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

Banned Books

Authors: Samantha Heller, Jennifer Howard

Grade: 10th

Subject: Humanities

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Through their reading and research, students will explore the following questions:

  1. Where, when, and why was this book banned?

  2. To what extent should this book be censored for certain audiences?

  3. What is the importance of this book for high school students?


In this project, students selected a book to read independently that has been banned at some point in the past. By reading these books and conducting research, students explored the role of censorship in our society. Our 10th graders joined high schoolers all around the country in recognizing Banned Books week. This annual event was established in 1982 by the American Library Association. Banned Books Week is an awareness campaign that aims to recognize and open dialogues around the freedom to read.

“Honestly, I really enjoyed this project. It was really fun, I learned a lot and got in a lot more reading than I’d normally read in that amount of time. I had fun making the video and the whole project was not very stressful as long as I stayed on top of my work. In the past, we’ve had projects that were very stressful with not much content being learned. This project directly contrasts to those types of projects. We learned a lot and weren’t stressed as opposed to learning very little while being stressed for no reason.

This project was pretty easy-going to me. The most difficult thing really was just finding the time to read the book I had chosen. At the time I am writing this reflection, I have yet to finish the last four chapters of my 597 page book. However, I do feel like I was motivated to read my book swiftly to sooner arrive at the end. The work was not terribly large by any means. It was straight-forward with small, achievable goals. I really enjoyed this project, because it generally was relaxed, even though we did have actual measurable work to do.” – Diego

“As someone who really loves to read I actually really enjoyed getting to do a project based on reading. Along with that I had a lot of thoughts and opinion about the book so doing the banned book journals was actually a really nice way to get my thoughts out.

I think the easiest part of this project was the reading aspect. I really enjoy reading and I especially enjoy getting to read material of my choosing… As a fan of classic literature I really enjoyed getting to read Call of the Wild and White Fang.” -Chloe

“During the Banned Book Project, I chose to read Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger because I had heard many opinions about the novel and how unique and different it is from many other classic novels. In the Banned Book project, an aspect that I found to be challenging was composing a video of myself reading the book. This pushed me to get outside of my comfort zone and practice my camera skills, memorizing, reciting important pieces of information from the novel. It was difficult for me to work on camera, but I feel like in the end, I was able to end up with a final video that I was proud of. I feel that being able to work through the difficulty of creating this major piece of the project has allowed me to work on a skill I hope to better in the future.” – Sophia

“In this project we researched about banned/challenged books in the US, we researched about where and why certain books were banned. We had to choose a banned book, read it, write journal entries about some of the book passages and make a video about its contents in the book as well as making/bringing food for a potluck/book club event at the end of the month. The book I chose was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a book about a reluctant “hero” in a magical world and it was banned/challenged in Massachusetts by religious groups because they thought it glorified witchcraft, set bad examples, and was too dark for schoolchildren.

It was probably a bit more mature than the first four of its series, but I really like and dislike how much emotion it got me to feel. It was more relatable than I first thought, even though it’s a fictional world with magic and make-believe characters. I loved the opportunity to read it for the project as well as make a treat from it as well as write about it.” – Elizabeth