California Charter School a Finalist in "Race to the Top Commencement Challenge"

April 22, 2011

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High Tech High International, a San Diego charter school serving approximately 395 students in grades 9-12, is one of the top six finalists in the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge put on by the White House. Teams of students had to submit essays and videos on why their school is exemplary. High Tech High International students worked collaboratively for weeks to produce their video, which we all now have the opportunity to view and rate, with an eye toward having President Obama speak at the school's commencement.

Visit to watch and vote on the six videos. Rating of the schools will be based on a short essay and a three-minute video from each school, shown in random order. Visitors will rate the finalists on a scale of 1-5 (with 1 as the lowest rating and 5 as the highest). After a rating is submitted, the next school's work will be presented. Each person is only allowed to rate the schools one time. The White House can remove ratings if they suspect that voting is being manipulated to give one school an unfair advantage; this includes (but is not limited to) rating their school a "5" and all the other schools a "1."

At the end of the rating period, the three schools with the highest average ratings will be submitted to President Obama for final selection. The top 3 schools will be announced on Monday, May 2, 2011, with the winner being announced later that week.

Voting will end at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 29, 2011, so please vote ASAP. Help support High Tech High - and, by extension, all of California's charter schools - by taking the time to cast your vote. Please pass this on to anyone you know who would consider voting!

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