Lottery, Decision, Waitlist

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The lottery will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 5 - 6:30 pm at 275 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA. Families can attend the live process (run on a computer platform on campus), or be contacted elsewhere via text and/or email. The results are displayed on-screen at the school (by individual number to protect student privacy), and lottery results are sent out electronically the same evening.  

Lottery weightings

  • Children who reside within the boundaries of the San Mateo Union High School District receive a 10:1 preference.
  • Children who reside within the boundaries of the Sequoia Union High School District receive an 8:1 preference.
  • Children eligible to receive free or reduced price meals (FRPM), who reside within the boundaries of San Mateo Union High School District, receive a 16:1 preference.
  • Children eligible to receive FRPM, who reside within the boundaries of Sequoia Union High School District, receive a 14:1 preference.
  • Children who reside in other California school districts receive a 1:1 lottery weighting.
  • Children eligible to receive FRPM, who reside in other California school districts, shall be given a 6:1 preference. 
  • Siblings of current students, children of founders, and employees are guaranteed offers.

Design Tech High School reserves the right to rescind offers of enrollment if the information provided on the application is not accurate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does my student have an advantage if I submit the application earlier than others?
No. The time you submit your application between January 3 and the deadline of February 28, 2018 has no influence on the outcome of the lottery. However, applications submitted after the February 28 deadline are added to the end of the waitlist.

Q: If my family receives an offer to enroll in the lottery, can we defer acceptance?
No. Offers of enrollment can not be deferred and must be accepted or declined by the stated deadline.

Q: If my family declines an offer, and later reconsiders, is the offer still available?
No. Once declined, the application is withdrawn and the spot is offered to the next student on the waitlist.

Q. If my student is on the waitlist, does it roll over from one year to the next?
No. The waitlist applies for one year only. After that, the student needs to reapply to enter the next lottery for a new grade.

Q. If my child enrolls in, do they have to reapply each year and go through the lottery each year?
No. Once your student is enrolled, they do not need to reapply each year. 

The Decision Deadline

Families who receive an offer of a spot are encouraged to make a decision as soon as possible, and no later than the announced deadline of Friday, March 16 at 4 pm. Some students may need to visit the campus for the first time before deciding, while others may have already done so. Once the offer is accepted, families must complete the enrollment process by the given deadline of Wednesday, March 21 at 4 pm, or relinquish the spot.  

Recision of Offers

  • Applications must be completed accurately and honestly, with verification required upon enrollment, or the offer is rescinded.
  • After accepting an offer from, families must disenroll immediately from their other option school. Families who are discovered to be double-enrolled in and another school beyond the enrollment deadline will be disenrolled from Design Tech High School, and their spot offered to the next student on the waitlist.

The Waitlist

Students on the waitlist are valued prospective members of the community. Even so, being on the waitlist can be emotionally difficult given the uncertain outcome.

If your student is given a waitlist number, there are varying levels of chance that she/he could be offered a spot. The lowest numbers have more chance to receive an offer after the initial decision period in March than do the highest. For those with the very highest numbers, the chances are greatly diminished.

You will know your student's number on the waitlist after the lottery. Unfortunately, it's impossible for the Enrollment office to discuss the probability of coming off the waitlist. The nature of family decisions - and all the factors that influence them - are highly unpredictable. For this reason, we advise parents with students on the waitlist to secure a spot at their preferred alternate school. You can be enrolled at another school and remain on the waitlist.

Although it's less common for spots to open in the late summer and early fall, family plans sometimes change and shifts in the waitlist have occurred shortly before or after school resumes. This can be a very surprising time to receive an offer. Should this happen to your family, it's important to ensure that you never double-enroll at and another school. If you receive an offer from Design Tech High School, and decide to accept, you must inform the other school immediately.

What happens to the waitlist after school starts? Once on the waitlist, the student's name remains on unless the parent withdraws the application. It is very helpful to let the enrollment office know if you wish to remove your student's name from the waitlist by emailing

To recap:

  • Names on the waitlist do not carry over from one enrollment season to the next.
  • Students on the waitlist must renew their application each year 

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