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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Design Tech High School is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Redwood City, CA. It has 555 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 30 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.

Design Tech High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1300
125 responses
Average ACT
30
39 responses
AP Enrollment
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    NG
  2. Good for Families
    NG
  3. Housing
    NG
Median Household Income
$123,365
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,704
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,090,070
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • @dtech
    43%
  • Intersession
    24%
  • Going Home
    14%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Building a d.techmas tree
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
555
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
8%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
15%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
30:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$99,154
Teachers in First/Second Year
46%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
$23,005/ year
National
$12,239
77%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
15%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses

Design Tech High School Reviews

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The good part about Design Tech is not its curriculum, but the opportunities it provides... that being said, this only applies to those who actively participate in the community, and are not pursuing a career in sports that are usually provided at other schools. Many strong willed students have been successful at our school, while many others, who do not take advantage of the opportunities at d.tech, gradually lose what was left of their work ethics and motivation. If your student can manage themselves well, d.tech is a great school to push their boundaries through college classes, clubs, and extracurricular activities. On the other hand, if they need pressure and rigor to stay on top of their work, d.tech is not recommended -- or rather discouraged, since these few students can bring down morale of the rest.
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Where to begin. Yikes. The school is good for those who have extreme motivation to do things, but when I say that I mean it. I was a straight A highly motivated student through middle school, and when I came to dtech that went down the drain. It's a below average school dressed in a gucci belt. The teachers are rlly good, but the rest really isn't. The vast majority of students are INTENSELY judgmental and elitist, and a rumor can kill your experience at the school. The new grading system ruined my chances at going to my dream schools. Don't send your kid here unless they are the PERFECT fit for it. They will lose their motivation and be forced into a bullying system where they bully or get bullied. Caution.
I enjoy the environment because of the small size. The community is very accepting, and I rarely see bullying (and when I do, someone usually speaks up).

In terms of teachers, although there are times when we have bad teachers(as it’s a start up,) the others truly do care about the students and will always do their best to support us.

The main positive is the amount of opportunity at the school, considering it’s located at Oracle, and we have professionals who come in. Many students also take classes at community colleges.

The main issue is that there is so much constant change which can be overwhelming. They are trying to develop a more effective way of teaching that isn’t based on cramming information into us, but this can result in frequently changing the systems. The school tries to give us time to do independent projects, but the repercussions of the system is that many aren’t used to the workload in college.