What is HTLA Middle School?

HighTech Los Angeles Middle School is a tuition-free public charter school serving grades 6 and 7 starting in August 2018 and grades 6-8 in August 2019.

When will the school open?

HTLA MS will open in August of 2018. We plan to start with an inaugural class of 6th and 7th graders.

Who can attend HTLA Middle School?

As a public school, we are open to all students. There is no tuition, entrance exam, or other admissions requirements. Parents with children currently in 5th or 6th grade are able to enroll their students in our first year of operation in 2018.

Where will the school be located?

HTLA MS is will be located at Van Nuys Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year.  In August of 2019, we hope to open a permanent facility on the campus of the Mid-Valley YMCA.

Who can attend HighTech LA Middle School?

Any incoming 6th or 7th grader student residing in California may attend HighTech LA Middle School in the 2018-2019 school year, and for the 2019-2020 school year, any 6-8th student residing in California may attend. You do not need to live in a specific neighborhood or zip code to become a student at our school. There are no tests or other requirements that students must meet in order to become a HighTech LA Middle School student.There are no academic admission requirements for HTLA MS! Students simply apply and admission is done by lottery.

Is HighTech LA Middle School tuition-free? 

Yes! HighTech LA Middle School is a California public charter school, and our students' families do not pay tuition. Just like a traditional public school, we receive state and federal funding. 

Is there a "sibling preference" when it comes to admission to HTLA MS?

Siblings are automatically admitted.

Are breakfast and lunch offered at the school?

Yes, breakfast and lunch are offered to all students. We participate in the Federal School Lunch program, which provides free or reduced-cost meals to qualifying students.

Does HighTech LA Middle School serve students with special needs and/or learning disabilities?

HighTech LA Middle School serves any student, no matter his or her learning style or cognitive ability. Our Special Education Director works with our teachers to identify students with special needs and ensure that they are set up for success in our school by providing them with carefully targeted support. Notably, HighTech LA Middle School implements an inclusion model, which means that we meet the vast majority of our students with IEPs' learning needs within the context of our mainstream classrooms.

For information from LAUSD’s Division of Special Education regarding enrollment procedures or other questions, please contact 213-241-6701.

If you’d like to attend any parent workshops or trainings regarding special education provided by LAUSD, visit the following links (LAUSD Parent Workshops and Trainings: dates, times, and locations and Local District Northeast/Northwest Trainings).

What types of extra support does the school provide for students who struggle academically?

HighTech LA Middle School commits to supporting every student who is ready to do the hard work of getting ready for college, no matter the student’s skill level when s/he first enters the school. The support that we provide comes in many forms including:

  • Reading and math intervention courses

  • A school-wide advisory system

  • Daily before and after school school tutoring

  • Co-teaching for extra support in classes as needed

Is HTLA a Math/Science school?

HTLA MS is an inquiry-based school where the lines between "technical" and "academic" are deliberately blurred. While we encourage students with interests in math and science to apply, and while we provide exciting, cutting edge experiences in math and science, similar excitement and quality are to be found in the humanities and the arts. HTLA MS offers students a high quality broad-based education that will serve them in all phases of adult life.

What is curriculum integration?

Curriculum at HTLA MS is framed around answering questions and solving problems. Integration at HTLA MS means that we address issues as they are found in the real world-- in teams, studying questions and themes that cut across disciplines. In a well integrated curriculum unit, students experience pursuing one important question or theme in several classes.

What types of technology do students at the school have access to?

Every student has a laptop computer, which students borrow from the school each year.

What skills or traits can help me be a successful student at HighTech LA Middle School?

Our goal is to prepare 100% of students to be successful in a college prep high school and eventually to earn a Bachelor's Degree in college. To help you achieve this big goal, we have a curriculum for all HighTech LA Middle School students that is academically challenging, so that every student reaches that goal truly prepared. To succeed at HighTech LA Middle School, students must commit to:

  • Coming to school every day on time, ready to focus and learn

  • Completing 1 to 2 hours of nightly homework

  • Maintaining a growth mindset, which means working hard to learn new skills even if at first they are difficult or don’t come naturally to you

What types of opportunities are there for parents to be involved?

Parent involvement takes many forms. We ask parents to commit to attending their students’ advising conferences in person every twice per year. Parents can also serve on our School Site Council, attend monthly workshops and family potlucks, and volunteer in the school.

Every parent and every student have every teacher’s email address and phone number, and we encourage parents to maintain close communication with their students’ advisors and teachers.  We also have a web-based portal for grades, so that parents can use their phones, laptops or tablets to go online and check their students’ grades.  The school sends phone calls and texts daily whenever a student is missing from school, has missing or low-quality homework, or has been struggling to meet expectations in class.

How does HighTech LA Middle School recruit and select teachers and staff?

Identifying, recruiting, and developing wonderful teachers, who are great in the classroom and great at advising students, is the most important work that HighTech LA Middle School's school leaders do! We are working to build a world class team of experienced educators who can teach their academic content really well and really inspire their students to be their best selves. If you know a great teacher who may be interested in joining HighTech LA Middle School's founding team, please contact our Principal Rachel Garber with details: ms.garber@ht-la.org; (818) 609-2681.

Is HighTech LA Middle School a for-profit corporation?

No! HighTech LA Middle School is a public school and a nonprofit organization. This means that most of our funding comes from the federal government and the State of California. The organization invests all of its money in the school to provide high quality programming and services for our students. We have an independent board of directors, and none of the individuals on the board are paid for their service; none of them makes a profit from the school.

I am interested in enrolling my student. What are the steps?

Enrolling in the school is an easy 3-step process that starts with submitting an admissions form. Please visit our enrollment page for details and directions.  Click here to enroll now!

If I am an interested parent, how do I learn more? 

Please contact our office manager, Sandra Tersakian (ms.tersakian@htla-ms.org). We will keep you informed about upcoming information sessions and opportunities to be involved. We also offer meetings or tours.  We are eager to meet with your family, arrange for you to visit and speak with current HTLA High School students and teachers. You can reach us between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm: (818) 609-2681.