th 8 Grade PEP Academic Guidance School of Choice Which High School should I choose? Neighborhood School Magnet School School of Choice Multiple/ Intensive Pathway School Charter School High School Options Traditional & Innovative Schools • Public secondary schools, which are intended to provide comprehensive knowledge and school programming. • Traditional Example: North, South, East, GW, Lincoln, TJ, etc. • Innovative Examples: Manual, Bruce Randolph, West Leadership, etc. Application Process: • Students are automatically assigned to a homeschool and/or they may select one of these schools using the School of Choice enrollment process. High School Options Charter Schools • Charter schools are created and organized by teachers, parents, and community leaders. These schools operate independently of other schools and are allowed to create their own educational programs and policies. • Examples: DSST, Girls Athletic Leadership School, KIPP, etc. Application Process: • Like public schools, charter schools must use a lottery system when the number of applications exceeds their enrollment. • Charter schools may or may not participate in the School of Choice process. If they do, they may also require an additional application form. High School Options Multiple/Intensive Pathway Schools • Multiple and Intensive Pathway schools provide intensive supports for student groups with specific needs. They offer curriculum and supports that are more flexible for students than a traditional public school. • Examples: Emily Griffith, CLA, Florence Crittenton, PREP, DC-21, Summit, and Vista Magnet Schools • Magnet schools have specialized courses or curricula to attract students from all over the district. RTD bus passes are provided to students who live outside the school’s boundary. • Examples: DSA, CEC, DCIS, GW IB, DSISD etc. Application Process: • Both of these types of schools are usually smaller and may require additional application steps, in addition to the School of Choice form required by all schools. Magnet Schools Magnet School Programs • • • • • • • • CEC Middle College of Denver Denver School of the Arts Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) George Washington International Baccalaureate Center for Communication Technology at TJ Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design Northfield High School NEW: - DSA and TJ’s Center for Communication Technology are the only schools who select their students based on student’s audition and/or application. - All other magnet schools are now a part of the School of Choice lottery process. However, these schools may still require additional enrollment steps, such as participating in a mandatory orientation or completing an intent to enroll form. CEC Middle College of Denver 21 career programs CEC Middle College • Career Education Center Middle College of Denver (CEC) is dedicated to career exploration and college readiness. Students divide the day between academic classes and real-life career experiences. Juniors and seniors get a head-start on college, taking classes and earning full college credit on the Auraria campus. CEC Middle College • Parent and Student Information Tours o December 3rd, 9th, January 13th, 20th, and 27th from 7:30 – 9:00 am • Open House o November 12th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. o Talk to teachers, see career demonstrations, sample food, etc. • Application Process: o o o o o CEC Information Form 3 Teacher recommendations Attendance and academic record Mandatory parent meeting Student interview • Application Deadlines: o January 29th CEC Information Form o + January 29th School of Choice form Denver School of the Arts Denver School of the Arts • Denver School of the Arts is the only comprehensive secondary arts magnet in the Rocky Mountain region, offering grades 6 through 12. In addition to a challenging and rigorous academic program, students engage in intensive studies in 10 arts-focus areas. The school community of faculty, staff and students strive to achieve an exceptional level of performance resulting in outstanding postsecondary placements, test scores and personal fulfillment. Majors: Piano, Theatre, Visual Arts, Video Cinema, Vocal Music, Stagecraft and Design, Guitar, Band, Orchestra, Dance, Creative Writing, Denver School of the Arts • Visitation Mornings o November 3rd, 6th, 12th, 16th, and 19th from 7:35– 9:00 a.m. o A chance to learn about the different majors, tour the school and visit with DSA Administration. • Application Process: o Online application October 12th- November 20th at noon o Mandatory pre-audition parent meeting (Dec) o Audition (January) • Application Deadline: o November 20th (noon) school-specific online application Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) • DCIS, offering grades 6 through 12, focuses on international studies and offers five world languages. Students actively participate in local and global service-learning, leadership and travel programs, preparing to be college-ready and globally competent. DCIS is proud of its high graduation and college going rates. Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) • Open House o November 19th and January 21st from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. o October 6th, 14th, November 11th and January 12th from 8:00-9:30am. • Application Process: o Select DCIS (+language community preference) on School of Choice form (e.g. 1st choice - DCIS Chinese; 2nd choice – DCIS Japanese; etc.) o Once selected through choice process: • Mandatory orientation • Student interview with faculty to review interests, needs, strengths, etc. • Application Deadline: o January 29th School of Choice form George Washington International Baccalaureate (Special magnet program within GW) George Washington International Baccalaureate • Are you looking for a rigorous and rewarding high school experience? The International Baccalaureate diploma program at George Washington offers a globally focused liberal arts education for motivated and ambitious students. Students are immersed in six academic subjects and must participate in extra curricular activities. • Students who want to attend must select George Washington High School on their School of Choice form and check the interest box for International Baccalaureate. George Washington International Baccalaureate • Information Meetings: o October 15th and December 10th from 5:00-5:30pm (Guided Tours) and 5:30-6pm for the informational session • Application Process: o None o Accepted students will take placement tests in the Spring. • Application Deadline: o + January 29th School of Choice form The Center for Communication Technology Magnet (Special magnet program within TJ) Where creativity is our focus, technology is our tool, and communication is our goal. The Center for Communication Technology Magnet • The four-year, comprehensive Center for Communication Technology at Thomas Jefferson High School offers industry-standard training in Web Applications, Software Engineering, 3D Design, Robotics, and Broadcast/Broadband Journalism and Communications. The Center for Communication Technology gives students the opportunity to enhance their computer, technical and problem-solving skills as well as their oral, written and visual communication abilities. The Center for Communication Technology Magnet • Open House o October 1st from 6:00-8:00pm o CCT Magnet Open House – November 10th from 6:00-8:00pm • Application Process: o Online application at cctmagnet.com o Student essay o Teacher recommendations • Application Deadline: o January 9th school specific online application o + January 29th School of Choice form Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy is a K-12 educational environment that provides learning based on documented research that active learning, experiential investigation, and integrated arts are vital for the development of higher level thinking and of enthusiastic engagement inherent in lifelong learning. Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy • Tours o Fridays at 9:00 am by appointment with counselor. Call Main Office at 720-423-0200 to schedule your tour. • Application Process: • Attend Mandatory Essay/Interview Event • Submit Intent to Enroll form • Submit 2 Teacher Recommendations • Application Deadline: o January 29th “Intent to Enroll” application form o +January 29th School of Choice form Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design • DSISD is a 9-12th grade school that offers a rigorous curriculum in humanities and STEM-based CORE classes and empowers all students to take personal ownership of their education and reach their potential. DSISD provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college and their careers and play meaningful roles as citizens of the 21st century. • DSISD offers small classes, personalized learning plans and a 12 to 1 student-educator ratio in most classrooms. Students have access to the most technologically advanced learning tools, including a Chromebook for every student and a stateof-the-art technology lab equipped with a 3d printer. The curriculum includes self-directed learning opportunities, collaborative projects, internships, support from community mentors and an opportunity to earn up to 45 college credits. Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design • Open House Dates and Times: o October 29th, December 3rd, December 17th. January 14th, January 28th, March 24th and April 28th from 6:30-7:45pm. o Shadow mornings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 7:45-10:00am. To register, go to: http://dsisd.dpsk12.org/how-to-enroll/ • Application Deadline: o January 29th choice form Northfield High School Northfield High School • -Offers all three Project Lead the Way, a nationally renowned STEM organization, programs in Biomedical Science, Engineering and Computer Science. - Implement the Meaningful Math curriculum, a Common Core aligned, project based math program. - Implement the Next Generation Science Standards CPO Physics First program. - Offers the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship business program. Northfield High School offers arts programs in Music, Theatre, Studio Arts, and Dance. Currently an International Baccalaureate candidate school, Northfield will be the first in the district to offer