Congrats! You’ve started the New School Creation Course by the HTH GSE!!! 👩‍🏫🏫😀

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Welcome to the New School Creation Email Course!

If you’re reading this, it means that you want to try and take on the fulfilling task of creating and opening your own school! Over the duration of six emails, you will work to design a narrative about a prospective school you are designing. This narrative lays out six key elements needed to create a school. Elements included are things like defining the school’s purpose, identifying a desired student demographic, and pedagogical approaches. This course will culminate in you writing and filming yourself giving a final presentation that can be used to engage prospective audiences needed in order to create your school (i.e. funders, parents, teachers).

Course Trailer

Your first task in the course is to watch the video below that has a great introduction by Larry Rosenstock, founder of High Tech High.

What Will You Need?

All that this course requires is: access to the internet, and maybe some help from some peers. The internet will help you to gain access to the different files presented in each email. Meanwhile, having some willing peers will help to give you feedback on the various assignments you receive in each email lesson.



You’ve started the course. How do we know? You’re reading this! We bet you have some questions. 

How long is this course?
This course is designed to be done at your own pace. The course has a suggested amount of time listed on its course landing pages under the “Course Stats” heading. We feel that you should set aside the suggested time in order to complete the course. These hours take into account things like facilitating classroom discussions, teaching basic concepts needed to complete each assignment, and making time to continually discuss your work with colleagues and friends.

Do I have to complete coursework?
That’s completely up to you! This free version of the course is being completed by you through email. Because this version is set up in this manner we have no way to follow-up to make sure you actually do each assignment.

How do I get the next email?
We’ve already started sending it to you! Whenever you get an email and open it we will send you the next email in the series so that you have it as soon as you finish your work. If you just want to get all the emails before starting any of the work just open all the emails as they come and the subsequent emails will be sent. Please note there may be a 10-20 minute delay between emails sent after an email has been opened.

Can I hire High Tech High to facilitate a course experience for me and/or a group (students, staff, friends)?
We are launching this service in the near future. If you are interested in receiving news about this option please fill out this form.

My question isn’t answered here - what do I do?

These questions, and other questions like them, are answered extensively in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of If you run into issues that are not covered in the FAQ section of our website please email us for help by visiting our Contact page.

Emails Overview:

1. Introduction   2. Why a School Is like a Puzzle   3. A School's Purpose   4. Student Mix & Pedagogy
This email!   Break down important concepts you’ll need and start thinking about what makes a good school.   You will learn that a school can have a purpose beyond making sure that students learn.   Explore the history of Student Mix in the United States and the different types of Pedagogy.
5. Hiring and Leadership   6. Neighborhood & Facility   7. Presentation of Learning     8. Conclusion
How do you find the right staff for your new school? This email helps you find out.   The location of your school is important, and how you pick it will influence various things you never even realized.   You will be given the resources needed to make a presentation of the outline of your new school.  

A quick review of the course and the steps for  moving forward.

In Conclusion…

You’ve just embarked on your own journey, one that will expand your knowledge of new school creation. The process is so fun, creative, and exciting that you’re sure to have a great time. Be sure to be on the lookout for the first lesson email in your inbox!

Next Steps

You’re at the end of this section of the course! Check your inbox for the next email.

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