variety of departments
  • Individuals who have been exonerated after wrongful conviction
  • Part I —Legal Arguments – we will work with the CIP who will assign students actual applications from currently incarcerated inmates who are claiming they have been wrongfully convicted. In groups, students will examine their individual cases and write up a case memo recommending whether or not CIP should take on the case. They will then present their argument to a panel of CIP staff members and law students at the California Western School of Law (CWSL) in downtown San Diego.
    • Dates: September 5 – November 1
    • Deliverable: Case Memo & Legal Presentation
    • Exhibition: November 1 at the CWSL (tentative, awaiting confirmation)
  • Part II Stories of the Justice System – students will interview an individual of their choice connected to the justice system. Students will tell the individual’s story through a short vignette that will be displayed alongside a photograph of the interview subject (and/or a photograph of the work they do, the organization they work for, etc.). Students will exhibit their work at HTHCV in December that will include student panels, exonerees, staff of the CIP, as well as interview subjects to share their work with the community.
    • Dates: November 2 – December 7
    • Deliverable: Interview, vignette, photograph
    • Exhibition: December 7 at HTHCV (tentative on date of all-school exhibition)