DSST BLOG

01/29/20

How Your Taxes Affect College Financial Aid Opportunities

With January coming to an end, not only does it mean that the days are getting (ever-so-slightly) longer, but tax season has officially arrived. Whether you file early or for an extension, how you file this year’s taxes can have a lasting impact for years in the future, especially when it comes time to fill out FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Completing the FAFSA helps you pay for college!

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Topics: College Success

10/18/19

College & Career Success Month

October is not just spooky season- it’s College & Career Success Month! And while a track record of 100% of seniors solidifying post secondary plans doesn’t happen in just one month’s time, there has certainly been a flurry of October initiatives to get students ready for their next step. We are excited to share the innovative strategies that DSST's College Success teams across the network have been implementing this year!

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Topics: College Success

07/26/19

3 things your high schooler can do today to begin their college application process

The college process is daunting, and it can be difficult to know where (and when!) to begin. The DSST College Success team encourages families and students to start thinking about the college applications early in their high school career to ensure that you are set up to succeed when Junior and Senior years roll around.

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Topics: College Success

12/21/18

College Success at CGHS

This past fall DSST sat down with four 10th grade students at Conservatory Green (CG) High School (Joyce Caballos, Jeremiah Warren, Nicole Huerta, and Bryan Mendoza-Gonzalez)  to get a sense of their college aspirations, excitement or fears around the application process and how they want to change the world. CG High School provides resources to help prepare each of its students for the next step in their academic journey. DSST is thankful for all of the parents and DSST staff that allow students to dream big through College Success programs.  

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Topics: College Success

11/02/18

The Road to College Success at DSST

Preparing students for success in college, career, and in life is written into our DNA at DSST. However, the colleges our graduates ultimately attend can either serve as a launchpad into a fulfilling career, or a frustrating roadblock to excellence. It’s why we take extra care to ensure that our students have the opportunity to choose a college that will support their academic, social, emotional, and financial needs. This spans from college fairs and college visits to using individual student and college data to help students craft their college list. Across the network, students have been participating in various activities to help find their perfect fit, because we understand that while college acceptance is a celebrated first step, it does not always mean college success. 

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Topics: College Success

10/02/18

4 Questions to Consider as You Create Your College List

With so many facets to the college application process, it can be daunting for students and their families to know where to begin. A good starting point, and a crucial piece of the application process, is creating a college list. DSST High School students begin their lists Junior year, leaving time to do research, visit campuses, and narrow down the list to the 5-7 schools that will receive an application come November or January.

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Topics: News, Updates, & Events, Our Program, College Success

05/11/18

Explore Your Dream Job: DSST's Professional Internship Program

Being a high school student is stressful, and the pressure to study to go to your top college and reach your dream job can make it even more so. On top of all of that, thinking about choosing a career path can be incredibly daunting, especially as a 16-year-old. However, DSST strives to ensure that all students have an opportunity to explore a career path that they are interested in. We do this by incorporating a class into the high school curriculum where students attend professional internships during their junior year. In these internships, “students are able to figure out what they want to do in the future… see if they see themselves in that career,” says Maggie Dering, the Internship Coordinator at DSST: Cole High School.

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Topics: Our Program, College Success

04/27/18

#SeniorSpotlight

Zia Ahmadi is a senior at DSST: Green Valley Ranch and has applied to USC, the University of Denver and Colorado School of Mines. Here are a few thoughts and reflections as he prepares for graduating from DSST and going to college.

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Topics: College Success

04/24/18

#Seniorspotlight

In this week's #Seniorspotlight DSST: Cole Senior Iesha Essien talks about DSST staff who have helped and influenced her, lends some words of advice to younger students and talks about what she feels proud about as she has been accepted to college and is on the verge of graduation.

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Topics: College Success

03/16/18

DSST's College Success Program Helps Students Find Their Path

Caroline’s parents were feeling stressed, and so was she. This wasn’t usual, since she was a high-performing junior at DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School, and she never had an issue getting her homework done. This week, though, her advisor Nicole Rawson had told her about Questbridge, a program for college-bound high school students that matched them to elite colleges and universities.

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Topics: College Success

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