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  1. High Tech High Charter School Network

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    Current Employee - Dean of Students in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at High Tech High full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Dedication to Equity and Innovative teaching and learning.

    Cons

    It is hard to have a good work-life balance because everyone is doing so many amazing things, you want to keep up.

  2. Incredible school to work at

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at High Tech High full-time

      Pros

      A creative and groundbreaking environment with lots of opportunities for educators to receive continued development

      Cons

      Not enough academic support staff

    • Helpful (2)

      Self-absorbed, bloated bureaucracy

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at High Tech High full-time

        Pros

        The kids. Amazing (as so many are given the opportunity). Colleague support. Freedom with curriculum.

        Cons

        A rah-rah management style at the organizational level coupled with exploitatively low pay for teachers (below San Diego Unified), compounded by grotesque administrative salaries (far, far above San Diego Unified). Tendency to hire wide-eyed dreamers as teachers and burn them out.

      • Academic Coach

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Marcos, CA
        Doesn't Recommend

        I worked at High Tech High

        Pros

        working with kids with autism

        Cons

        disorganized especially when it comes to 'inclusion' - does not have the resources to support the special needs of students with autism that are highly impacted.

        Advice to Management

        general education teachers need to be made aware of autism and what it entails - it is not something to 'get over'

      • High School Teacher

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I have been working at High Tech High full-time

          Pros

          Flexibility, ability to be creative in content design, supportive staff.

          Cons

          Difficult salary to live off of for the amount of work required.

        • HTH

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Neutral Outlook
          Disapproves of CEO

          I have been working at High Tech High full-time

          Pros

          Good benefits, nice co-workers, and kids.

          Cons

          Needs to hire more support staff.

        • Helpful (2)

          Not what I thought...

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Doesn't Recommend
          Neutral Outlook
          Disapproves of CEO

          I worked at High Tech High full-time

          Pros

          Beautifully designed schools Meeting amazing teachers who have great ideas and teaching strategies, and are willing to share them with others/help others grow as teachers. I saw certain students thrive and really gain confidence thanks to the creative mindset that the school encourages (others not so much, read below) Room for advancement

          Cons

          -The school boasts student inclusion as one of the school's main attractions, however doesn't set that example for employees. Staff and administration were cold towards one another. A simple hello, or smile when passing in the hallway resulting in the other staff member completely ignoring you was normal. Teachers outwardly would not want to share resources, insights, and guidance to even first year teachers in a selfish...

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          Advice to Management

          When certain things are brought to your attention regarding your staff rapport, do not blow them off as unimportant or unable to be resolved. Answer your emails and communicate with your employees. A genuine smile and simple morning hello goes a long way to make someone feel valued. Don't create a competitive culture where teachers are cut throat to have the best projects in order to keep their jobs. Amazing...

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        • Inclusion Support Coach

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            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.

          • Love hth

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            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

          • Helpful (1)

            High teacher turnover, mixed outcomes for students

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            Current Employee - Teacher 
            Doesn't Recommend
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            I have been working at High Tech High full-time for more than 2 years

            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...

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            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.

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