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Design Tech High School (d.tech) is a pioneering California public charter high school. Oracle’s relationship with d.tech began in May 2014 through the Oracle Education Foundation, and quickly grew and deepened. In 2014, Oracle decided to build a home for the school on its headquarters campus.
The d.tech model is guided by two powerful principles: providing extreme personalization and putting knowledge into action. A key element of this model is the Intersession program, in which students break from their regular courses four times a year to take two-week elective courses delivered by the community. Oracle Education Foundation, along with other nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals, provides classes.
The “Design” in the school’s name refers to design thinking, an empathy-based approach to problem-solving that involves iterative prototyping, which is central to d.tech’s curriculum. By using the tools of design thinking across all academic subject areas, and by partnering with teachers, classmates, and professionals, d.tech students learn to create the change they want to see in the world.
The “Tech” in the school’s name refers to the fact that d.tech is a 1:1 computing school, meaning every student has a laptop and accesses most learning material online. Also, the heart of the school is a two-story, state-of-the-art maker space called the Design Realization Garage (DRG), where students learn how to use 3D printers, laser cutters, and design software as tools to express and realize their ideas. The DRG is also where the d.tech robotics team rises to the challenge of the FIRST Robotics Competition every year.
Oracle’s relationship with d.tech has been recognized as an outstanding example of public-private partnerships in education. The Oracle Education Foundation has been partnering with the school on the Intersession program since 2014. Now, the school’s presence on the Oracle campus gives Oracle Volunteers the opportunity to engage with d.tech staff and students on a daily basis, both expanding and deepening what we can accomplish together.
In January 2018, Design Tech High School became the first public high school to be located on a corporate campus, while remaining fully autonomous. See the unique band of collaborators who contributed to the design and development of the school.
In January 2018, d.tech officially moved into its new home at Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, California. Watch these highlights from the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Recognized for exemplary private-public partnership with Design Tech High School at the Connect18 Awards.
Received the 2018 Best Projects Award from Engineering News-Record in the K–12 Education category.
Earned a Golden Nugget award, along with DES Architects + Engineers and XL Construction, from the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.