Pros: amazing culture, fantastic people, intellectually and creatively challenging
Cons: structural problems with the organization, no work life balance, no job security, low salary compared to district schools, poor benefits package
High Tech High is a frustrating place to work. On the one hand, it is an amazing environment, filled with passionate, extremely dedicated and competent teachers and administrators. They have a very well defined culture and expect a lot from their employees. In return, they give teachers the respect and freedom to design a curriculum that they feel is most effective. This is extremely rare in education, and is an amazing feature of these schools.
Unfortunately, due in part to some of the design features of the school, they struggle with some very critical components of an outstanding workplace. First, by allowing each teacher to design their own curriculum and classroom policies, the school as a whole becomes excessively disjointed and school wide policies are murky at best. This creates a large discipline problem, hurts the chances for a strong school identity/culture and results in cliques and factions amongst politically similar teachers and administrators.
Second, a lack of standardization between grade levels and teachers results in hugely inconsistent education for students. It is very possible for students to learn the same material multiple times throughout their careers and for them to emerge from high school without having learned the vital foundational tools they need for success in college.
Third, due in part to their insistence that all students deserve good teachers, teachers are only ever able to receive one year contracts and those can be broken mid-year if necessary. Essentially, you are constantly required to perform above a threshold level or you will be dismissed. While aspects of this make sense and are reasonable, job security is very low at High Tech High.