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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District Intern Program

  • Two-year program
  • Project-based pedagogy
  • Mentoring support
  • Weekly evening classes
  • Successful completion results in a California Preliminary Teaching Credential

The High Tech High District Intern Program is authorized by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to credential teachers while they are employed as the teacher of record and simultaneously enrolled in program coursework aligned to the California Teaching Performance Expectations. Our program is job-embedded in K-12 public education, non-degree. Upon completion, participants obtain a California Preliminary Teaching Credential.

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  • Info Sessions

    Join our virtual info session:

    Monday, April 6th (4 to 4:45 pm) for a live Zoom meeting:

    Please RSVP here: Click here

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible to enroll in the HTH District Intern Program, an applicant must have both a) qualifying employment and b) completed prerequisites (see checklist) by June 5th

    • Employment  | Employed, or offered employment, as the teacher of record, 50% or more time, in a K-12 public school environment within San Diego County. Download the Employment Verification Form and return it to the email provided. Verification of employment is required prior to receiving an application packet.
    • MOU  |  If employed at a school outside of HTH Charter, then HTH credentialing will seek to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining roles and responsibilities for Intern support.
    • Prerequisites | Completion of all prerequisites (see checklist).
  • Enrollment

    Enrollment window: February - June 5, 2020

    Granted if all prerequisites are completed and uploaded with the online application by June 5th. The Credential Analyst will verify documentation and then enroll the candidate in their respective online summer courses that begin mid-June. Questions, email:

  • Prerequisite Coursework (Summer 2020)

    Intern participants are required to have 120 hours of instruction prior to the start of the school year. This instruction includes foundational preparation in general pedagogy prior to the start of the program of study. Completion of prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission into the Intern program. Teachers take two, six-week, courses that run concurrently.

    Dates: June 15 – July 24, 2020 (tentative)

    Mode: 100% online

  • FAQs

    Is HTH’s District Intern program accredited?

    Yes, our program is an accredited teacher certification program through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Our program meets all program standards designated by the CTC for a District Intern credential while enrolled in the program and then a Preliminary teaching credential upon completion.

    Do I have to work at High Tech High to enter this program?

    No. Our program is open to anyone who meets all eligibility criteria.

    I am in the District Intern program, am I paid less than everybody else?

    Teachers enrolled in the District Intern program are compensated at the beginning teacher salary rate set by their employer. Salary rates are based on % teaching time.

    What is the EL authorization?

    Teachers who complete the HTH District Intern program earn the necessary CA English Learner (EL) authorization along with their teaching credential. EL instruction is embedded within all coursework and denoted on the teaching credential as ELA.

    What is the deadline to apply to your program?

    June 5th.

    Why would a charter school hire me without a credential?

    Most charter schools are open to hiring a teacher who meets all Intern program prerequisites but does not yet hold a Preliminary credential.

    Do you have financial aid or subsidized tuition? Can I defer my student loans?

    No. The HTH District Intern program is offered through Local Education Agency (LEA) status and is not an eligible Title IV institution of higher education.

    Do I have to remain employed while I am enrolled in the Intern program?

    Yes. Employment as the Teacher of Record, 50% or more time, is required. The District Intern credential restricts the Intern to teach at the school site listed on the credential.

    Do I have to stay with the school that employs me?

    No. You may change school sites as long as you continue teaching in the same subject area and setting (Elementary, Secondary or Education Specialist) that matches the credential you are seeking. Upon changing school sites, alert the credentialing office so steps can be taken to change the employment restriction on your credential.

    Do I have to student teach?

    Student-teaching is not required for Intern programs since you are the teacher of record.

  • Transcript Request

    To order a transcript of your District Intern program completion, please complete the Transcript Request Form.

    Note: The units offered through the District Intern program lead to teacher licensure and are not equivalent to graduate-level units.