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

Call Sign Courage

Authors: Kelly Jacob, Chris Olivas, Max Cady

Grade: 8th

Subjects: Digital Arts, Humanities, Math, Science

How can we capture stories that can continue to inspire others?

How can we celebrate 100 years of the “Golden Wings”

How can we encourage more diversity in the field of aviation?

What can we learn from the collective human experience about callings and courage?

How can we apply Newton’s Laws of motion to engineering challenges?

How have scientists been innovating aviation since the early 1900s?

How does light work and how do we capture it to make sense of the Universe?


In this project, students will capture the stories of Naval aviators in a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the “Wings of Gold”insignia awarded to aviators. Students will interview current and former aviators from 3 branches of the US Military (The Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corp) and explore their unique and courageous experiences.

  • Pairs of student will be partnered with a current or former aviator from the US Military (Navy, Coast Guard, or Marine Corp).
  • Students will conduct an in-person interview with the goal of capturing his/her experience and memories as they relate to aviation experiences, their calling to serve, and their unique call signs.
  • Students will transcribe and archive their interview recordings as a digital keepsake.
  • Students will photograph their participants and create a keepsake poster for each participant consisting of their portrait and a memorable quote from the interview.
  • Students will create photo light stencils of images in San Diego, aboard the Midway, skyline, etc.

Students will design, build, and test a glider car to be entered in the SD Air & Space Museum Fly Your Ride competition

  • 15 former US Navy
  • 5 former Coast Guard or Marine Corp
  • 5 current US Navy
  • 5 current Coast Guard or Marine Corp

Work will begin in October and conclude in November, with an exhibition on board the USS Midway (Dec. 7th, 2016)


Humanities Math/Science

–       Students will read Unbroken

–       Learn digital photography skills

–       Begin interview preparations

–       Begin to interview participants and archive stories


–       Learn about Newton’s Laws & the Physics of Flight

–       Research and Design potential glider car

–       Build, Test, and Revise Glider Car

–       Learn how light and cameras work


–       Students will continue to interview participants

–       Take photographs

–       Create “pull quotes”

–       Create light stencil photography

–       Write New York Times style biographical pieces


–       Create stencil light photography

–       Learn about the structure of the universe

–       Astrophotography and Calendar creation


–       Exhibition on USS Midway!!!



–       Finalize astrophotography calendar with collaborating South Africa School

–       Exhibit work and Test Fly your Ride glider cars

Though the project centered around aviators, the heart of the project was looking at human experiences and the importance of telling and archiving stories. The students and aviators each created lasting impressions on each other, and having an authentic audience drove students to produce high quality portraits and stories that not only they were proud of, but the aviators were equally proud to stand next to.

It was also a true collaboration between the subject areas and allowed students to use and transfer the skills they learned in each class. We were proud of the growth mindset that students adopted in order to plan, design, build, test, and revise their vehicles for the competition at exhibition. This was a great project to apply NGSS 3 dimensional learning.

“This project pushed me academically by teaching me grit and how to use it to push my learning. My partner and I had originally made our flying vehicle thinking it was going to work with no problem, but we were wrong. We used our original vehicle to look at the flaws and how to improve it. Then we made a second, third, and fourth draft, each time looking through every flaw. We managed to eventually make a working vehicle and were both proud that we had grit and kept working on it until we got it right.”  – Canon

“I came out of this project with a different perspective on the people that serve our country. I saw war through their eyes, and it really made me appreciate everything that they do for our country. The project taught me not only about math, science, and reading and writing skills, but how to deal with people, collaborate, and appreciate what people do every day.” – Dani