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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
    A-
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Design Tech High School is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Redwood City, CA. It has 414 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.
Address
275 Oracle Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065
Telephone
(650) 231-2701

Design Tech High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1290
96 responses
Average ACT
30
31 responses
AP Enrollment

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    NG
  2. Good for Families
    NG
  3. Housing
    NG
Median Household Income
$119,024
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,614
National
$949
Median Home Value
$992,979
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • @dtech
    44%
  • Going Home
    22%
  • Building a d.techmas tree
    11%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    11%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
414
Free or Reduced Lunch
9%
0%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
14%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$95,644
Teachers in First/Second Year
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 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
$20,904/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses

Design Tech High School Reviews

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Design Tech High School is a fairly new public charter school. I started as a freshman back in 2015, now I am a senior and it has just been wonderful being apart of d.techs first years. The community here is so welcoming and creative. Classes spark innovation and you get the opportunity to learn design thinking which is a super helpful problem-solving process. This school was a really fun and interesting experience that had its ups and downs but changed me for the better overall. Go Dragons!
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My experience here is like no other, and what I think makes it so special is the students. As it is a new school, we are constantly changing and trying new(and often bad) things out. The curriculum can be frustrating and confusing because everything is very flimsy. The grading is easy to cheat and isn't very solid. Despite all of these flaws Id never go to a different High School. A good portion of students here actually want to learn, and it's amazing the kinds of new ideas this school can cultivate. However, it's hard to get anything out of all of the amazing opportunities here without being committed to your education and self-regulated. Sure, you can go to this school and slide on by doing minimal work, but you'll find that most students here look down on that kind of mindset.
The school is largely what you make it. You need to pay attention before you commit whether you are OK with not having AP classes. It is one of the fundamental principals not to, based on studies that have shown APs are about memorization rather than learning. Most kids forget everything from AP classes within two months according to the research I heard. For more academic rigor, students are encouraged to take classes at local junior colleges. For a public school this place feels more like a private school but without as many entitled brats or sporty bro types.