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Updated July 25, 2018
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  1. "High Tech High Charter School Network"

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

    I have been working at High Tech High full-time (More than 5 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
    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

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Self-absorbed, bloated bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  4. "Academic Coach"

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

    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'


  5. "High School Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  6. "HTH"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not what I thought..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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 way that I've never seen in my years of teaching. This was so apparent that I felt students could even see the odd relationship of staff to staff.

    -Lots of favoritism (from administration to certain staff-teachers)

    -I didn't feel that young students were getting the quality fundamental skills they should when it came to reading, writing, math.

    -great school for outgoing and very social students, very hard for those students who on a daily basis are still struggling with math, reading, and writing to keep up with others in their groups . With projects taking up most of the time, there seems to be a lack of time to help catch these students up on skills that will be fundamental to academic success.

    -I watched students lose confidence during the group project environment because they weren't as naturally outspoken or they were academically behind others.

    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 projects or not... pay attention to the fact that young students are struggling with the basic academic skills needed to be confident learners going forward.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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