DSST BLOG

12/04/19

4 Things to Consider Before DPS SchoolChoice

In Denver, any student who wants to attend a school other than their neighborhood school can take part in School Choice; and round 1 of the School Choice window opens on January 15! Denver families will have from January 15 until February 18 to submit their School Choice form on the DPS School Choice website. However, if your family isn’t quite ready to fill out the online school choice form, do not fret. The window is not first-come, first-serve, so you still have plenty of time to investigate your options.

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Topics: Our Program

07/02/19

Books & Resources for Parents

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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Topics: Our Program

06/20/19

Celebrating 15 Years: DSST's Year in Review

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.

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Topics: News, Updates, & Events, Community Stories, Our Program

05/13/19

Hornet & Falcon help turn bill into law

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. 

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Topics: News, Updates, & Events, Community Stories, Our Program

04/24/19

Celebrating COURAGEOUS Student Activists

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.

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Topics: Our Program

04/18/19

Behind the Essay: A Senior Breaks Beauty Norms

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.

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Topics: Our Program

03/15/19

Celebrating the Founding Class at DSST: College View

As college admittance letters continue to come in and Senior Signing Day looms around the corner,  you can feel the excitement building across the network as we celebrate our incredible seniors. If it wasn’t for the epic bomb cyclone this week, Cole’s Class of 2019 would have celebrated their 100% college acceptance success on Thursday as well. But on Monday afternoon, middle schoolers, high schoolers, friends and family of the College View Founding Class packed into the gym, decorated with posters created by 9th & 10th graders, to celebrate their founding class.

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Topics: Our Program

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

04/17/18

#SeniorSpotlight

My name is Eve Guess, and I am a senior at DSST: Stapleton High School. After graduating high school, I intend to pursue higher education at an accredited university. Of the eight schools I applied to, I am most interested in continuing my education at a Historically Black College or University. I am very excited to have been accepted to Hampton University and will be incredibly involved in clubs and organizations at my school. My plans after earning my degree include becoming a biotechnician and working in a research lab that focuses its efforts on genetic and heritable diseases. I will then return to school to begin graduate work toward my master's in science. Moving forward, I would like to work in the area of research and medicinal development.

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Topics: Community Stories, Our Program

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