HTH Lingo

High Tech High has it’s own ‘lingo’ which can be intimidating and distracting. Here’s our quick summary sheet to get you up to speed as quickly as possible.


The High Tech school names are typically abbreviated:

  • HTH – The Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High in Point Loma, San Diego
  • HTHMA – High Tech High Media Arts
  • HTHI – High Tech High International
  • HTHNC – High Tech High North County – our school
  • HTHCV – High Tech High Chula Vista
  • HTM – High Tech Middle (Point Loma)
  • HTMMA – High Tech Middle Media Arts
  • HTMNC – High Tech High North County – our village middle school
  • HTMCV – High Tech Middle Chula Vista
  • HTe – High Tech Elementary Chula Vista
  • HTeNC – High Tech Elementary North County – our village elementary school
  • GSE – (The High Tech High) Graduate School of Education

Digital Portfolios or ‘DP’s

A digital portfolio is a personalized web page for each teacher and student at High Tech High. Some teachers use their DPs to share class notes, assignments and classroom resources with their students. Students use their DPs to display their work and to build a portfolio used for college applications.

To look at your student’s teacher’s DP, check the Digital Portfolio page. The drop down box marked ‘HTHNC Staff DPs’ will give you a list of the teachers, linked to their DP, if they have one. You can find your student’s DP by choosing the drop down box marked with their graduation year, and then finding their name in the list.

Not all students or teachers have DPs, but if they do exist, these are a great place to look for information.

PBL or Project Based Learning

Project-based learning is considered an alternative to paper-based, rote memorization, teacher-led classrooms. Proponents of project-based learning cite numerous benefits to the implementation of these strategies in the classroom including a greater depth of understanding of concepts, broader knowledge base, improved communication and interpersonal/social skills, enhanced leadership skills, increased creativity, and improved writing skills.


PowerSchool is a web-based student information system that we use at HTH Village. Parents and students can access

  • real-time student performance information,
  • communicate with teachers, and
  • track assignments and daily attendance.

PowerSchool is a web-based student information system that we use at HTH Village

Your username and password is printed on the bottom of your student’s class schedule, progress reports and report cards. Contact Joanna Clark if you are having problems logging in. If you are an existing parent, your login from last year will work.


Edmodo classroom software

Some of the teachers also use Edmodo, which is kind of like Facebook for the classroom.  As a parent, you can create an account on Edmodo and then using access codes given to you by the teacher, you can see the daily updates for each subject, including your student’s assignments, grades and submission of homework, etc.


Weebly is an online service that lets our teachers and students create their own websites quickly, easily and for free. Some of the teachers and students have created their DPs this way.

Weekly Email Blast

The Parent Association for High Tech High North County create a weekly email blast that contains a great summary of all that is going on at school. Check out the latest version, which is always at the top of our list. The email registered in PowerSchool is the one used to deliver the e-blast to you, so if you or your neighbor are not getting this, check PowerSchool and email us for help.

Student LeAd Conferences or SLC’s

Student Lead Conference provide the student with an opportunity to facilitate a conversation about their academic and personal growth thus far and their goals for continued improvement.  The audience consists of parents and at least one of their core teachers.  There is time for Q&A at the end.

Presentation of Learning or POL’s

A presentation at the end of the marking period where students present their work to an audience of peers, teachers and family. Students prepare a formal presentation for this and dress accordingly.


An evening event in which students, faculty, parents and visitors come to the school and classrooms to see what students have been working on. Each village school holds their exhibition night at different times of the year.


A week long immersion experience in a non-traditional discipline.  Some students will study Zoology, others will participate in Community Service projects.  All students will select an Intersession based on interest and availability.


An elective course developed around student interest and passion.  These course offerings include sports, ASB, Model United Nations, Yearbook, and Academic coaching (tutoring), to name a few.   These courses meet two – three times per week for a trimester.  Students select 3 options and then are placed in X Block based on availability.