There’s A High School Opening Inside Oracle Headquarters In Silicon Valley

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Schools come in all shapes and sizes: private schools, small rural schools, charter schools, and online schools. That list will grow by one soon, as the first public charter school prepares to open inside a corporate campus of tech giant Oracle. 

Design Tech High School (D.tech), which is set to open its doors in 2018, aims to mold the minds of teens through a mix of personalized education programs and workshops taught by Oracle employees, Business Insider reports.

The school, which currently resides inside a Bay Area trade school, aims to give students better access to resources that could help to shape their future careers.

“We’re trying to build a school where we teach students that the world can be better, and they can be the ones to make it happen,” Ken Montgomery, founder of D.tech, says.

The school’s partnership with Oracle began with a sit-down meeting between administrators and the Oracle Education Foundation, laying the groundwork for the employee-run workshops.

Those workshops actually began in 2014. Since then 57 employees have led groups in a variety of projects including creating a pickpocket-proof purse and hi-tech soccer shin guards, Business Insider reports.

But the tech company felt it could do more, and offered the school a parcel of undeveloped land on the campus.

That new school will sprawl over 64,000 square-feet, and include non-traditional classrooms. Instead, students will attend classes and workshops in “learning stations.”

The students will also have access to other areas of the Oracle campus, including the company’s gyms and auditoriums.

While the school doesn’t charge a tuition, getting in isn’t exactly easy. Admission, Business Insider reports, is based on a lottery system and only open to students living in the San Mateo Union High School District.

Silicon Valley is getting its first-ever public high school that lives on a corporate campus [Business Insider]