d.tech serves students of wide-ranging aptitudes and interests, from the sciences to technology, engineering, art and math. Students run approximately 30 clubs, including d.Leadership, the Mosaic club, Yearbook, First Robotics League (winners of the Silicon Valley Star Rookie Award in 2016), GeekSquad, eSports, Jazz, Rock Bands, Orchestra, LGBT, Gay-Straight Alliance, Hip Hop, and theatre production, to name a few.
Students work closely with the staff, admin and faculty and have authored many initiatives that have shape the school community. They also have many opportunities to work cross-grade. This emphasizes a mutually supportive, proactive and friendly culture. Student empathy and initiative is a constant theme. It encouraged and recognized at weekly 'Community Meeting' assemblies where whole school culture is shaped and students have one more forum for their voices.
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d.tech is a commuter school with students spread across many cities, from San Francisco, to the mid-Peninsula and from the Coast to the East Bay. This means that student clubs, which meet after school, have become a hub for student friendships. There is also a very active d.Leadership team which has designs and runs formal dances, Halloween movie nights, themed spirit-days and community-giving events throughout the year. Parents also create socials and events for themselves and the students. The students meet as a whole school every Wednesday morning in the 'Community Meeting' and share reports, requests and shout-outs for each other. For more on Parent centered activities and items of interest, please see the Parent Portal tab.
MaxPreps.com hosts the sports line up for d.tech which offers volleyball, basketball, soccer, swimming, and cross country and futsal. Once on the new campus, the Cross Country Runners will have access to the Bay Trail, and access to the Oracle Gym. The school will not offer touch football.
d.tech High School is temporarily located at 1800 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, a few minutes walk from the Millbrae CalTrain station. On August 12, 2016, Oracle CEO Safra Catz and the Executive Director of the Oracle Education Foundation, Colleen Cassity, led the groundbreaking ceremony for d.tech's new campus on Oracle Parkway, between the Oracle campus and Belmont Slough in Redwood City. Construction will take place throughout the 2016-17 school year, with the goal of having the first class of seniors graduate from the new campus. As of September 1, 2016 It is not anticipated that construction will be completed before January 2018.
About 50% of students take public transportation to d.tech - BART or CalTrain, while others bike, walk or carpool. A free shuttle will be available from the Millbrae and Belmont Stations to the future Redwood City campus. Students are not allowed to drive cars on campus in an effort to minimize traffic.
How Parents Help
Design Tech High School has a student-centered approach, and is focused on building self-direction - with faculty oversight - to prepare students for post-graduate life where they will find far less adult scaffolding. This means achieving a level of responsible independence that takes them beyond the middle-school years with its higher degree of parental involvement. Even so, d.tech parents have played a key role in the development of the school. Volunteering is not a requirement, yet countless individuals have come forward and supported the school in creative ways. Parents (and students!) have developed infrastructure in communications, technology, and volunteering. They have mentored the robotics team to the World Championships, chaperoned dances, driven students to off-campus intersessions, brought their own expertise to the classroom and - critically - have carried the Gala and Annual Fund to a premier role in supporting student programs and providing materials. The energy and commitment to d.tech has been awe-inspiring. Parents have a representative on the Board of Directors, staff LCAP meetings, and Town Halls and the Community Partnership.
There are also informal neighborhood get-togethers through the Community Building Team so all parents in this commuter school can feel supported and included even if they aren't able to volunteer, or have difficulty coming to the school.
For more insights check the Parent Portal - designed and launched by parents.