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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
High Tech High Media Arts is a highly rated, public, charter school located in San Diego, CA. It has 396 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.

High Tech High Media Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1130
125 responses
Average ACT
24
39 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$101,701
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,219
National
$949
Median Home Value
$809,950
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.22 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.22 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 58 responses
Report
  • Intersession
    31%
  • Internship was really beneficial for me and others
    17%
  • Late starts
    14%
  • Community Meetings
    12%
  • Team time
    10%
  • Snow days
    9%
  • Bridge Week
    3%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
396
Free or Reduced Lunch
45%
42%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.26 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.26 responses
27%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.26 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,852
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.2%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,540/ year
National
$12,239
61%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.28 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.28 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.28 responses
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My child attended HTHMA for 9th grade, 1st semester coming from SDUSD. Open houses were fantastic and friendly. Students lead the open house discussions and were excellent communicators! We were so impressed! Once school started, information from teachers was minimal and I only received communications when there was a problem and no follow up after the initial call/meeting. My child started complaining to me early on that he was bored in classes and wasn't learning. For project-based assignments, my kid felt stuck doing all the work b/c the other students weren't motivated. My child and I spoke to the teachers about these issues but nothing changed. By the end of the semester my kid was barely hanging onto his A grades b/c he was "done" doing other students' work on group projects. So we returned to the neighborhood school. By the way, the RT drive to Liberty Station is awful. The school doesn't help match with carpooling which was a huge disappointment for me.
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I loved that Media Arts makes an effort to choose teachers that are younger or older teachers who act younger to make the students have more trust towards the teacher, the school also chooses teacher not just on whether they are good at teaching but also teachers who care about their students learning. I love the environment where the staff is social and not just all about school but makes students feel as though the teachers care about them. The only thing I might not like too much about the school is a couple of students but overall the school, and teachers are great. My most favorite part about this school is how much freedom and trust the school gives to students and how the students respect that trust by not doing anything bad.
I love the change in my learning experience compared to public schools. I love how the teachers care about your experience and can connect with you . Teachers ask what you want and how you want to be graded as well as show you their expectations to create a happy medium. The administration encourages parent involvement and want to ensure students are on the right track for college. They show that working with others and that making mistakes shows growth in your brain. Working in a Project Based Learning environment is very different and very effective on our mindset for not only school life but for life in the future. Teachers encourage students to express themselves whether it is in clubs, advisory or within our school work, we feel very passionate and are supported through every step of the way.