The DTS Inside Out Principle permeates every aspect of our high school curriculum. We foster students’ connection with their own bodies by practicing fitness, healthful eating habits and meditation. We work within our students’ families by involving parents in their child’s educational journey and providing parent-focused educational workshops. We operate our program within high schools where students feel comfortable and need not travel. We create supportive peer networks within and among our classes, and provide layers of staff support.
Every cohort will have a different DTS experience because the program will continue to evolve as it grows. However, advice from one student to another will always be at the core of DTS. It’s what makes it so special. Nothing is more valuable than the words of someone just like you, telling you exactly what to expect and how to approach it. – Katherine, College Student
During our summer Bridge to High School program, we introduce the Six Touchpoints while students begin the process of connecting – with themselves, with one another, with their DTS class, with other DTS classes, with their Advisor, with the DTS staff, with their new school, and with a college-going culture. These initial connections continue to develop and intertwine throughout high school to create positive growth experiences as students expand their focus outward to the college experience that lies ahead. Over time, students realize that each and every Touchpoint relies on the others and requires attention and nourishment.
The DTS program is high touch and holistic. Each week, every student meets for a one-on-one check-in with his or her Advisor and has unlimited access to the DTS Math and Science Specialist. Every student also has regular check-in meetings with the Health and Wellness Director, the College Access and Success Counselor, and the Co-Executive Director. This constant stream of support touches academics, health and wellness, and college preparation, while fostering executive functioning skills, in a safe and caring environment. Field trips, STEM courses, guest speakers, and college visits are an integral part of our high school program, as are workshops for parents to help normalize the college preparation process for the entire family.
DTS does a good job with keeping the cohort groups small. It is easier to create a community, and more importantly a family, with small groups as opposed to large groups. – Raul, College Student