By Adréana Robbins
High Tech Los Angeles (HTLA) is a diverse community of active learners dedicated to fusing traditional academic subjects with real-world, technical applications and problem solving skills. The 320 students (in grades 9-12) are productive, self-directed learners, engaged in rigorous work. HTLA’s secured campus and strong community focus prepares students to be motivated, influential and articulate learners.
HTLA is Los Angeles’ first public charter high school designed to integrate a college-prep curriculum with technology training intimately linked to the real world of work. Any current eighth grader is welcome to apply and must be entering the ninth grade in the fall of 2009.
Applications for enrollment began January 13, and will end on March 27, 2009. Students may apply directly to HTLA, which is a tuition-free public school authorized by the State of California. As a charter school, HTLA is open to all students who are selected through a lottery-based admission procedure to be held April 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the school’s Great Room. Applications are accepted in person or by U.S. Mail to HTLA, 17111 Victory Blvd.,Van Nuys, CA 91406.
Open House Every Tuesday
Parents and prospective students are invited to tour the campus (by appointment) on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Established in 2005, HTLA educates 320 highly-motivated students, allowing a student to teacher ratio of 1: 25. Small classes allow the staff to know the strengths and weaknesses of each student.
Academic Achievement Winner
HTLA is a California Distinguished School and a Title I Academic Achievement Winner. The school boasts a score of 838 API (Academic Performance Index).
“HTLA is a unique place of collaboration among teachers, students and parents, all working to help students succeed in a 21st Century environment,” says Ms. Kathy Goodman, English and Government teacher.
Founding Principal Marsha Rybin is justifiably proud that HTLA was selected by U.S. News & World Report in December 2008 as a bronze medal winner for “Best High Schools of America.” All HTLA graduates go on to colleges and universities nation-wide.
Technological Info and Programs
Computers in the classroom (1 per student).
Award-winning F.I.R.S.T. Robotic Team including building and competitions around the country.
Assistance in finding available summer programs at major universities such as Stanford, USC, and UCLA.
Full-Time (staff) College Counselor.
Visit HTLA’s website at www.HighTechLA.org. Application deadline is March 27, for the 2009-10 school year. The first day of school is August 17, 2009.
HTLA is located at 17111 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406. For more information, please call (818) 609-2640.
Ms. Robbins is a freelance writer and account executive for “The Tolucan Times.” She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.