The DTS college preparation curriculum consists of two equally important components – College-Going Culture and College Fundamentals.
From day one, our students inhabit a College-Going Culture, where course selection, extracurricular activities, time management, and myriad other facets of high school life are acknowledged as steps on the path to college and prime students for the rigors they will face once there. Students benefit from being part of a peer group, learning from one another, and experiencing the college-going culture collectively. Our internal weekly news blast, visits from college admissions offices, and group college visits all serve to connect DTS students to one another and to feel part of something larger than themselves.
College Fundamentals are factors in the DTS college-going culture, and they consist of: Individual college counseling; SAT/ACT test preparation; individual college application and financial aid application assistance; two-week summer College Application Boot Camp for rising 12th graders; local college campus visits, fly outs to non-local campuses, and admissions visits; and a multi-day group California college trip. Our full-time College Access and Success Counselor meets with all students on a one-on-one basis beginning in ninth grade and continuing throughout high school on a graduating scale. She monitors students’ course selection, grades and study plans, and helps place students in their best-fit schools, where they will receive adequate financial aid and appropriate academic and social support.