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, 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 • • • • 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 2014 and January 14th, 2015 from 7:30 – 9:00 am • Open House o Wednesday January 28th 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 30th CEC Information Form o + January 30th 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, 7th, 12th, 14th, 17th, and 18th from 7:30– 10:00 a.m. o A chance to learn about the different majors, tour the school and visit with DSA Administration. • Application Process: o Online application due November 21st at noon o Mandatory pre-audition parent meeting (Dec) o Audition (January) • Application Deadline: o November 21st (noon) school-specific online application o + January 30th School of Choice form 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 20th from 9:00 – 7:30 p.m. in auditorium • 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 on January 22nd • Student interview with faculty to review interests, needs, strengths, etc. • Application Deadline: o January 30th 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 December 3rd and January 14th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. • Welcomefest (activities and extracurricular showcase) o January 29th at 5:30 p.m. • Application Process: o None o Accepted students will take placement tests in the Spring. • Application Deadline: o + January 30th 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 December 2rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Application Process: o Online application at cctmagnet.com o Student essay o Teacher recommendations • Application Deadline: o January 9th school specific application o + January 30th 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. Call Main Office at 720-423-0200 to schedule your tour. • Application Process: • Attend Mandatory Essay/Interview Event on January 10th. • Submit Intent to Enroll form • Submit 2 Teacher Recommendations • Application Deadline: o January 30th “Intent to Enroll” application form o +January 30th School of Choice form 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 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 - George Washington - Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning - South - Thomas Jefferson School Performance (SPF) • Blue (exceeds expectations) o East High School o DSST Green Valley Ranch o DSST Stapleton • Green (meets expectations) o o o o o o o o o o Career Education Center Middle College (CEC) Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) South Denver School of the Arts (DSA) George Washington (GW) Martin Luther King Jr. Early College (MLK) High Tech Early College KIPP Denver Collegiate STRIVE Prep –SMART Academy Girls Athletic Leadership School School Performance (SPF) • Yellow (watch/approaching) o o o o o o o o o o o o o North West Leadership Academy Denver Online Abraham Lincoln Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy (KCAA) John F. Kennedy (JFK) Thomas Jefferson (TJ) Noel Community Arts Vista Academy Emily Griffith High School Sims-Fayola International Academy High Tech Early College Venture Prep • Orange (priority on watch) o Bruce Randolph o Southwest Early College o 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 School Performance (Graduation Rates) • 90% or above o Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) o Denver School of the Arts (DSA) o Martin Luther King Jr. Early College (MLK) • 80% or above o o o o o CEC Middle College East Bruce Randolph George Washington DSST – Stapleton • 70% or above o John F. Kennedy o Thomas Jefferson • 60% or above o o o o Abraham Lincoln Manual North South 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 Northwest - December 10th - 9:00 – 11:00 am - North HS Southwest - December 3rd - 9:00 – 1:00 am - Lincoln HS Far Northeast - December 3rd - 10:00 am – noon - Evie Dennis Campus Near Northeast - December 6th - 6:00 – 8:00 pm - Bruce Randolph Southeast - December 3rd - 10:00 am – noon - Merrill MS 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 30th at 4:00 pm • Please rank order the schools you are interested in attending on the handout provided.