Structures for Success

  1. Will you offer students tutoring or academic support if they need help?

Yes - each teacher offers at least one day of after school tutoring for students who need help per week. This gives students the opportunity to get more practice and to get more help in a smaller group or one-on-one setting

  1. How much homework can a student expect to have?

Students can expect nightly homework from most of their classes - typically roughly an hour total.

  1. What is summer school? Do I have to attend?

Attendance during Summer School is mandatory for all new incoming students. We are excited to have your child begin their path to college at DSST. Summer School is one of the most important program requirements that we have to facilitate our students’ transition to our middle school. Program success in middle school is a critical first step to ensure that 100% of students will be accepted into a 4-year college or university.

  1. Will your school offer special education services?

Absolutely - it is part of our mission to serve each of our students to ensure that they are moving toward academic success. This certainly includes special education services and like any public school we will always provide students with the special education services provided in their plan (IEP etc.). Many DSST campuses also offer additional center based programs for students with specific disabilities.

  1. How will your discipline system work?

The DSST community is founded on the school’s six core values and all students, parents and teachers formally commit to doing their best to live and support these core values. The DSST core values provide students with the opportunity for self-improvement, individual growth, and character development, as well as support stewardship of our entire DSST community. Most student discipline issues are handled through direct conversation and using the student mistake as a “teachable moment.”  The student may be assigned to DSST’s discipline options (Refocus and/or College Prep sessions) which are utilized to address specific behavior issues. DSST follows Denver Public Schools’ guidelines regarding serious offenses. Please refer to the DPS website for more information.

Community and Culture

  1. What are DSST’s Core Values?

The six DSST Core Values are Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Courage, Curiosity and Doing Your Best. They are the foundation of DSST and are an active part in the daily lives of each community member. Visitors to our community most often remark that the values are not simply words on walls but are tangibly lived by students, staff, and families at DSST.

  1. What are Morning Meetings?

Morning Meetings, which happen most days of the week, start the day and give us a chance to spend time building our school culture and community. Often they include every DSST staff member and student but sometimes they just include one grade. They typically include things like “shout outs” where individuals can acknowledge others’ moments of living our Core Values, announcements and a program. The daily program theme changes but typical themes include our Core Values, college, career, self improvement and celebrations.

  1. What is an Advisory?

An advisory is a group of roughly 15 students, all of one gender, who meet with the same teacher (advisor) daily. The purpose of this group is to ensure that each student knows a smaller group of students and one teacher very well. It also provides each student with more localized support to ensure that no student slips between the cracks - it is the job of each advisor to ensure that they have a sense for what’s going on with each of their students and to help them when they may be in need. They can also act as a resource for families so that they have another person at the school whom they can contact about their child’s time at school.