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Charter Schools and Innovation: The High Tech High Model

American Secondary Education Volume 36, Number 3, ISSN 0003-1003


This article examines the High Tech High charter school, the ideas and practices that influenced its development, and the school's impact on San Diego Unified School District, which authorized the charter. The Discussion analyzes the school's program using frameworks of social bonding theory and progressive educational theory and practice. Since the program is a reflection of John Dewey-inspired progressive education, it is not an entirely novel model of innovation. The school, however, differs decidedly from conventional public high schools. High Tech High's success in producing high levels of student achievement and enrollment of graduates in higher education is attributed to progressive educational methods and certain structures and processes of organization and operation that strengthen students' bonds with the school.


Neumann, R. (2008). Charter Schools and Innovation: The High Tech High Model. American Secondary Education, 36(3), 51-69. Retrieved September 26, 2022 from .

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