High Tech High operates 13 charter schools in San Diego County, California, USA: four elementary schools, four middle schools, and five high schools. All of these schools serve a diverse, lottery-selected student population and all embody the High Tech High design principles of personalization, adult world connection, common intellectual mission, and teacher as designer. The network's mission is to develop and support innovative public schools where all students develop the academic, workplace,and citizenship skills for post-secondary success.
High Tech High schools have been acclaimed by several experts as the greatest schools in the world. HTH schools have investments and endorsements by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Tony Wagner of Harvard University Innovation Lab calls it the school of the future and is a vocal champion.
“The engineers that I know, the architects I know, the artists I know, the great educators I know, the entrepreneurs I know — they’re all perplexed and curious about how they can do it better the next time. And that type of perplexity leads to engagement, it leads to learning, it leads to innovation. We are trying to inculcate that type of perplexity and curiosity in our students in everyday practices.”— Larry Rosenstock, CEO of High Tech High
Larry is the founding principal of the High Tech High, a network of charter schools and graduate school of education, in San Diego, California, USA. Coming from heading Price Charities, Rosenstock, a former carpentry teacher; lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and University of California at Berkeley; lawyer at the Harvard Center for Law and Education; high school principal; and Director of the U.S. Department of Education's New Urban High School project, brought a vision and sense of the design principles to accomplish HTH's mission. These principles include personalization, real-world connection, and common intellectual mission.
Larry has also been recognized for his outstanding work in the field of education with commendations including an Ashoka Fellowship in 2002, a prestigious fellowship of the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide focused on putting system changing ideas into practice on a global scale, and a Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education in 2010, an award that annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education in the US and whose accomplishments are making a difference today.
GSA Visit to High Tech High May 2016
Lene Jensby Lange who is leading the Global Schools Alliance visited the High Tech High campuses of Point Loma and Chula Vista in May 2016:
- The range and quality of student projects displayed everywhere across the campuses was inspiring. So was the way the children would passionately explain the process of their work and learning in great detail even quite a long time after a project had ended. What struck me most was the strong and coherent learning philosophy which was mirrored in every single action by every single member of staff I saw. It became clear to me already on the first day of my visit where I took part in an all-day hiring process for a group of applicants. Here teachers and directors from many of the 13 different HTH schools came together to pick out the best candidates. It was a beautiful symphony that completely mirrored the ethos of the HTH, supported by protocols to ensure high level collaborative work. That, I believe, it the true secret of High Tech High.
Oprah and Bill and Melinda Gates visit High Tech High
Oprah tours High Tech High with Bill and Melinda Gates to learn how the school is teaching children differently to better prepare them for the real world and higher education.
Taking the Lead: An Interview with Larry Rosenstock
Elements of the High Tech High Model
06 March 2012
High Tech High's CEO Larry Rosenstock speaks about this high school's innovative model that combines project-based learning with technology.
High Tech High School
High Tech High's finalist video for the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.
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Larry Rosenstock, Founder and CEO
Transformed by Technology: High Tech High School
13 May 2010
High Tech High, a network of K-12 public charter schools, uses rigorous projects and portfolio assessments to revolutionize learning. See some of their resources: Collaboration Generation: Teaching and Learning for a New Age.