Design Science Middle College High School

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Basic Information

Address: 1101 E University Ave, Fresno, CA 93741
District: Fresno
College Partner: Fresno City College
County: Fresno
Phone Number: (559) 489-2270
Fax Number: (559) 499-6034
Partner Website:
Head of School: Tressa Overstreet
School Type: Alternative School of Choice

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Design Science Middle College High School
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Additional Information

Ages: 14-18
Accreditation: WASC
District ID: 0614550
School ID: 061455010779
State School ID: California
Founded: 2004
Registration Deadlines: Dec. 1 through district transfer office
School Hours: 7:30-4:00
School Setting:

Located on the beautiful and historical Fresno City College campus in the Business Building.


Design Science is a STEM school attended by college-bound students. All students are expected to attend high school full-time and college part-time during year one and two. In years three and four, students attend college full-time and high school part-time. The rigorous curriculum, schedule and demands of studying and preparation for college take much time and students will work together in advisory study groups to prepare. Design students are expected to be mature, good citizens, who encourage, support and care for each other and themselves.

School Size: 280
Student/Teacher Ratio: 35:1
Graduation Rate: 100%
Classes Offered: GATE. AP, Honors, Dual-enrollment with college classes at City
Admission Requirements:

There are no prerequisites.  It is advised to complete Spanish and Algebra before entering ninth grade.

Admissions Deadline: Dec. 1 of the prior year
Computer Capabilities: Design Science is a 1:1 computer school.  All students need their own device.
Parking Space/Availability:

Must purchase parking permit to park on campus.

Mission Statement:

To prepare a diverse population of students for early entrance and successful completion of college by facilitating their development of the required content knowledge, academic skills, leadership experience, and non-cognitive skills by providing highly qualified teaching, rigorous instruction, research based programs and access to technology.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

To ensure a high quality program which supports preparation and equitable access resulting in college success for ALL students, especially those who are most underrepresented in post-secondary education.

Summer Sessions:

Students will take summer school classes every summer.

School History:

Design Science Middle College High School has made headlines in recent years for its success stories. Winning national awards such as STEM Honor Roll School, and California awards such as Gold Ribbon School, Honor Roll School and Title One Achievement School, having 100% graduation rate and also 100% college acceptances have all now become part of the Design Science legacy.

Beginning in 2004 with the purpose of serving first generation students, Design Science has moved to the head of the class by making the long awaited move to the Fresno City College campus in 2019 and joining in community partnerships that both support and inspire our graduates.

Design Science looks ahead to the emerging career choices in STEM education and helps each student plan a strategic course load designed to prepare them for their future private and public universities.

Social Networks:

Instagram @dsmchs

Additional Information:

All students are welcome to apply and entrance is gained through lottery in the freshman year only. Students will travel through classes with their cohort, learn to navigate college, challenge their learning through highly rigorous classes and activities. All students are expected to be A students and those who are not will attend tutoring and other classes to assist them with their learning. We believe all students can learn, all students can overcome challenges and all of our students can graduate from college if they so choose.