Great Schools Visit | San Diego | Design39Campus & High Tech High

Today, the group had the privilege of touring two incredible schools in San Diego.

The morning was spent at Design39Campus. Joe Erpelding, principal, shared the following highlights:

  • Design39Campus (D39C) was the 39th school opened in the Poway Unified School District and is rooted in design thinking
  • 14% free and reduced lunch with a population of 1,150 T to 8 students
  • Opened in 2014; have lost 2-3 teachers and roughly 100 students since opening
  • Enrollment is lottery-based and students from seven community facilities districts (CFDs) within zip code 92127 may participate in selection process
What does it mean to be life-ready?
— Joe Erpelding, principal (a question that D39C tries to answer through their curriculum)

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The afternoon was spent touring High Tech High (HTH). Larry Rosenstock, CEO, and Kaleb Rashad, director, educated the group on the origins of HTH and what makes the school successful. HTH opened in 2000 and has since "evolved into an integrated network of thirteen charter schools serving approximately 5,300 students in grades K-12 across three campuses." HTH also offers a graduate school of education. HTH is "guided by four connected design principles—equity, personalization, authentic work, and collaborative design".

Love the hell out of people!
— Kaled Rashad, director (on the advice given to him when he took the helm)

More pictures from High Tech High here

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