IB Diploma Program courses in all four fields. - Northfield High School offers a politics and law program that partners with the Colorado Bar Association. Northfield High School • Open House Dates: o October 15th, November 12th, December 10th and January 7th at 6:00pm. • Application Deadline: o January 29th choice form o Contact Avi Tropper: Avi_Tropper@dpsk12.org How do I find a school that’s right for me? • Things to Consider o Location: How will you be getting to school on a daily basis? Who will drive you? Will you take RTD? o Extracurricular activities: Do the extracurricular activities offered at this school match your interests and hobbies? o School Culture/Environment: What is important to this school? Do students attend class and value their education? Do students and teachers treat one another with respect? o School Performance/Education: It’s important to research the schools’ drop-out rates and school performance (SPF) ratings. These ratings may indicate the quality of education you will receive. In addition, it’s important to research whether the school offers classes or programs that support your career goals and academic needs. Northwest - CEC Middle College - Girls Athletic Leadership School - North - STRIVE Prep – Highland - West Generation Academy - West Leadership Academy Southwest - Abraham Lincoln - DCIS - DSST: College View - Florence Crittenton - JFK - KIPP Denver Collegiate - Kunsmiller - Summit Academy Location by Region Far Northeast - Collegiate Prep Academy - DCIS at Montbello - DSST: GBR - DSST: Stapleton - High Tech Early College - MLK Jr. Early College - Noel Community Arts - Vista Academy - Northfield High School Near Northeast - Bruce Randolph - DC-21 - Denver Online - Denver Montessori HS - Denver School of the Arts - East - Manual - PREP Academy Southeast - Venture Prep - DSST: Byers - DSISD - George Washington - Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning - South - Thomas Jefferson School Performance (SPF) • Blue (exceeds expectations) o o o o East High School DSST Green Valley Ranch Denver School of the Arts (DSA) DSST Stapleton • Green (meets expectations) o o o o o o o o Career Education Center Middle College (CEC) Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) South Thomas Jefferson (TJ) George Washington (GW) KIPP Denver Collegiate STRIVE Prep –Excel Academy Denver Online School Performance (SPF) • Yellow (watch/approaching) o o o o o o o o o o o o o o North West Leadership Academy Martin Luther King Early College (MLK) STRIVE Prep – SMART Academy Bruce Randolph West Leadership DCIS Montbello John F. Kennedy (JFK) Ace Community Challenge Florence Crittenton HS Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy (KCAA) Vista Academy High Tech Early College Venture Prep Orange (priority on watch) o o o o Southwest Early College Abraham Lincoln P.U.S.H. Academy Collegiate Prep Academy What are the School Performance (SPF) ratings based on? Academic proficiency Academic growth rate Student engagement and satisfaction Parent satisfaction Re-enrollment & drop-out rates College and career readiness High School Exploration Resources High School Exploration Resources www.dpsk12.org Click on the “Parents & Students” tab for extremely helpful links!! * * * * * * High School Exploration Resource http://schoolmatch.dpsk12.org 9th Select Grade Enter your address Click Get started Basics Performance Special Programs Intensive Programs College & Career Readiness Athletics * After school Programs ELA services Overall SPF Rating Arts focus Engagement Center World languages Fitness Center Academic club Breakfast Graduation Rate Fine Arts Credit recovery AP courses Spirit Arts or music club Lunch Performing Arts Honors courses Basketball Community service club PE International Baccalaureate Concurrent enrollment Field hockey Club based on ethnicity Before-school programming International Focus Career/Tech education Golf Yearbook or Newspaper Uniform required Science Focus AVID Lacrosse Social clubs DPS standard curriculum American Indian Future Center Soccer Student leadership Tutoring Offered Expeditionary Learning ASCENT Soccer Newcomer Center Pre-collegiate Programs Softball - You will be asked to select the school categories JROTC and features that are most important to you. Pick 2 things that are important to you! * If you attend a specialized school that doesn’t offer sports, Swimming Tennis Track & field, Etc. http://schoolmatch.dpsk12.org Education Quality Extra-Curricular Location Regional HS EXPOs • Far Northeast o January 9th o 6:00-8:00pm o Evie Dennis Campus • Northwest/Near Northeast/Southwest/ South East o November 10th o 6:00-8:00pm o Sports Authority Field Next steps? 1. Attend a regional high school EXPO 2. Attend an Open House or take a school tour 3. Continue using the enrollment guides, school websites, and http://schoolmatch.dpsk12.org to research school options 4. Rank schools in order of preference (1 to 5) 5. Complete any other special application steps by the required deadlines 6. Submit your School of Choice form by January 29th at 4:00 pm • Please rank order the schools you are interested in attending on the handout provided.