At-A-Glance

 

At-A-Glance

 
 
 Junior math: the teacher is working 1:1 to help students as they move through a new learning cycle.

Junior math: the teacher is working 1:1 to help students as they move through a new learning cycle.

d.tech High School

  • Free California public charter high school founded in 2014

  • Six year accreditation: Western Association of Schools and College

  • Enrollment is capped at 550 students, and is by lottery.

  • Values: trust, compassion, personalization, creative confidence. We believe that the world can be a better place, and our students can be the ones to make it happen.

  • Signature programs: Design Thinking, Intersessions & Internships

  • Competency-based Learning - Mastery model of grading.

  • Enrolling approx. 150 freshmen in 2019

  • Accepting applications to grades 9 - 10 from January 8 - February 2, 2019.

  • Location - 275 Redwood Shores, Redwood City, CA 94065

  • Strong Advisory Program 1:18

  • Faculty/student ratios 1:1/1:35 depending on activity

  • Academic Counselors & College Programs

  • Graduating seniors accepted to all nine UCs.


Student Life

  • Meet or exceed A-G UC ratified academics

  • Methods are socratic/small groups/individual study

  • 2018-2019 Weekly Schedule

  • Personalized schedule on Thursdays

  • 1:1 chromebooks provided

  • Varsity Sports

  • Approx. 30 student-run clubs from Hip Hop to First Robotics, Music, LGBT, Art, Mosaic, Leadership, Community Service and more

  • Parties/Spirit Days

  • Hot lunch program with School Foodies.

  • 50% arrive by train to Belmont. Others bike, walk, roll, carpool.

 d. tech Intersession class lead by Oracle Engineers volunteering with the Oracle Education Foundation. Professionals teach Intersessions while the faculty engage in professional development. Intersessions offer students immersive experiences with professional in fields ranging from music, photography, yoga, martial arts, wearables, golf, University of California visual and performing arts graduation requirements, to cooking and more.  For more see here .

d. tech Intersession class lead by Oracle Engineers volunteering with the Oracle Education Foundation. Professionals teach Intersessions while the faculty engage in professional development. Intersessions offer students immersive experiences with professional in fields ranging from music, photography, yoga, martial arts, wearables, golf, University of California visual and performing arts graduation requirements, to cooking and more. For more see here.

 Girls Varsity volleyball is one of many competing athletics teams, along with soccer, basketball, baseball, cross country and swimming. Students have a process to found a new team.  For more on current athletics.

Girls Varsity volleyball is one of many competing athletics teams, along with soccer, basketball, baseball, cross country and swimming. Students have a process to found a new team. For more on current athletics.


 Sophomore student Maya P. working on her Unit Exam for math. This is the final test of the learning cycle. Students must score 75% or above to meet the minimum A-G UC requirements.  The cycle begins with discussion, then hands-on tasks, followed by comprehension checks, graded performance evaluations and Unit Exams. Unit Exams can include group work or individual projects leading to an individual Presentation of Learning to peers and adult mentors, who ask questions and give real-time feedback. Over time, students become comfortable with public speaking and are able to take feedback as interesting and actionable information.

Sophomore student Maya P. working on her Unit Exam for math. This is the final test of the learning cycle. Students must score 75% or above to meet the minimum A-G UC requirements.

The cycle begins with discussion, then hands-on tasks, followed by comprehension checks, graded performance evaluations and Unit Exams. Unit Exams can include group work or individual projects leading to an individual Presentation of Learning to peers and adult mentors, who ask questions and give real-time feedback.
Over time, students become comfortable with public speaking and are able to take feedback as interesting and actionable information.

Year 3 Demographics

  • d.tech is a free public charter high school that values diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, physical ability, family structure and religion.

  • Students arrive from 31 different cities in the Bay Area.

  • Racial/ethnic identification

  • Students in the San Mateo/Sequoia UHSD & on the FRPM program are eligible for a lottery priority, which does not guarantee an offer. Information is on the Register tab.

  • All current California residents are eligible to apply

 ZeeMee, the startup that created what is known colloquially as "the extracurricular LinkedIn" for high school and college students, invited d.tech students this Fall to their headquarters to help co-create the next iteration of their product. Our students used their design thinking skills creating rapid prototypes of platforms that would improve communication between prospective students and colleges. d.tech students had lots of fun with the experience and process, and appreciated applying their design thinking skills in the real world.

ZeeMee, the startup that created what is known colloquially as "the extracurricular LinkedIn" for high school and college students, invited d.tech students this Fall to their headquarters to help co-create the next iteration of their product. Our students used their design thinking skills creating rapid prototypes of platforms that would improve communication between prospective students and colleges. d.tech students had lots of fun with the experience and process, and appreciated applying their design thinking skills in the real world.