High Tech Elementary Explorer
“High Tech Elementary Explorer is an independent public school, founded in 2000, which serves 350 children in grades K-5 who are enrolled by lottery from throughout San Diego. Explorer’s mission is to develop critical thinkers who are caring, confident and lifelong learners in a diverse community that is sensitive to the needs of each child. Academic studies at Explorer take the form of projects, which engage students in research, content learning, field studies, and exhibitions. During project work, students engage in challenging and open-ended questions that are important to them and to the adult world. Students’ work culminates in products and presentations that have an authentic audience, often beyond the school’s walls. Explorer teachers seek out student passions in order to design rich learning experiences, both in content and in social and emotional interactions. Explorer students see school as a place where they can ask big questions, where they can collaborate and create, and where they work to change the world.”
Their newly built Piano Lab makes Explorer one of newest additions to Keys of Inspiration™, where 120 students participate in classes twice a week. Piano teacher, Ms. Ung, is looks forward to providing the musical tools students need in order to discover a passion and enjoyment in creating music. She believes that music is a language, and her goal is to enable students to tap into this language for self-expression, self-discovery, as well as the awareness of their community by making music together–something that is unique to group lessons. She hopes to build a solid foundation for students to explore and launch off of in their own journey and development.