A camping we will go!  During early June, DTS students and staff spent three beautiful days and two fun nights in nature, disconnecting from their phones, tablets and computers, to connect with themselves and one another.  Led by Camp Director Jamie Phillips, the days were full of swimming, rock wall climbing, archery, arts and crafts, and canoeing.  Evenings were spent around the campfire making s’mores, participating in team building activities, and even staging a talent show.   DTS Outdoors facilitates bonding as a group and nudges students out of their comfort zones.  For many of our high school students, DTS Outdoors…

College Acceptances!

After some 2,500 hours spent in Determined to Succeed’s program during their high school careers, the class of 2019 have been accepted to a host of California universities, as well as many private colleges across the country. We could not be more proud of our graduating seniors and cannot wait to learn about their final decisions!
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High School Students Spotlight

A big congratulations to Ernesto (left in photo) and David (right)of the High School 2020 Class for all their hard work  – they both scored in the TOP 2.5% of ALL Hispanic/Latino students in California on the PSAT/NMSQT! AND in continuing to blaze his own trail, David has been accepted to the highly selective Franklin & Marshall College Prep Program. David will spend 3 weeks this summer on campus in Lancaster, PA while he takes classes taught by college professors.  All expenses are covered by Franklin and Marshall College and David will receive a $500 stipend once he completes the program.
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College Student Spotlight

Diana, member of the College 2020 Class, is a junior at Franklin & Marshall College whose passion for public health has led her to studies in China and India, with South Africa, Vietnam and Argentina to come this fall.  Eager to maximize her college experience, she was also recently accepted to the highly competitive University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program for the summer. This impressive young woman is not only pursuing her dreams in college, but is also maintaining connection to her community by serving on the DTS Student Advisory Board, leading summer book club discussions, and acting as a mentor and…
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A Note From The Directors

This March, the madness reached far beyond the college basketball arena.  As admissions decision letters landed in students’ mailboxes, disturbing news of cheating the process dominated the headlines.  Last week, one of our students in Compton marveled at her acceptance to an elite college – USC – while families living just miles away, but worlds apart, faced arrest and expulsion.  The yin and yang was striking.  A national conversation about the inequities in education has been ignited, and we echo much that has already been written and said about the college admissions process in light of the events of the…
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