Design Tech High School (d.tech) is a pioneering California public charter high school. Oracle’s relationship with d.tech began in 2014 through the Oracle Education Foundation, and quickly grew and deepened into the company building a home for the school on Oracle’s headquarters campus.
Design Tech High School’s mission is to develop students who believe the world can be a better place, and that they can be the ones to make it happen. The d.tech model is guided by two powerful principles—extreme personalization and putting knowledge into action. d.tech students learn to solve real-world problems using a design thinking approach that they can use throughout their lives to make positive contributions to a constantly changing world.
Seventeen years ago, Larry Ellison told me that he’d love to have a school at Oracle where students learn to think. Design Tech is a unique high school, founded on principles we believe in—innovation, creativity, and problem-solving—and our support of d.tech is a fulfillment of Larry’s vision. We couldn’t be more excited to build a home for d.tech on our campus and to see the positive impact it will undoubtedly have on students, teachers, Oracle employees, the local community, and the world.”
Education is a cornerstone of Oracle's philanthropic efforts—and has been for decades. Oracle saw enormous potential in d.tech’s pioneering model, and recognized that the school needed a secure home to fully realize that potential. Oracle was in a position to provide that home, purpose-built to support the school’s innovative culture and continuing evolution.
Oracle provided the land and paid for the building, the entire useful life of which is being donated to d.tech. The community gets a new high school without spending taxpayer dollars. d.tech students will lead summer workshops on design thinking that will be open to local elementary and middle school children. Additionally, d.tech students are committed to developing creative solutions to benefit the local community.
No, there are no guaranteed spots for the children of Oracle employees or for children who live in Redwood Shores. For information about enrollment, please visit the d.tech website.
Charter schools cannot generate parcel tax measures. However, charter schools have been able to access parcel tax revenue from districts whose students have preference for attendance. (San Mateo and Sequoia Union High School District students have preference in the d.tech lottery.) Bonds are used by cities, counties, and school districts to finance the acquisition of land and construction of public facilities. They are not an issue here, as Oracle has provided the land and paid for the building.