High Tech High (HTH) is a network of twelve schools in San Diego County. All of these schools serve a diverse, lottery-selected student population. HTH is differentiated in its design principles of personalization, adult world connection, common intellectual mission, and teacher as designer. For more information about High Tech High, please visit www.hightechhigh.org.
Since 2011, HTH has used YouthTruth to gather student feedback to inform instructional, leadership and school model changes. For the first two years of the partnership, High Tech High surveyed high school students about their overall school experience—from students’ engagement in school and relationships, to their perceptions of school culture and college and career readiness. As YouthTruth developed validated, age-appropriate surveys for lower grades, High Tech High expanded survey participation to middle school students.
High Tech High also deepened its understanding of students’ classroom experience by incorporating YouthTruth’s Feedback for Teachers survey in 2013. This provides insights to inform teacher practice and continued professional development. HTH administers the survey annually, and has made YouthTruth an integral part of their commitment to improvement.
YouthTruth sat down with High Tech High’s Ben Daley, Chief Academic Officer/Chief Operating Officer, and Nikki Hinostro, Director of High Tech Middle to reflect on the network’s experience using the YouthTruth Student Survey over the past four years.
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Curious about HTH’s experience? Learn tips and protocols to take back to your school or district. Check out the full Q&A to read more about how HTH:
- Deepened its understanding of students’ classroom experience by incorporating YouthTruth’s Feedback for Teachers survey
- Found that 11th and 12th grade students felt prepared for life after high school, while 9th and 10th grade students were reporting less positive ratings in this area
- Developed college and career programs with school directors and college advisors in response to data that revealed 9th and 10th graders did not feel as prepared as older grades for college and careers