High Tech High Network: Student-Centered Learning in Action

David Stephen and Eve Goldberg

At High Tech High schools in San Diego, students are evaluated on mastery of content—not time spent in class. Students engage in multi-disciplinary and field-based learning opportunities to build skills like critical thinking, problem solving and communication. Each teacher works to develop a personalized school culture, which is supported externally by a network of community members, parents and professionals.

Four design principles facilitate a student-centered school culture: personalization; adult world connection; common intellectual mission; and teacher as designer.