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Juniors’ Hopes and Fears about the Adult School Campus

By Jacob Fisher

The San Mateo Adult School. Photo by author

The year is almost over, and the time has nearly come for the juniors of d.tech to uproot and move to a new campus yet again. The current location cannot support the incoming freshmen class, so the school is expanding to another location (the San Mateo Adult School)… for the third time. For some portion of juniors, this move is more complicated than past moves, because they will need to travel between the two campuses, due to classes being offered at both locations. They will also have to make sense of the fact that Rollins Road classes begin early, at the normal time, but Adult School classes don’t start until 12:30 (meaning there may be a weird gap in between morning and midday classes.)  

The San Mateo Adult School’s flat side. Photo by author

For these students’ transportation needs, there are two options: take the Oracle shuttle, or drive, neither of which appear to be very appealing. According to junior, Milo Aronica, taking the shuttle to and from Rollins Road would be time consuming, and would add to his already long commute from San Francisco. Junior, Tanner Gee, says that he doesn’t want to have to drive back and forth, then home again, because it will consume a lot of gas. When asked about how they felt about needing to come to school early to take classes at 1800 Rollins Road, Gee said that he doesn’t want to do that, but Aronica doesn’t see this as a problem because he will have a chance to see his (younger) friends, even if it would be annoying to have to leave at lunch.

A classic view of the San Mateo Adult School. Photo by author

The juniors who do not need to move back and forth between campuses, and are taking all their classes at the San Mateo Adult School, have a more positive view of the situation. These students get to begin school at 12:30, and have a reduced course load. Junior, Lauren Smith, thinks that it is nice that she will have so much free time in the morning, giving her the ability to take college classes, but also wonders if she is supposed to have lunch at home or at school. Junior, Ezra Graves, loves the idea of having so much time, saying that he can sleep in, take a paid job, internship, or class outside of school. However, he is disappointed that he won’t be able to hang out with his friends from the lower grades. When asked about how it feels to only have to take two to four classes, Smith said that it’s nice to have a different, more relaxed schedule than junior year. Junior, Nick Hom, however, thinks that having two to four classes will be no different than junior year, because he (and others) may also be taking classes at the College of San Mateo.

 

The annoyance of needing to have two campuses is offset by the fact that the school will be moving to the Oracle campus at the start of the second semester of next year. As we know, Oracle has decided to build d.tech a new campus, as part of an initiative by the Oracle Education Foundation. The foundation was founded in 2000, with the goal of supplying equipment to schools that couldn’t afford it. Smith is excited to see how this campus will turn out. Hom is excited for the new Design Realization Garage, the place where people can build whatever they want. Aronica hopes that the new Oracle Campus will be nice, but doesn’t think that it will be much of an upgrade or a downgrade, and Graves thinks that the Oracle campus is simply overhyped and that people are too excited about it.

 

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