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--

--working together--

--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--

--project areas--

--relevant technology--

--and common spaces--

--where artwork--


--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--

--school culture--

--project design and authentic assessments.

We are all still learning.