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DSST Public Schools will prepare all graduates to continue their education at a four-year college or university. Students, parents and DSST staff are involved in the process of preparing to meet that goal from freshman through senior year. DSST graduation requirements exceed the Colorado Minimum Academic Preparation standards for entrance to four-year schools.
In addition to four years of rigorous academic curriculum, the schools engage students in the exploration of college options through the advisory College Success curriculum and College Planning Seminar classes at all grade levels, culminating in a required Senior College Seminar class in senior year to support students as they apply for college admission and financial aid. Students participate in required college field trips to Colorado college campuses at all grade levels. All college planning curriculum, activities, and support of students applying to colleges and universities and for financial aid is alignedith the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) Best Practices.
9th Grade Preparation
The goal of the College Success Curriculum during the freshman year is to provide a program that assists students in developing a college- bound mindset. Through exercises implemented during Freshman Seminar and prep academy advisory sessions, students learn that “9th Grade Counts” in the college preparatory process. All freshmen enroll in Naviance, a comprehensive college and career planning system for students and their families. As part of the Naviance program, 9th graders begin to explore options and interests using personal and career inventories. In addition, students receive an overview of financial resources available for college. Beginning with 9th grade, all students attend the DSST College Fair consisting of Colorado colleges and universities and visit a four-year university campus.
10th Grade Preparation
In Sophomore Seminar, students continue to explore different types of colleges and universities. Lessons focus on college selection factors and the connection between students’ interests, college majors and future career options. Students evaluate and reflect upon their academic progress and current college admission qualifications, developing improvement goals if needed.
11th Grade Preparation
All juniors take the Colorado State Mandated SAT in April. Any additional college entrance testing, including the ACT and SAT Subject Exams can be scheduled through ACT.org and the College Board. DSST college success staff support 11th grade advisors in exploring college options with their students. In addition there is individualized counseling session to meet with families to develop the list of prospective schools. The school provides information and support on researching college options,scheduling campus visits, and preparing for the senior application process through Junior College Seminar classes. The English curriculum includes a unit on “Writing the College Application Essay.”
12th Grade Preparation
Families continue their research of college options and finalize their list of intended applications. Students participate in weekly meetings of Senior College Seminar in the first trimester, with two additional classes per trimester in Tri 2 and Tri 3. All applications are completed before winter break. Applications to DSST partner colleges are completed by late October and students receive early admission decisions. Beginning in January, the school supports families in applying for federal student aid and other scholarships. On or before May 1 of the senior year all seniors will have decided where to enroll for post-graduate education.
Nuvia Mendoza, Coordinator of College Success, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DSST MONTVIEW (STAPLETON) HIGH SCHOOL (CEEB CODE - 060604)
We invite college representatives to schedule private visits to the DSST: Montview High School from mid-September through December. These visits provide a personal touch that may not be available in our school's literature. Representatives inform students about the school's admissions process along with deadlines, campus life, housing, majors available and scholarships. Students have the ability to ask questions and often, this is the chance for our students to meet the person who will read their applications in the future. Juniors and seniors are eligible to participate in these visits and register through the Naviance Program.