High Tech Middle & High Media Arts


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Guiding Principles:

Personalization, Common Intellectual Mission, Adult-World Connections, Teacher as Designer


6-8 and 9-12 charter public middle and high schools serving 300 and 400 students respectively. 1949 classroom building, 3-story, 80,000 SF, renovated and added onto in 2006.

Design Features:

Commons Areas, Grade Level Teaching Neighborhoods, cross-discipline Teacher’s Offices, Teamed Classrooms with Movable Walls, Learning Studios, Specialty Labs, Fabrication Labs, and varied Display and Exhibition venues.


San Diego, California

Part of a network of 16 charter schools that span the K-12 spectrum, High Tech High attracts over 5,000 visitors annually who come to San Diego to learn from its innovative project-based pedagogy and its approach to the design of simple and flexible school facilities.

High Tech Middle Media Arts (HTMMA), and High Tech High Media Arts (HTHMA) are the fourth and fifth HTH schools to be launched at HTH Village in Point Loma (San Diego), CA. Housing 320 students in grades 6-8, and 400 students in grades 9-12, they occupy the second and third floors of 3-story, 80,000 square foot industrial building with “International Style” fenestration. HTH’s primary school, Explorer Elementary, occupies the first floor of the building.

Designed as a collaborative effort between the HTH design team (under the direction of New Vista’s David Stephen) and Carrier Johnson Architects, The HTHMA and HTHMA facilities further develop the detailing of those key spaces that HTH has found to be essential to its inquiry-based academic approach: commons rooms; galleries; classroom neighborhoods; multi-purpose seminar rooms; studio spaces; shared teacher work spaces; and distributed administrative offices.

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