Why DSST: Montview 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 with clear academic and behavioral expectations, and flourish in our many extracurricular activities and athletic programs.
The Montview 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 Montview team!
Each year, students take a base of core classes which include a Science, Social Studies, English, Math, and Spanish (Native and Non-Native) course. Each course includes elements of differentiation to help meet students where they are and challenge them to continue to grow.
Our class offerings also include support classes as needed for particular students. For our multilingual learners, we offer Academic English and English Across the Disciplines classes. For our students with IEPs, we offer both push-in and pull-out support as needed.
- Integrated Algebra & Geometry 1, Integrated Algebra & Geometry 2 Honors
- Elective - Fitness/ Entrepreneurship/ Creative Engineering
- Integrated Algebra & Geometry 2, Honors Algebra 2
- Honors Precalculus
- Chemistry (AP option available)
- World Literature
- World History
- Elective: Journalism/ Studio Art/ Creative Engineering
- Algebra 2, Honors Precalculus
- AP Calculus AB
- Biology (AP option available)
- US History (AP option available)
- American Literature
- Critical Skills
- Earth Science
- AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC
- Biochemistry & Biotechnology
- Advanced Physics & Engineering (AP option available)
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP English Language and Composition
- Civics, Senior Project
- Advanced Theatre Production
- Comedy Studies,
- AP Psychology
DSST: Montview is a CHSAA member school in the 3A division and a member of the Frontier League. DSST provides a program that fosters participation and enjoyment of interscholastic team competition, as well as non-competitive fitness activities. The athletic program emphasizes high level skill and strategies, teamwork, good sportsmanship, school spirit, character building and fun. The goal is to provide each student with a sense of affiliation, motivation, and accomplishment by balancing a challenging experience with support and encouragement. The non-competitive fitness options, which include activities like yoga, and weightlifting and mindful/stress buster emphasize the acquisition of fundamental life-long skills
The athletic program is an integral part of DSST's curriculum and emphasizes living the school's Core Values. In order to fulfill the Physical Education graduation requirement, students must successfully complete three credits by participating in athletics, lifetime activities or outside athletic participation. Students must remain in good academic standing in order to be eligible to participate in athletics and all school rules and policies apply to athletics.
- Womens Volleyball
- Mens and Womens Basketball
- Mens and Womens Cross Country
- Mens and Womens Soccer
- Art Club
- Music Club
- National Honor Society
- Science Club
- Video Game Club
- Foosball (Table Soccer) Team
- Black Student Alliance
- Asian Cultural Alliance
- Latino Student Alliance
- Gay Straight Alliance
- Mock Trial
- Global Minds Club
- Ethics Club
- Service Learning
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.
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 of their choice. In the past, our students have successfully completed a wide variety of projects, from designing a working drone to holding a voter registration drive; from building a tiny house to a fundraising to reduce medical debt. Senior projects are intended to synthesize learning from their experiences throughout their time with DSST and culminate into a final, long-term project and presentation.
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 aligned with 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.
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: Montview 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. Round 1 of the process will be open in January and Round 2 will begin in April. Round 2 is contingent on how many seats are available.
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.