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.
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.