In chapter 6, Wagner discusses a unique school called High Tech High which operates a handful of schools throughout San Diego county. Wagner discusses how successful the school is and how the school has managed to become a leader and trend setter in an ever advancing digital and technological age. This is a school which is truly ushering in the dawn of a new era in education. Wagner notes that over 80% percent of students who graduate from High Tech High go on to leading colleges such as Stanford. What is it about the way the school works though that is so progressive? Well, everything! You will not find multiple choice exams or true or false questions at high tech high. You wont find students mindlessly memorizing answers out of an outdated text book. And you definitely wont find students who “hate” to be at school. What will you find here? Project based learning, students getting involved with what THEY are passionate about, and students connecting with leading and advanced professionals and organizations. The opportunities kiddos get at this school are immense. This school really thinks outside of the “sand box”! I can attest for this personally. While completing my undergraduate work at CSUSM, I was able to mentor a group of students at High Tech High in San Marcos and helped guide them through an amazing project they were working on in a world history class. This project inspired students to learn about historic events such as the Holocaust and to then discover that there are still major human rights violations occurring all over the world today including genocide. The group I worked with ended up getting in touch with an organization that works to prevent child sex trafficking. Students learned that every year, hundreds of children are abducted from the US and taken into Mexico and Central America and forced into sex trafficking. The experiences these students got while working on this project was first hand and extremely real and personal. These students where being exposed to and mastering what Wagner calls the seven survival skills at this school. This includes inquiry, expression, critical thinking, collaboration, attentiveness, involvement, and reflection. High tech High really pushes students to master these 7 categories or skills. High Tech High as well as several other schools mentioned in this chapter all have common core principles for teaching and learning that really take them to the next level and push kiddos to excel and thrive.