DTS is an eight-year program that serves highly motivated, low income*, first generation students beginning the summer before 9th grade through college graduation. Recruited at the end of 8th grade, students are accepted based on a combination of recommendation(s), written application, and in-person interview. There is no minimum middle school GPA requirement. Currently, DTS serves students at Hamilton High School, a Title 1 Los Angeles high school, but will seek to replicate our success at other schools in the near future.
Each 9th grade class enrolls approximately 12 students each year. Students have weekly one-on-one check-ins with their Advisor and unlimited access to the Math, Science, and Testing Specialist. Regular meetings with the Health and Wellness Director, College Access and Success Counselor, and Executive Director ensure students are supported in all areas. Field trips, guest speakers and college visits are an integral part of our high school program, as are workshops for parents to familiarize the entire family with the college preparation process.
*To qualify, students must be eligible for a government-funded free school lunch program.