Is right for me?

If you are a middle-schooler who is hoping for an inclusive high school, where you will get to know the teachers well and be a part of a lively, diverse and friendly student community, please keep at the top of your school search. If you enroll at - over the course of four years - you will have opportunities to personalize your high school experience and build your confidence in many different ways.

We truly believe the world can be a better place, and that you can be the one to make that happen.

We also know that 8th grade is a time of change, when friends may find themselves going to different high-schools. It can be a bit nerve-wracking to head out on your own. Whether you are excited about going to a new high school, or feeling a little unsure, all you need to do for in the months ahead is explore the options and opportunities that are open to you. It’s a great time to enjoy the discovery, and know that wherever you go, there are friends waiting to meet you.

What does 'DESIGN TECH' mean? 

'DESIGN' - refers to's Design Lab program which practices a collaborative problem-solving method developed at the Stanford Design School. You can learn more about this though their link to their K-12 Lab program. The skills you learn in Design Lab are important no matter who you are, what your interests are or what kind of personality you have.

'TECH' - refers to the need for all students to be comfortable and confident with technology, and treat it just like a set of convenient tools to solve a need. New students arrive knowing either very little or a lot about technology, and that is usual in any incoming high school class. There are many different ways and levels that you might be involved with technology at The most basic is learning to use your chrome book to manage your coursework and create documents. There are also opportunities to creating apps as a special project, design wearable technology, studying computer science, or join the robotics team.

THE STUDENT COMMUNITY students share many of these basic values:

  • 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.


The curriculum meets or exceeds the University of California A-G subject requirements. Work is graded on a competency-based learning cycle through comprehension checks, performance tasks and unit exams. These offer practice, depth and personalization to help you reach mastery. Mastery is defined as a minimum score of 75% and above on all tasks, and in subjects you find challenging, you may have to try again and seek additional help. Your weekly schedule includes daily ‘Focused Independent Time’, and your Thursdays are personalized to allow you to focus on outstanding work, seek teacher support, or engage in electives and activities if you are caught up on your work.

PERSONAL ENRICHMENT - Over four years, you are able to pursue additional opportunities through intersessions, design challenges, portfolios, many clubs, competitive athletics, internships and concurrent college enrollment. We hope you will leave with many experiences and explorations that will guide you on what you choose to do after high school. We have a ‘Beyond’ counselor who will help guide you. is a free public charter high school that values diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, physical ability, family structure and religion.