News & Updates
Welcome to our High Tech High news and information blog. Our goal is to keep you updated about events, activities, and resources. We aim to facilitate a conversation with all HTH K12 families about the amazing work taking place across our charter school network. We want to share the incredible accomplishments of students and teachers as well as highlight resources that will best position HTH families to support their students. Enjoy!
Robotics Teams Take Byte of World Competition
Two High Tech High robotics teams were part of an alliance that won a FIRST Robotics regional competition and went on to compete at the recent international FIRST Championship in Houston. More than 18,000 students from 59 countries competed with team-built robots and showcased innovation skills at the event.
April 26, 2023
FIRST Championship, High Tech High, High Tech High Mesa, robotics
An Impact That Lasts
For almost a decade, the California Innocence Project has had an ongoing collaboration with High Tech High. Since this collaboration began, juniors at HTH have taken on cases provided by the CIP. HTH student Jack Brooks details how this collaboration has impacted students and staff alike.
April 26, 2023
Jack Brooks, HTH student
11th Grade, California Innocence Project, High Tech High
Internship Launch Day Prompts Alumni Reflections
Familiar faces roamed the halls of High Tech High recently as part of Internship Launch Day for 11th-grade students. HTH alumni gave back to their alma mater by taking part in student interviews and workplace presentations. Learn more in this report.
January 27, 2023
Alumni, High Tech High, Internship
Agreement Reached Between Teacher’s Union and HTH
We are excited to announce that HTH has reached a tentative contract agreement with our union partners on our first collective bargaining agreement (CBA or “contract”). The tentative contract goes to ratification by the respective parties in order to take effect.
January 18, 2023
High Tech High
HTH Foundation Launches Annual Giving Campaign
December 19, 2022
High Tech High, HTH Annual Giving Campaign, HTH Foundation
Bargaining Update for Oct. 28, 2022
The strategic priority areas presented by HTEC Leadership Team have been largely met. However, we currently have not been able to agree on two important items. As a result, this may mean that the two parties (HTEC & HTH) might require the additional support of a mediator, a step generally called impasse, in which all previously agreed upon items are up for renegotiation. This is a normal part of the negotiation process.
October 28, 2022
Collaboration, Collective Bargaining, High Tech High
Special Board Update re Bargaining
We are hopeful that the union will provide HTH with a package of proposals on November 1 that will enable us to reach a resolution on a collective bargaining agreement. However, should the union pass a proposal that does not include HTH’s priorities (see blog post), we may need to seek the assistance of a state mediator.
October 24, 2022
Collective Bargaining, High Tech High
Make the Most of Student-Led Conferences
Student-led conferences help families understand what the school values and what learning at the school looks like for their students. We are excited to welcome every family on campus for SLCs over the next couple of weeks.
October 14, 2022
High Tech High, Important Resources, Student-led conferences
HTH and Teachers Move Another Step Closer to Reaching a Complete Collective Bargaining Agreement
Although a completed Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was not reached, HTH is pleased to report that both HTH and HTEC met on June 29, 2022, and passed a substantial package that includes almost every contract item. We’re making significant progress on a range of items.
June 30, 2022
Collaboration, Collective Bargaining
Tijuana and HTH Students Exhibit Co-Created Magazine
“Amistad” was a digital magazine co-created by teenagers separated by a border yet bonded through journalistic pursuits covering art, food, photo essays, music, and more.
June 20, 2022
Collaboration, High Tech High, IMAN, PBL
When Cruising in Class is a Good Thing!
A car show and presentation helped HTH students gain a deeper understanding of local Chicano, San Diego and Mexican car club histories and their influence on popular culture.
June 15, 2022
10th Grade, Collaboration, High Tech High, PBL
HTH Bargaining Update for June
The respective collective bargaining teams for High Tech High (HTH) and High Tech Education Collective (HTEC) met on June 10, 2022, for a full day of bargaining. Although a full Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was not reached, HTH is pleased to report that we passed substantial proposals that are sustainable, competitive, and equitable.
