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High Tech High Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. "Good people working together with students. I've felt great this year studying within the schools."

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    Current Employee - Graduate School Resident in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate School Resident in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at High Tech High full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great support. Good people. Very real dilemmas in education being tackled.

    Cons

    Not enough money. Lots and lots of hours put in. Very high expectations from all in management (sometimes a tad unreasonable).

    Advice to Management

    Advocate for yourself. Make sure you are making time to work with the people in charge to help you get the best experience out of HTH. But along with that be very open to feedback. You can get what you want as long as you are giving back to the school in spades.


  2. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in San Marcos, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Marcos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This review is for High Tech Elementary North County. Most of the teachers are incredibly dedicated and creative. Collaboration is common place. No text books, no tests, no grades.

    Cons

    The turn over at this school and all the other High Tech schools is VERY HIGH. Administrators expect teachers to put in long hours beyond reason. There is a culture of conformity and "don't rock the boat" to fit in. Those in positions of power are very exclusive. If they like you, you're good to go. If not, you're screwed, as in: fired. No tenure at charter schools. No support for dealing with difficult students (and there are plenty at these full-inclusion schools), no appreciation of time and effort put in. Very passive-aggressive communication, with the expectation that you can read minds and know what they want without them actually telling you. The "inclusion specialists" (special education teachers) are extremely difficult to work with, and this issue is well-discussed among teachers but not taken seriously by administration.

    When someone is fired, it is very hush-hush. The person is asked to lie about being fired, to make up a story about moving on to another job, and is even made to sign a non-disclosure agreement promising not to tell anyone why they left in exchange for severance pay.

    The administration at this school is the reason I left the teaching profession. They second-guessed every move I made. Despite my years of experience, the administration managed to strip me of all confidence in myself and my skills.

    Advice to Management

    A complete overhaul is needed high up in the organization. New directors need to be put in place at schools, people who value all teachers and focus on the positive, with open communication. The high turnover of teachers needs to be addressed!!! This is not a healthy characteristic at any school.

  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
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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


  4. "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

    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 Management

    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.


  5. "Inclusion Support Coach"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at High Tech High part-time

    Pros

    Dynamic and fun environment to work in. Many of the teachers that I worked with were genuinely passionate about what they taught.

    Cons

    High turnover rate. The inclusion department was short-staffed at times.


  6. "Love hth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at High Tech High full-time

    Pros

    Innovative and equitable . Great culture. Many opportunities

    Cons

    Projects are awesome but hard. Skills vs projects hard to balance


  7. "High teacher turnover, mixed outcomes for students"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at High Tech High full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Teachers have the freedom to be creative, progressive and to teach real knowledge instead of test taking strategies. School makes an effort to make curricula transparent to the parents and the community.

    Cons

    There are very few senior teachers who have worked at the school for more than a few years. The high teacher turnover is destabilizing. The project based curriculum has inconsistent outcomes. Some of the older students are completing projects that are remedial, not age appropriate. By the 11th and 12th grade, you begin to see a serious difference in terms of what HTH students actually know about math, physical science and foreign language and what their college bound, public school counterparts know. In this way, the school is sabotaging students who may be interested in a traditional career path requiring university course work.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a permanent staff to create stability. Ensure that projects are age appropriate. Hint: A good benchmark are science fairs and speech tournaments.

  8. "Hit or Miss"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at High Tech High full-time

    Pros

    Innovative, creative individuals with a true passion for learning and teaching.
    Accommodating school site - coverage for teachers is provided by your colleagues

    Cons

    Leadership changes are made often making it difficult to cultivate relationships with leaders


  9. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at High Tech High full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to be creative and outgoing as a teacher.

    Cons

    low Salary, no rewards to those who go above and beyond.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Education Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at High Tech High full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility to create my own daily schedule and curriculum per student need-- freedom to design my own program. Lots of opportunities for professional development opportunities. Very progressive environment.

    Cons

    Very disorganized, poor leadership, very focused on teachers fitting into a particular "brand"


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