Registration & Visits

As a relatively small high school d.tech became unable to accommodate the exponential increase in requests for Open Houses and shadow visits. To maintain an equitable enrollment system, we encourage prospective families to view Virtual Open House information below, and register for the lottery between January - February 2019. The Registration form will be posted on this page. Students who receive an offer in the March lottery will be invited to ‘A Day in the Life of d.tech” and families will be able to tour. We have received feedback that holding the visits close to the decision deadline is very helpful.

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
Over the next month, we will add more videos to our ‘virtual Open House’ for prospective families. We begin with

Oracle Education Foundation Graduation Ceremony - Class of 2018 (1 minute)

Graduation Outcomes (5 slides)

‘Destination Education - Innovative Schools’ a documentary by the Futura Film Channel, 2018 (48 minutes)

EdData- Education Data Partnership

Additional material is being prepared by students in their Explorations class. Please check back to see their work at the end of October.

JAN-FEB REGISTRATION & MARCH LOTTERY

  • The link to register your student for the March lottery will be provided here between January 8 - February 28, 2019 for entry in the 2019-2020 school year.  Please bookmark this page, and mark your calendar!

  • d.tech enrolls 150 9th graders. All current California residents are welcome to apply. Seats for transfers into grade 10 are significantly less available, but transfer students are welcome to register and will go on a waitlist. Registrations are not being accepted for entry into grades 11 or 12.

  • Your student may be eligible for a lottery priority. Updated information for the 2019 March lottery will be posted here with the registration form. Lottery priority does not guarantee an offer of enrollment.


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 (which includes Design Lab and Explorations), 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.

DIVERSITY - Source EdData-Education Data Partnership

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 Photo by  DES A+E : d.tech students helping to design campus buildings. At the 2017 Structures Awards, Design Tech High School was announced as the People’s Choice and the Best Education Project by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Photo by DES A+E: d.tech students helping to design campus buildings. At the
2017 Structures Awards, Design Tech High School was announced as the People’s Choice and the Best Education Project by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

 Student engage in Design Thinking, and Explorations, during four two-week Intersessions during the year. Over four years they develop creative confidence and comfort working with professional mentors. The Intersession program focuses on building a sense of self-efficacy and grasp of d.tech’s mission: “The World can be a better place and you can be the one to make it happen.”

Student engage in Design Thinking, and Explorations, during four two-week Intersessions during the year. Over four years they develop creative confidence and comfort working with professional mentors. The Intersession program focuses on building a sense of self-efficacy and grasp of d.tech’s mission: “The World can be a better place and you can be the one to make it happen.”

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