Summer school offered at High Tech High

COAST CITIES — High Tech High is expanding, with a new school in San Marcos, and a hybrid model integrating online courses planned for the 2009-2010 school year. To complement these expansion initiatives, High Tech High is also launching three open-enrollment summer programs at the High Tech High Village in Point Loma. One-week sessions for elementary school children and two-week sessions for middle and high school students offer a sampling of the schools’ projects and focused time with the schools’ faculty.
“It’s our teachers who collectively designed these summer academies,” David Allen, director of High Tech High’s summer programs said. “They’re used to replacing rote learning and lectures with collaborative projects in their classrooms, so it was natural for them to think differently about what a summer camp could be. Teachers from all the High Tech High schools in the county have contributed their ideas and expertise in designing these three camps and the result is a series of projects and elective courses in subjects as diverse and extraordinary as robotics, video game design, skateboard video production, solar power technology and Shakespeare.”
The Village Academy for younger children is actually two separate camps —Adventure Teams for children entering first through third grades and Discovery Teams for children entering third through sixth grades.
“Younger campers can choose from a variety of hands-on educational themes like science experiments, water activities and theater,” Program Director Robyn Kochon said. “The focus is on making learning fun and imaginative. Our older campers will take it up a notch and work in groups exploring subjects like Web site design, digital photography with Photoshop and computer graphics.”
The cost of the Summer Academies is $290 to $350 a week. For more information about summer at High Tech High, contact the High Tech High Summer Academy at (619) 243-5025, summer@hightechhigh.org, or visit www.hightechhigh.org/summer.

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