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

Our Community, Our Stories

Authors: Emily Carter, Chris Baughman

Grade: 6th

Subjects: Humanities, Math, Multimedia, Science

Student ideas written on window
Students working at computers
Students writing by the ocean
Students writing in class

How have my stories defined me? How has my neighborhood taken shape over the years? How can we use statistics to understand a community?

Students looked at two key aspects in this project- “Our Communities” and “Our Stories.” Within looking at “Our Stories,” students examined themselves, their lives, and their own personal stories. Through this self-reflection, and reading the novel Bud, Not Buddy, students produced a personal narrative writing highlighting one of the most significant moments of their life. In examining “Our Communities,” students looked at the history of their neighborhood and/or key neighborhood landmarks. Through a partnership with the organization Outside the Lens students learned basic photography and created a final art piece that represented their neighborhood. Students also designed surveys and collected and analyzed data in order to understand our community mathematically



8 weeks

I can…

  • Utilize pre-reading strategies of examining text patterns, reading excerpts, and visuals to determine genre and plot/ purpose.


  • While reading fiction, visualize, question, connect, infer, identify meaning and impact of vocabulary, identify character’s point of view and journey, and predict to understand the narrative.


  • While reading non-fiction, identify main ideas and/ or claim and the details or evidence used to support.


  • Cite textual evidence post reading to draw comparison, determine the theme or purpose, and to support analysis of explicit text and inferences drawn from text.


  • Have great ideas by understanding my message and audience, and brainstorming and planning accordingly.


  • Organize and create a strong flow to my writing by using strong hooks, conclusions, transitions, and proper arrangement of episodes or information.


  • Bring the beauty through word choice, voice, and language techniques to increase the reader’s enjoyment.


  • Create a writing that is ready for publication by ensuring my conventions of writing (grammar, spelling, paragraphing, punctuation, and capitalization) demonstrate command of the English language.


  • Write informative text to examine a topic and convey ideas and/ or information.


  • Write narratives to convey real or imagined experiences.


  • Find and use the measures of center (mean, median, mode, & range) to describe a data sets’ center, spread, and overall shape.


  • Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and boxplots.


  • Make sense of problems by knowing what a problem is asking and figuring out a plan on where to start.


  • Persevere in solving problems by trying different strategies and seeking help from peers and teachers.


  • Use critique to improve my work.


  • Use revision strategies so that I know my final draft is my best work.


  • Complete quality work on time.


  • Consistently use strategies (my own notes, participating and focusing in class, emailing my teachers, attending morning tutoring, etc.) so that I am responsible for my own learning.
  • Neighborhood Art Piece: A blend of photography and writing that represents the student and their neighborhood.
  • Digital Magazine: A digital magazine using LucidPress that will include their artistic statement, personal narrative, neighborhood writing, visual display of class data, and photography.

    Cayden's art piece: You should always cherish good moments because you don't know when they will end Jacqueline's art piece: Always keep your head up. Andrew's art piece: Push hard, but know your limits. Jacob's Art piece: You could get a million dollars but it is not the money that makes a life time memory, it is what you do with it.

This is a great project to get students connecting as a community of learners. They are eager to share their research about their own neighborhoods and use photography to be creative with representing their neighborhood too!

I was surprised to learn about the history of my neighborhood. Sometimes you don’t think about where you live but it was interesting to see what the past was like. I couldn’t believe that my photograph was hung in an art gallery!