High Tech High is guided by four connected design principles--
--equity, personalization, authentic work, and collaborative design--
that set aspirational goals and create a foundation for understanding our approach.
High Tech High is an equity project.
Teachers work to address inequities and help students--
--reach their full potential.
Our schools are intensely diverse and integrated--
--enrolling students through a zip code-based lottery--
--aimed at creating schools that are reflective of the communities we serve.
Teachers recognize the value of having--
--students from different backgrounds--
--and employ a variety of approaches to accommodate diverse learners--
--without academic tracking.
High Tech High has an acute focus on college entrance--
--and college completion--
--for all students. [LAUGHTER]
High Tech High teachers practice a learner-centered--
--inclusive approach that supports--
--and challenge each student.
Students pursue their passions through projects--
--and reflect on their learning.
Recognizing that identity development--
--and personal growth occur in the context of community--
Our schools foster relationships of trust, caring, and mutual respect among students and adults--
--through program design elements such as--
--small school size--
--small classes, home visits, advisories and--
--student collaborative work.
--and incorporate inquiry across multiple disciplines--
--leading to the creation of meaningful and beautiful work.
Students engaged in the--
--work that matters to them--
--to their teachers--
--and the world outside of school.
Students connect take their studies to the world through their fieldwork--
--community service, internships--
--and consultation with outside experts.
Our facilities are collaborative workplaces--
--with small group learning and--
--and common spaces--
--and other artifacts of student thinking are created and displayed.
High Tech High teachers collaborate to design curriculum and projects--
--lead professional development and participate in hiring--
--while seeking student experience and voice in each of these areas.
With students as design partners--
--staff function as reflective practitioners--
--conducting inquiry into equitable teaching and learning--
--project design and authentic assessments.
We are all still learning.