Enrollment Process and School Overview

REGISTRATION TO ENROLL FOR THE 2019 - 2020 SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS HERE  JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2019.

  • Enrollment is by lottery, held each March.
     
  • d.tech enrolls 150 9th graders for the following fall. Seats for transfers into grades 10 and 11 are only available through attrition, and are significantly less available.
     
  • Open Houses and shadow visits are only offered to students and their families who receive an offer in the March lottery. 
     
  • Please check this page in late September for updates. We hope to post webinars with faculty, students, parents and the administration team.
     
  • All current California residents are welcome to apply.
     
  • Priority in the lottery is given to residents of the San Mateo and Sequoia Union High School districts, provided they complete the registration/address verification process at their district office between November 2019 and mid-February 2020.
     
  • Priority is also given to students receiving Free or Reduced Priced Meals - provided proof is supplied.
     
  • Priority does not guarantee offers of enrollment.
     
  • Students who do not live 'in-district' are still eligible to enroll. Evidence of current CA residence is required.  
     
  • Click here for the complete list of lottery priorities.

SCHOOL OVERVIEW

Thank you for your curiosity about d.tech's compelling educational mission. Students who are seeking a transformative and inclusive high school experience should keep d.tech at the top of their school search.

d.tech graduates are prepared for a radically evolving economic and technical world - one that requires agile thinking, mastery of academic and problem-solving skills, and project management. Above all, d.tech students carry with them the desire to make the world a better place, and the understanding that they are the ones who can make that happen. 

What does 'DESIGN TECH' mean? 

'DESIGN' - refers to d.tech's design thinking program which practices a problem-solving method developed at the Stanford Design School, and shared through their K-12 Lab program. These skills serve budding young athletes and academics as well as film-makers, artists, dancers, musicians, social justice activists, event organizers and community service workers, as well as those interested in math, science and the tech world. 

'TECH' - refers to the need of all students to be comfortable and confident with technology, and treat it as a set of tools to support their endeavors. Students arrive knowing either very little or a lot about computers, which is the normal profile of any incoming high school class. 
 

DEFINING QUALITIES OF DESIGN TECH

  • Putting knowledge into action. 
  • Personalized schedule.
  • Consistent faculty oversight. 
  • Trust, compassion, inclusion and empathy.
     

DEFINING QUALITIES OF THE STUDENT COMMUNITY
d.tech students are highly diverse in educational profile and background, and they share these qualities:

  • A commitment to support their student community through trust, care, and empathy.
  • A drive to have an active role in their education and take responsibility for the direction of their learning, supported by faculty oversight, personalization, and scaffolding over four years.
  • The curiosity, openness and diligence to become self-directed.
  • A willingness to sacrifice some attributes traditionally associated with high schools - such as homecoming and band - in order to access unique opportunities.
  • A desire to make the world a better place, coupled with an interest in finding solutions through strong listening skills and collaboration.

ACADEMICS - the d.tech curriculum meets or exceeds the University of California A-G subject requirements. The competency-based learning cycle focuses on achieving mastery through a series of comprehension checks, graded Performance Tasks and Unit Exams, which together offer practice, depth and personalization. The goal is mastery - defined by the UC A-G requirements as a minimum of 75% and above on all required tasks. 

PERSONAL ENRICHMENT - Students pursue additional opportunities through intersessions, design challenges, portfolios, clubs, internships and concurrent college enrollment. 

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. 
DESIGN TECH HIGH SCHOOL SCHOOL PROFILE
COMMUNITY HANDBOOK 2017-2018
COLLEGES THAT ACCEPTED d.tech STUDENTS 2018
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