Why DSST: Cedar High School?
Close, caring relationships are at the heart of our approach and our school culture intentionally fosters strong relationships. We prepare students for college, with an emphasis on developing students through liberal arts learning (reading, writing, mathematics, and science). Students succeed through classroom environments that are structured for success and flourish in our many extracurricular activities and athletic programs.
The Cedar team is proud to bring the DSST promise—to prepare ALL students for success in college and the 21st century—to our families. Click here to meet the Cedar team!
- Physics, Honors Physics
- Physical Education
- World Literature & History
- Chemistry & AP Chemistry
- AP English Language
- AP English Literature
- U.S. History
- Biology and AP Biology
- Anatomy and Physiology
- AP Psychology
- AP Music Theory
- AP Spanish
- AP Computer Science
- AP Calculus
- Cross Country
- Boys and Girls Volleyball
- Boys and Girls Soccer
- Boys and Girls Basketball
- Black Student Alliance
- Latino’s Club
- Speech & Debate
- Rock Climbing
- Student Support Club
- Women’s Forum
- Muslim Student Association
- Dungeons and Dragons
- Outdoor Club
- Clothier Club
- Step Team
- Recruitment Committee
- College Committee
- Service Committee
- Pep Committee
- Speech and Debate
- Songwriting & Music Production
- Philosophy Club
- Jewish Cultural Club
- Drama Club
- Chess Club
- Auto Tech Club
- Art Club
In the 11th grade year, all DSST students participate in a 10-week long internship. The intention of the internship program is to give students an opportunity to explore different career paths and apply the learning they’ve done in classes to a real-world job. Each school has an Internship Coordinator, who is responsible for finding organizations and matching them with student interns based on the student’s interest. Students have been placed at organizations like the Denver Zoo, Atlas Physical Therapy, Mike Johnston for Colorado, and Teach for America, among others. Please click HERE for more information regarding the 11th grade internship program.
Internships take place during the school day, in place for an elective for one trimester of the year.
In the 12th grade year, all students will complete a Senior Project, intended to synthesize learning from their experiences throughout their time with DSST to culminate into a final, long-term project.
In order to fulfill DSST’s mission to eliminate educational inequity and serve all students, we must serve students with disabilities with excellence, to ensure they are welcomed, known and challenged through rigorous academic instruction to achieve their most ambitious post-secondary path. This requires embracing DSST’s view of the human condition and executing on a common set of guiding principles, foundational practices, and key levers that will translate into transformational outcomes for our students with disabilities.
We aim to ensure that all students with disabilities are known, welcomed, and challenged to succeed within our schools and to achieve their most ambitious post-secondary path. In pursuit of equity and inclusion for all students, we measure our success through the following metrics:
- Student and family sense of belonging
- Academic growth
- HS graduation rate
- Success in college or post-secondary programming
The following guiding beliefs are central to our goals for our students and our approach to ensuring the individual needs of all students are met at DSST. These principles guide our thinking and our decisions at the student, school and network level.
- All Means All - We believe all students, regardless of background, needs, or disability status, can thrive at DSST. In pursuit of our mission, we strive to serve all students’ diverse learning needs so that they may achieve rigorous outcomes while in our schools and succeed on their ideal post-secondary path.
- Culture of Inclusion - We believe students learn best when they are included in their community and classrooms to the fullest extent possible. Meeting this ambitious goal requires the full engagement and collaboration of all community members. A truly inclusive environment requires that parents have input and staff members share ownership of all students.
- Responsibility for Success - We believe that, ultimately, the success of all students is our responsibility. While we hold our students to high expectations and intentionally teach self-advocacy skills, we believe it is our job to provide the supports and instruction necessary to ensure students meet those expectations. We celebrate students’ successes and provide additional learning opportunities when students face obstacles.
- Learning Organization - Serving the diverse needs of all students requires curiosity, openness to new ideas and a drive to be on the forefront of best practices. We must be open to examining what is and is not working for students, trying new things, and adjusting course when necessary.
We provide services to student in Special Education in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:
- Push-in Special Education teachers serve within the general education classroom
- Pull-out services: Special Education teachers pull small groups from the general education classroom to provide Specially Designed Instruction
- Co-teaching- Some of our classes are co-taught with a gen-ed teacher and a special education teacher.
- Special Services, Students who have an identified need on their IEP may gain access to a variety of service providers including, Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Vision and Motor therapists, and Mental health service providers, School Psychologists and/or Social Workers.
- Intervention courses: Full courses to provide remedial support in reading or math
- In-class accommodations and modifications as determined by the IEP
- Testing accommodations and modifications as determined by the IEP
How to Enroll
DSST: Cedar High School is a tuition-free public school and participates in the DPS SchoolChoice enrollment process. To attend a DSST Public School you must submit a SchoolChoice form, which is available online on the SchoolChoice website.
Should your student be interested in transferring mid-year, please contact our school.
We know that seeing is believing. We are excited to offer in-person and virtual opportunities to visit our school this school year.
Families can explore our school building by taking a virtual tour or attend an upcoming event!