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! Registration for the 2020-2021 Lottery will open in early January 2020 . Please see the steps below, and check back in late September for updates.

Enrollment is by lottery, and priority is given to students who live in the San Mateo and Sequoia Union High School Districts. Students living outside those districts are placed on a waitlist that is accessed only if the school fails to enroll from the waitlist of priority students. For a complete list of priorities, please see Lottery Priorities.



Visiting the Campus

Given d.tech is a relatively small high school, we have transitioned to inviting students and parents to visit the campus when an offer is received in the lottery. We have received positive feedback that this is helpful in saving student’s time, and giving insights into the school much closer to the decision deadline. In the meantime, please use this website as your research tool, and 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.

Lottery Registration Steps


Step 1 • Address Verification ➝

  • Prospective students and families must be current California residents.

  • Students in the Sequoia & San Mateo UHS Districts receive lottery priority but to be eligible, the family must complete
    address verification for the student at the district office even if they have a sibling already enrolled in that district. Priority is not a guarantee of receiving an offer, but it is to the student’s advantage to have it.

    Address verification for d.tech’s lottery can be completed from November to mid-February.

    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

  • Other California Residents
    The chances of receiving an offer are much reduced because the number of students with priority exceeds the seats available. Students who reside outside the San Mateo and Sequoia Union High School District are automatically waitlisted and will be contacts only if the school fails to fully enroll with address verified residents.

  • 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.

  • Click ‘Next’ after completing each page until you are invited to review your registration. Then click ‘SUBMIT’.

  • You should receive an email confirmation within half an hour if your submission has been successful.

  • No registrations will be accepted after midnight on February 28 for any reason.

  • d.tech emails details about the lottery and waitlist process to registrants in early March.

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.