Enrollment Process

Design Tech is a free public charter school that values diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, physical ability, family structure and religion.

Thank you for your interest in Design Tech. The school offers an innovative and engaging high school experience, solid preparation for college and post-graduate opportunities, and an environment that fosters self-efficacy, kindness and teamwork.

Lottery registration typically opens in early January for fall entry into 9th grade. A few seats may open for 10th grade transfers provided the student registered for the March lottery. There are no transfer opportunities to enter grades 11 or 12.

The registration and enrollment process is described in the steps below. Please set a reminder to check for next season’s timeline and any other updates in early October 2019.

Lottery priority

Priority is given to students whose parents/guardians prove residence in the Sequoia and San Mateo Union High School districts.
Students living outside those districts are placed on a waitlist that is only accessed if the school fails to enroll from the wait list of priority students. The wait list for in-district students is still substantial after the school has fully enrolled. For this reason, it is highly unlikely that students living outside the Sequoia or San Mateo Union High School Districts can be offered an opportunity to enroll.

For a complete list of priorities, please see Lottery Priorities.


Visiting the Campus

Given d.tech is a relatively small high school, students and parents visit the campus after an offer is received in the lottery. Although this feels counterintuitive, we have received positive feedback from families that this saves prospective students valuable time. By holding an open house for students who have offers, insights into the school are provided much closer to the decision deadline.

In the meantime, we invite you to use this website to thoroughly research the school. Be sure to review the Student Life and About tab, where you will find student-made films and a 40 documentary about d.tech, as well as information on Beyond Design Tech post-graduate outcomes which meet and exceed UC A-G requirements. The school is vibrant, innovative, and personalized.

Lottery Registration Steps


Step 1 • Address Verification ➝

  • Prospective students and families must be current California residents. Note that those living outside the San Mateo and Sequoia Union High School Districts are not likely to be offered an opportunity to enroll.

  • Students in the Sequoia & San Mateo UHS Districts receive lottery priority provided the family completes
    address verification at the district office - even if they have a sibling already enrolled in that district. Transfer students registering for 10th grade have already established residence.

  • Priority is not a guarantee of receiving an offer, but it is to the student’s advantage to have it. Students living in-district who have not completed address verification are placed on the wait list with out-of-district students.

  • Address verification for d.tech’s lottery can be completed from November to mid-February at the District office appropriate for your home address.

    Address Verification - San Mateo Union High School District 650 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401 Tel. (650) 558-2299

    Address Verification - Sequoia Union High School District 480 James Ave, Redwood City, CA 94062 Tel. (650) 369-1411 ext. 22209

  • Students in Free or Reduced Price Meal Program (FRPM)
    Families of students in the FRPM program should email the FRPM letter from their district to the d.tech enrollment office by the February 28 deadline to be eligible for priority.

Step 2 • Register for Lottery ➝

  • Register between early January to the end of February for the March lottery. The next registration period will start in January 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • The online registration form will be posted here. Hard copies can be found in the district offices during the lottery registration period and must be mailed or walked-in to Design Tech High School, 275 Oracle Parkway, CA 94065 from 8:30 am - 4 pm.

Step 3 • Lottery & Campus Visits➝

  • The Lottery takes place in early March, and the results are emailed the same evening to the parent/guardian listed on the registration.

  • The majority of families wait for lottery results to be emailed to them in the privacy of their homes. However, the lottery is held in public, and some families attend to see if their numerical identifier is posted. Student names are not used to protect family confidentiality.

  • Students who receive offers are invited for a half-day shadow visit, and their parents/guardians have an opportunity to tour.