The Koi Pond

“A koi fish can grow with the size of its pond.” 

Dr. Ken Montgomery

                                                    Photo credit: Bitter Jeweler via / CC BY-NC

                                                    Photo credit: Bitter Jeweler via / CC BY-NC

The influence of a widening pond on the growth of its koi is a powerful metaphor for the positive impact of's annual fund on the development of our students.

Design Tech High School’s vision is to support every student in reaching their full potential by providing unique and personalized learning opportunities and fostering growth in whichever direction a student wants to take their educational career.

Design Tech is a publicly funded charter school. The money we receive from state funding is approximately $5,000 less per student than the amount surrounding high schools receive from local tax dollars. As a result, Design Tech relies on parent and community donations to close the $2,750,000 funding gap.

All donations to the Koi Pond directly support opportunities for students beyond the rigorous core curriculum provided at Design Tech High School.

Initiatives funded by the Koi Pond include:

  • School camping trips and grade level team building activities
  • Intersession classes
  • Chromebooks for every student
  • Seed funding for clubs/athletics
  • DRG Materials
  • Fieldtrips
  • School-wide college testing (PSAT fees)

We ask that each family donate $2,500 per student to support the Koi Pond - or whatever your feel comfortable giving. A donation of $2,500 or more helps cover families who are unable to contribute in order to reach our total fundraising goal for this year of $400,000.


Moving On Up!
The Annual Gala

Enrolled parents, board and community members are able to attend the annual fundraising Gala being held this year on October 14. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Further information will be available soon.