FAQs

General

  1. What are the start and end times of school?

We start at 8:15 each morning and end at 3:30 each day except Wednesday. On Wednesday, we dismiss at 2:00 p.m.

  1. Does DSST offer transportation to and from school?

DPS runs bus routes that run to and from our school as well as several other local schools. Important to note is that we do not manage nor control these routes, as they are entirely district run. We encourage families to call DPS Transportation at 720 423 4699 or go to http://transportation.dpsk12.org/ and ask for information concerning all bus routes serving DSST: College View. For RTD route and schedule information, please visit http://www.rtd-denver.com/ or call 303.638.9000. Monthly bus passes also may be purchased at a local King Soopers.

  1. What competitive sports does your school have?

Soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, cross country, ultimate frisbee

  1. What clubs are offered at your school?

Mock trial, National Honors Society, robotics, gay-straight alliance, jam band/music club, multicultural club, bike club, yearbook, service learning, art club, quiz bowl, dance, cheerleading

  1. What are the AP course offerings that are typical of a DSST high school?

DSST is committed to not just offering AP courses, but to ensuring that students will be successful on the AP exams in order to earn college credit. Our philosophy continues to be that depth is more valuable than breadth when it comes to advanced course offerings while also offering a variety of high quality AP courses. In addition, DSST Byers is very responsive to its high achieving student body and will plan its course offerings accordingly to ensure this high level of academic rigor continues throughout students’ high school years.

Confirmed AP Course Offerings

Potential AP Course Offerings

AP US History

AP Calculus (AB & BC)

AP Chemistry

AP Biology

AP Physics

AP Spanish

AP English Language

AP English Literature

AP Psychology

AP Statistics

AP Computer Science

AP Music Theory


Structures for Success

  1. Do 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?

Typically, students will be assigned homework in each class every night, ranging from 1-2 hours worth.

  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. Does 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 does 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.


College, Internships and Senior Projects

  1. How do you help students in applying and getting into college?

DSST is dedicated to the college placement process for each and every student and begins this process as soon as high school begins. The college process will be an ongoing and regular conversation with students, with information and resources infused throughout their high school experience, particularly through DSST’s unique Advisory Program and Morning Meetings (offered daily). Multiple visits to colleges will also be part of this plan. The DSST network provides tremendous college placement support to all its campuses. Each high school within the network employs a full-time College Placement Director.

  1. What are DSST’s internships and Senior Projects?

In the 11th grade year, all students will participate in a 10-week long internship, giving them an opportunity to apply some of the learning they’ve done in classes to a real-world job. In the 12th grade year, all students will complete a Senior Project, intended to synthesize learning from their experiences throughout their time with DSST.