Robust summer programming is a critical element of the DTS curriculum. Research indicates that historically disadvantaged student groups experience summer learning loss (starting the academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of summer break) at a disproportionately higher rate than their peers. To combat summer learning loss and to enrich our college-going culture, DTS requires students entering 9th grade through freshman year of college to participate in specific targeted summer programs and provides ample opportunities for students to spend their summers doing challenging activities that they enjoy, both in Los Angeles and on college campuses from coast to coast. DTS also believes in downtime! Students are required to participate in four weeks of formal programming, and we support students pursuing their own interests the rest of the summer, whether it’s volunteering at an animal shelter, shadowing a professional in a field of interest, or even learning to swim.
All DTS college students are required to retain meaningful summer jobs or internships to prime their career readiness pumps. DTS provides our college students with resume and cover letter assistance, and helps guide them through the application and interview process. Just as our students’ interests run the gamut, so do their summer experiences. Examples of DTS college student summer activities include Getty Multicultural Internships, summer associate positions at nonprofit organizations through the Americorps VISTA program, Appell Fellowship projects, and employment at accounting firms, apartment management companies and retail establishments.