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Welcome to Design Tech High School
Design Tech High School is a free public charter school open to residents of California. Entrance is by lottery when the number of students seeking enrollment exceeds the number of spots available. The school was founded in 2014, and the first class of seniors will graduate in 2018. The Oracle Education Foundation recently selected d.tech to become the first public high school to have a new state-of-the-art campus funded by a Silicon Valley company.
Design Tech, or 'd.tech' as it's known among our students, has an explicit focus on the skills that help students forge an identity as caring citizens and future young professionals. By combining academic content mastery with creative problem solving, d.tech's goal is to give students the tools necessary for success in college and beyond.
The school has a diverse student body with wide-ranging interests that span the arts, music and dance, to the sciences and technology. New students are encouraged to view eight weeks of
intersessions as time to explore new topics, and build credits toward UC requirements. 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).
We believe students are most successful when their education is personalized to their needs, 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 academic courses are Common Core aligned, and A-G accredited by the University of California. These are offered in addition to three signature programs: the Intersession, Design Lab and d.tech's own 'makerspace', called the Design Realization Garage. Our students explore a wide-range of interests through these programs, as well as student-led clubs, and competitive sports. They are encouraged to develop core interests, and to explore a range of skills and subjects for greater understanding.
College Board Code: 054814
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.
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.
ACADEMIC PROGRAM PARTNERSHIPS
If you are interested in partnering around d.tech's academic programs,
please contact Rob Bolt, Partnership Developer.