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Mission / Vision

Delaware Design-Lab High School was founded by Dr. Cristina Alvarez and Dr. Martin Rayala of Design-Lab Schools, LLC. Design-Lab High was chartered by the State of Delaware Board of Education in 2013 and opened in August 2015 after a rigorous planning and development process. The school opened with over 230 students in 9th and 10th grades on an 11 acre wooded campus at 179 Stanton Christiana Road near the Christiana Mall in Newark, Delaware. The planned incremental development of the school adds 11th graders in 2016-17 and 12th graders in 2017-18 with a target enrollment of 600 students in grades 9-12.
 
Our Mission is to: DELIGHT STUDENTS WITH EDUCATION BEYOND IMAGINATION IN THE MOST INNOVATIVE SCHOOL ON THE PLANET.
 
DELAWARE DESIGN-LAB HIGH SCHOOL is a community-based tuition-free public charter high school whose mission is to educate every student, at any level of development, optimizing each one’s opportunity to succeed in post-secondary college and careers.
 
We design every aspect of the school experience to ensure optimum academic and social growth. A Design-Lab School education features safe, civil school culture; dynamic learning environment; innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Media and Design (STEMD™) curriculum; and Design Learning practices that encourage communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
 
DELAWARE DESIGN-LAB HIGH SCHOOL students learn to be innovators, which builds their creative capital. Our graduates enter into a whole new socio-economic class, referred to as the "creative class", improving the economic trajectory of their lives.  This mission supports our vision to create a more just and inclusive world, a world that works for everyone, by design.
 
Our Vision is to: PRODUCE THE NEXT GENERATION OF INNOVATORS WHO BECOME THE PROBLEM-SOLVERS OF THE WORLD.
 
Our Vision is to transform K-12 students from any background, and at any level of development, into high performing innovators, problem-solvers, and successful leaders and entrepreneurs. Our aim is to create a more just and inclusive world, by making Design-Learning a national model for K-12 education, demonstrating its capacity to be a new learning paradigm that transforms education beyond imagination.