A progressive educational approach is paramount for success. HTe encourages students to reflect on higher level concepts while mutual staff +student respect is evident. Come college, HT kids will compete against students from other parts of the country where more emphasis is placed on learning. The HTe approach meets the needs of such competition. Yes, there is the expectation to supplement traditional learning at home. No confusion; it's stated per the "parent contract": parents must be involved in activities to aid in their child's success due to the school's non- traditional approach. This is just good parenting. I work full time, yet I understand the "deficits" HT may have are my responsibility to address. If a person expects a school to completely take care of all educational needs then this is not the school for him; parental responsibility is encouraged. Parents who have the former belief that schools are solely responsible for learning are placing their child at a disadvantage. Instead, challenge him and address the rote learning at home. The HTe philosophy allows for tremendous academic success for students of forward thinking parents.
I have a relative whose children attend HT Elementary and HT Middle. I've experienced schools that are heavily test-based, so I was thrilled at the idea of a project-based school. After seeing what HTE's done to my relative's children, I have to discourage parents from enrolling their children here unless your child is already an independent learner. Perhaps this is just the Chula Vista location, but HTE teachers do not emphasize fundamentals in reading/writing, & focus more on fun activities than genuine teaching. My niece entered Kindergarten last year. She is in first grade now & doesn't even recognize words like "said." Her older sister started Kindergarten in a nearby public school & is a very strong reader. My neighbor's son & a teacher friend's daughter are Kindergartners this year. Both parents have told me there isn't much reading or writing going on. The upper grades aren't much better, sadly. The students are working on projects, yes, but there's a difference between telling someone what you're DOING and explaining what you're LEARNING. A project-based curriculum isn't a replacement for rigorous reading and writing. They are part of college/career readiness
I Pulled my son out of this school after only 2 weeks of 5th grade. He was one of the 'lucky ones' selected well into the school year, but this was because of parents were already pulling their children out of this school. From the very first day my son was frustrated and embarrased that in 5th grade he had to do circle time, sit on the carpet and have teachers read and act-up 2nd grade level books to them. Most of his classmates did not remember how to do a simple fraction or division. When I interviewed with his teacher and asked about math skills and preparedness I was flat out told that any math or writing skills was something the parent had to do with the child at home because that wasn't 'that' type of school. So, my son found himself painting masks, building towers with paper cups and reading 2nd grade level books at school for 2 weeks before he went back to his homeschool. To this day he still reminds me of what I did to him. He is now a 7th grader
My school is fantastic. I love that along with the academic learning, they learn real world skills that will help them in the future. The staff is extremely caring and supportive. They are still young and are working on improving school parent communication, but are on the right track.
Don't get me wrong I truly love high tech and how they work but the parking is just a huge problem ! Plus the staff does nothing about it. Do they not know ... Very disappointed ! I saw the director and staff out there doing nothing and I was waiting outside on a do not stop anywhere area .. which my risks go up for getting a ticket ! I was in line for 45 mins just trying to enter to pick up my elementary student because one car wouldn't move. Need a better picking up system!!
We feel very fortunate to be part of HTe School, everyone truly cares about the children, it's very unique there's no comparison to other schools.
My children love HTe and their teachers! From the director on down, everyone truly cares about my children's learning. My kids tackle their projects with enthusiasm and I am no longer have to worry about homework packets that they used to bring home from their other school. They dreaded them and really never learned anything from them! Here, they are able to think critically, imaginatively, and analytically. They have not only grown academically, but socially as well. The High Tech High Five core values really teach them how to be better students in school, and better people in the real world. It's truly amazing the growth I've seen! The only thing I hope for is more parent involvement. It always seems to be the same parents who always volunteer, which is wonderful, but there are so many opportunities to help out. If you made the effort to get your child into this school, please do more to support it.
I have two children at this school and this is their second year attending HTE. Both of my children have grown academically, socially, and emotionally. This school pays attention to all of their students in fact they have SLC's where students have a conference with the parent and teacher and tell you their strengths and weaknesses. Students are also given access to the latest technology, and given enrichment classes in engineering, performing arts, and fine arts. I also highly recommend this school for parents with children who have special needs. This is a full inclusion school, teachers, and academic coach's are very patient and work closely with children in the classroom.
This is the second year this school has been open. And I am amazed at the dedication of the teachers and staff here. They are not here to teach our children how to take tests, rather they are more interested in teaching them how to solve problems and how to think critically. I can't say enough about what a benefit this has been for my child.
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