Our math vision through the lens of the HTH design principles:  Equity, Collaborative Design, Personalization, & Authentic Work

Diverse, Untracked


All students K-12 are randomly grouped into classes resulting in a unique opportunity to engage multiple perspectives in collaborative work.


In addition, all students have access to, and are supported in the exploration of intriguing and challenging 


Equity in practice at High Tech High

  • All voices are heard and valued

  • The classroom structures are set up so that students see value in each other’s thinking

  • Problems are discussion worthy and the focus is on understanding and making sense of the mathematical concepts (not just the right answer)

  • We recognize that being mathematically “smart” means:

    • Asking questions

    • Making connections and identifying patterns

    • Predicting and making conjectures

    • Representing ideas visually

    • Experimenting with new approaches

    • Collaborating to help ourselves and others develop ideas

    • Being a skeptic

Collaborative Design in practice at High Tech High

  • Use instruction to build a classroom based on collaborative learning as opposed to competition, where students see and value each other as resources

  • Students co-construct mathematical knowledge together

  • Teachers collaborate with colleagues and students to plan lessons and anticipate student thinking 

Personalization in practice at High Tech High

  • Student ideas and problem solving strategies are the foundation for daily mathematical discussion

  • Students reflect on their learning regularly and set goals for themselves

  • Teachers confer with students to build relationships and support students in their goal setting

  • Feedback focuses on strengths and areas for growth 

Authentic Work in practice at High Tech High

  • Students do the work of mathematicians:

    • They problem solve

    • Justify their reasoning to others

    • Communicate their ideas

    • Listen to and skepticize each other’s mathematical ideas

    • Compare different ways to solve a problem

    • Discuss big mathematical concepts 

    • Reason quantitatively and abstractly

    • Apply mathematical reasoning to problems and patterns in the world around them

    • Publicly present their thinking