High Tech High

High Tech High‘s mission is to “develop and support innovative public schools where all students develop the academic, workplace and citizenship skills for postsecondary success.” Here’s a little more about the school, but watch the Edutopia.org video, Transformed by Technology: High Tech High Overview, for a great look at what the school is doing right.

“High Tech High was originally conceived by a group of about 40 civic and high tech industry leaders in San Diego, assembled by the Economic Development Corporation and the Business Roundtable, who met regularly in 1996 to 98 to discuss the challenge of finding qualified individuals for the high-tech work force.

“In particular, members were concerned about the ‘digital divide’ that resulted in low numbers of women and ethnic minority groups entering the fields of math, science and engineering. The founding group was clear about its intent: To create a school where students would be passionate about learning and would acquire the basic skills of work and citizenship.”

High Tech High: A snapshot for 2008

  • Eight schools (five high schools, two middle schools and one elementary school)
  • Approximately 2,500 students
  • Approximately 300 employees
  • 100 percent of graduates have been accepted to college, 80 percent to four-year institutions
  • First charter management organization to operate its own Graduate School of Education (GSE), the nation’s first graduate school offering Master’s in Teacher Leadership and School Leadership embedded within a K-12 learning community

To learn more about the master’s program, check out this video, High Tech, Higher Learning: A School Grows Its Own Teachers.