General Academics

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With a focus on developing collaborative and cross-disciplinary thinking, the curriculum is designed to engage students in finding and developing their passions.'s academic courses are A-G ratified by the University of California, and students follow a learning cycle in which they must demonstrate mastery before moving onto the next topic. 

The Design Tech curriculum centers around these areas of study: Humanities, S.T.E.M., Design Thinking, and Exploration Electives that are taught by industry professionals both on and off the campus. students will:

  • Work on local and global challenges

  • Research real problems and build solutions

  • Benefit from flexible scheduling and personalized learning and goals

  • Receive continuous feedback about progress and development

  • Be prepared to create the future

We use PowerSchool and Google Apps for Education as tools to organize many of our classes, share high quality content, and track each student's progress.  

Faculty Oversight

Students have personal Chromebooks instead of textbooks, and the Chromebook online learning management system allows teachers to regularly review data on their performance. This in turn allows teachers to coach students and personalize instruction.  

Teachers closely monitor progress and assessment results and determine when to intervene with a tutoring session, a small-group lesson, a lecture, or additional material. 

Academic Model

The school’s curriculum is built on the principles of “knowledge in action” and “extreme personalization”, using a design-thinking approach similar to that taught at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( The model incorporates deep content knowledge and project-based curriculum in a mastery-based environment.  

  • Knowledge in Action: design thinking is a process that provides a problem-solving strategy for students to use throughout their lives. This enables them to be remain mentally agile and make positive contributions to a constantly evolving world.

  • Extreme Personalization: Each Design Tech student undertakes a pathway that meets the requirements for college eligibility. Our courses are approved by the University of California and meet their A-G requirements. This curriculum can be personalized to varying degrees to his/her needs, abilities, and interests. This is done through a combination of projects and flexible grouping within the classroom. All students need to develop their understanding of the academic material, and demonstrate mastery of concepts through real-world applications before moving on.