Design Tech High School is a free public charter school founded in 2014 and open to residents of California. Entrance is by lottery when the number of students seeking enrollment exceeds the number of spots available.
This is a historic year for the school. Oracle has just completed construction of a spacious new campus for d.tech students at 275 Oracle Parkway in Redwood City, and the 550 strong student community has moved in! In another major milestone this coming June, d.tech students, faculty and parents will celebrate d.tech's founding class of graduating seniors.
d.tech student life is vibrant and engaged. The students have shaped the design of the new campus, the academic schedule, an empathetic and friendly culture, and - in the last three years - they have founded nearly 40 clubs and sports teams.
Design Tech's explicit focus is on the skills that help students forge an identity as caring citizens and young professionals. By combining academic content mastery with creative problem solving, students develop the tools necessary for success in college and beyond. The core values of the d.tech community are trust, care and creativity.
The student body is diverse, with wide-ranging interests that span the arts, music and dance, to the sciences and technology. A d.tech education offers an opportunity to practice collaborative problem-solving strategies (Design) as well as build confidence handling ever-evolving technological tools (Tech). To accomplish this, students are provided with eight weeks of d.labs and intersessions to explore novel topics and build credits that meet or exceed UC requirements. They also build, design and innovate in d.tech's own 'maker space', called the Design Realization Garage.
We believe students are most successful when their education is personalized and students are asked to use their knowledge to improve the world around them. We also believe that students must learn not only academic skills such as literacy and mathematics, but the transferable success skills of collaboration and persistence. The growth of a new type of high school has been an ideal forum for them to engage in meaningful change.
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From the outset, we have built our educational model by collaborating with the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, gaining access to national experts and considerable resources.
The d.school is a worldwide leader in teaching design thinking, and is strongly committed to K-12 education. Mentors from the d.school executive education program facilitated the creation of our solutions-based culture from the outset - a framework in which faculty and students support each other and resolve challenges effectively. d.school staff and students have also held design studios to program d.tech's design advisory courses, and collaborated on other specific projects.
In addition to this resource, d.tech is supported by Silicon Schools Fund, which supports highly effective examples of blended learning in Bay Area schools. d.tech students also benefit from the financial support of other prestigious organizations such as the Next Generation Learning Challenges - supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Momentously, Oracle and the Oracle Education Fund have created the first Silicon Valley - public school partnership by providing countless volunteer hours of collaboration, not just for student intersession and promoting student projects at Oracle Open World, but through the design and construction of a state-of-the-art campus which the students moved into in January 2018. Their leadership has been exemplary, demonstrating the power of foundations and private companies to alter the course of education and enabling teachers and students to explore beyond glass ceilings together.
Our involvement in these educational and philanthropic networks enables us to share our experience with new and established schools that are developing similar learning models.