The Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High
Launched in September 2000 by an industry and educator coalition, the high school is a bold innovation in public education. A small, diverse learning community with a projected 600 students in grades 7-12, this cutting-edge school is founded on three design principles: personalization, adult world connection, and a common intellectual mission. Innovative features of the academic program include performance-based assessment, daily shared planning time for staff, an emphasis on project-based learning, availability of technology in all classrooms, internships for all students, and close links to the high tech workplace. Designed as a collaborative effort, the project is a textbook project for future, technology-focused educational spaces. In addition to boasting one of the most advanced animation labs in the country, the facility houses state-of-the-art biochemistry and engineering labs and flexible classroom space, all connected to an advanced electronic infrastructure to allow the use of laptops, audio and visual systems, and Smartboards®. A unique infrastructure places it at the forefront of technology for teaching and learning. The 43,500 square foot building was formerly a U.S. Navy technical training center, includes 14 multi-purpose seminar rooms, seven cutting-edge labs, four project studios, a centralized Commons, and a large, high-ceilinged open area known as the “Great Room.” Students have their own workstations for a significant part of the day and move easily between seminar, lab, and group project work spaces. Future plans include the remodeling of an adjacent building as thw school expands to include grades 7-12.