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At DSST, we know our families and parents are vital partners in student success. We also know that kids, no matter their age, do not come with instruction manuals and that there are often many questions parents and caregivers have around their adolescent students. We asked DSST teachers, staff, and parents for their favorite resources to help answer some of the frequently asked questions about raising adolescents; check out this collection of their book recommendations and additional resources for families of middle and high school aged kids:
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This May, DSST Public Schools completed our 15th school year. Our first school, DSST: Montview High School (formerly DSST: Stapleton) opened in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver in the fall of 2004. In the 15 years since, we have opened 14 schools on 8 campuses and will expand into Aurora, Colorado this fall with the opening of Aurora Science & Tech Middle School.
For almost two years now, engaged students at both the middle and high schools have dedicated countless hours and tons of energy to both the idea of changing the name of DSST’s founding school. At the middle school, students were led by Writing teacher PJ Shields, who dedicated extensive class time over two years to work through these changes - both in conversation and through research and writing projects. At the high school, this was done in partnership with Colorado Youth Congress (CYC).
Olivia, a 9th grader at DSST: Conservatory Green High School, testified at the State Capitol back in January to advocate for a bill that would automatically enroll high performing high school students into advanced classes.
Last month, College View High School celebrated 100% of their founding class being admitted into college. Almost 90% of these graduates will be the first generation of their families to attend college next year. This class is full of dedicated and resilient students- and two of them are deeply involved in immigrant rights activism, both locally and nationwide. Fabi and Jasmine, activists and good friends, shared some highlights of their work, and their hopes and dreams for the years to come.
Every one of our graduating seniors has a fascinating story to tell - and there are some we have been fortunate enough to learn about through a short but powerful 500 word college essay. One of those is DSST: Cole senior Reem , who opened up about shattering beauty norms that were unconsciously enforced by both family members and society at large.
Flor is an alumni of DSST: Cole High School and currently a Freshman at Claremont McKenna College in California. Even though she's busy wrapping up her first year of school, we we're lucky enough to be able to talk to her about the challenges and successes that she has encountered so far!
With Senior Signing Day less than one month away, hearing the diverse and compelling stories of our graduating Seniors makes us even more excited for this unforgettable day. We heard these stories during speeches at College Acceptance Celebrations, interviews with Questbridge Scholars, and of course, the all-important college essay. DSST: Stapleton Senior Iftu expanded on the unique experiences that led her to write an especially memorable essay.