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|High Tech High International|
|2855 Farragut Road
San Diego, California, 92106
|School district||San Diego Unified School District|
|Head of school||Colleen Green|
|Athletics||Cross country, Track & field, Tennis, Soccer, Softball, Surfing, Baseball, Golf, Basketball, Volleyball, Ultimate frisbee, Water polo, and Bike Polo|
High Tech High International, often referred to as HTHI, is a public charter high school in San Diego, California with 391 students and 22 teachers. It is the third school in a program that attempts to change the way most students in the United States and countries with similar schools are taught. It is part of the High Tech High charter schools umbrella organization.
High Tech High International was the second high school established in the "High Tech High Village". Opened in 2004, in a building that was formerly the Foundry/Metal Shop aboard the Naval Training Center, High Tech High International had as its goal to enlarge the perceptions of students on global policies. It is currently under the same charter as its sister school, Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High Charter School. This charter was granted by the California state board of education and allows for High Tech High to open 10 new charter schools in the state.
This school provides Project Based Learning and our goals at each HTH school include:
Serve a student body that mirrors the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the local community. Integrate technical and academic education to prepare students for post-secondary education in both high tech and liberal arts fields. Increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students in math and engineering who succeed in high school and post-secondary education. Graduate students who will be thoughtful, engaged citizens.
The schools mission is to develop and support innovative public schools where all students develop the academic, workplace, and citizenship skills for postsecondary success.
This schools design principles are based on 4 design principles:
- Personalization: High tech high international and other high tech high schools teachers know their students. They connect to students and are committed to a way of teaching that challenges and supports each student. The projects that students partake in at this school help them pursue their passions and the projects also help them reflect on their growth and learning. The schools provide Advisory where a faculty member will meet with groups of students to discuss future plans for school, grades, schoolwork, progress and build communities.
- Adult World Connection: At HTHI we connect with the world beyond our school and homes. HTHI does this through Internships, field studies, community service, and immersion week and projects. Projects here are exhibited at oftentimes and commonly exhibited at professional places and venues. They have internships where a student will find be an internship for a workplace of their choosing and will create a project that will benefit and contribute to their learning and workplace.
- Common Intellectual Mission: All High Tech High schools are diverse. We use a non-selective zip code based lottery for enrollment. Curriculum at these schools has the foundations of the UC school requirements which means by going to HTH you automatically meet the requirements to enter UC's.
- Teacher As Designer: High Tech High teachers help create and design curriculum and programs at schools. They have interdisciplinary teams which means two different researchers or teachers use their disciplines together and making it into one. They do this in order too design the course they will teach. During staff meetings they get together and find solutions to school issues. They help and design what happens around the school.
Immersion Week/ One World Week/ Intersession. They are all the same thing. It is a one week course where teachers offer students different activities or subjects to partake in. Students have a choice to pick there intersession. Letting students have their choice to pick what they want to do definitely helps them learn and grow more. They become dedicated and devoted to work during the week not because of what is asked of them, but rather because they want to learn more about a topic. If a student picks an intersession that is based on photography then they can explore their passion further. Maybe they choose an intersession where they hike around their city and learn about the wildlife, it gives them a chance to practice what they love to do. Through exploring what they love and learning about it, they connect with peers and teachers whom they might not had of. Intersession allows students to travel. This takes them on a journey to experience new cultures. Learning about humanity and themselves along the way. Fortunately, if students can not afford trips they will not be turned away. Peers and teachers all work together in order to raise money for those in need.