June 13, 2022
Collaboration, Collective Bargaining
HTHCV Seniors are Resilient, Tenacious and College Bound
Malia Ferrer, Claudia Ramirez, and Alejandro Villalvazo, respectively, are three of the 129 seniors in High Tech High Chula Vista’s Class of 2022. It is a noteworthy class, as 121 students submitted 689 applications to 87 colleges. Learn more about Malia, Claudia, and Alejandro here.
May 31, 2022
12th grade, College Enrollment, High Tech High Chula Vista
HTH Bargaining Update for May
HTH is pleased to report that we passed a significant package that includes a revised wages proposal. Starting in July, HTH teachers would receive on average a 10.33% salary increase, reflecting our commitment to compensating our teachers in a sustainable, competitive, and equitable manner.
May 26, 2022
Collaboration, Collective Bargaining, Teachers
Healing power of art reflected in HTHNC freshmen–and their teacher
Ten HTHNC freshmen were selected for the San Diego County Fair Student Showcase, which is the competitive exhibit where teachers in middle schools, high schools, and community colleges enter their students’ work.
May 25, 2022
Art, Collaboration, HTHNC, PBL
High Tech High Mesa’s first graduating class sets bar high for college enrollment
Nearly all of HTHM’s 91 seniors will attend college next year. Parents call the college advising support that their students received at HTHM ‘crucial’ to achieving their college and career goals.
May 16, 2022
High Tech High Bargaining Update for April
HTH continues to work diligently and collaboratively toward a compensation system that is simple, clear, and transparent so that we can continue to deliver on our educational mission.
April 28, 2022
Parents Lift Up Their Voices, and Each Other, at Leadership Summit
They came from nearly every corner of the county. The Leadership Summit for HTH parent leaders was held in-person on March 16, and was the first such interaction among parents from throughout our system since the pandemic.
March 30, 2022
HTH Board Appoints Dr. Lida Rafia as Newest Trustee
Dr. Lida Rafia has been appointed to fill the vacant position on the High Tech High Board of Trustees. Learn more about Dr. Rafia here.
March 24, 2022
HTH Bargaining Update for March 2022
Please view our latest overview of where we are in the collective bargaining process. We remain committed to a collaborative problem-solving approach to reach an agreement.
March 18, 2022
Thinking Outside the (Wooden) Box
HTH students are learning the design process from ideation to fabrication. They are accomplishing this through woodworking. Building a wooden box is a precursor to building wooden furniture.
March 8, 2022
Biology, Collaboration, Humanities, PBL, Projects
Students design their own research study and present to UCSD scientists
This project was conducted as part of UCSD’s CLEAR CAICE program for the research of aerosols, in conjunction with HTHNC.
February 28, 2022
Collaboration, Math, PBL, Projects, Science, Students
HTH Bargaining Update
We want to share an overview of where we are in the collective bargaining process. We are encouraged, but also realize there is still much work to be done. We will be posting updates and frequently asked questions and answers in this space.
February 24, 2022
Student Project Studies Contributions of Indigenous Women, Non-Binary Leaders
The meeting was thanks to “Project 360: Indigenous Guidance,” the semester project of 10th grade humanities and chemistry students at The Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High.
February 2, 2022
Equity, Humanities, Students
HTH Board Appoints Interim CEO
Since becoming interim CEO, Dr. Kaleb Rashad has been spending time with students, teachers, and directors across all 16 HTH campuses. Kaleb has often been accompanied by Chief Learning Officer Janie Griswold, and HTH Board Chair Gary Jacobs.
January 24, 2022
Collaboration, PBL, Students
Drums, Graffiti Art … and College and Career Preparation
Forgive the mixed metaphors if it was music to the ears of Edrick Macalaguim, director of High Tech High Chula Vista, as his students were filling out college applications this winter. Find out why here.
January 4, 2022
Equity, Projects, Students