High Tech High

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High Tech High Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
4 Reviews
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    Be Prepared to Work your Butt off

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    Current Employee - Teacher+ in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher+ in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at High Tech High full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A tight knit community of committed teaching professionals. Benefit package, vacation days during holidays. Project based learning gives teachers freedom to create their own curriculum.

    Cons

    Student centered school where entitled teens are empowered to view themselves on par with teachers. If students are dissatisfied with a grade (regardless of whether they earned said grade) they along with their parents will complain to the director, who will indirectly pressure teacher to change grade. I did not find this approach helpful to students as it did not prepare them for the real world, where it may not revolve around them.
    Common 60 hour work weeks. Work load is for those who are REALLY committed to be educators.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align organizational mission with class mission. The goals and expectations of the Board of Directors, school director, teacher, parents and students should all be in agreement. That wasn't my experience and it created undue stress.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Tough but rewarding job

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at High Tech High

    Pros

    High Tech has a very interesting and different teaching philosophy, the project-based learning environment is fun to work in if you're part of the teaching staff. Getting to work with the students on cool projects that are educational is fun and rewarding. Also there's much freedom for the employees in terms of regulating their day-to-day schedules and work. The freedom mixed with the level of responsibility is a plus.

    Cons

    Lack of organization in terms of the day to day agenda and a lack of discipline with students makes for a slightly chaotic environment. It's definitely not for everyone, especially if coming from a long history in a traditional school model.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    High Tech High is a very deceptive organization.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at High Tech High

    Pros

    Flexibility, project freedom, minimal bureaucracy, great marketing, public charter school, usage of technology

    Cons

    poor management, lack of transparency, elitist culture, lack of leadership, manipulative, condescending, arrogance, exclusive culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is High Tech High's duty to make ALL students a priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great philosophy, smart students and parent engagement, behind closed doors-less-than professional staff.

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    Former Employee - Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Diego, CA

    I worked at High Tech High

    Pros

    Great resources and the school's overall philosophy is incredible. They allow you the freedom as a teacher to use your judgement and be as creative as you want. Great community and level of engagement from both students and parents. You will undoubtedly be impressed with the work students accomplish here.

    Cons

    Staff mentality very much resembles that of the students they teach: very cliquey, a lot of politics. Large disconnect between administration and staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get buy-in from your teachers. Try to unite staff as a whole in a better way, instead of creating seperate ecosystems of staff members within the school.

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