The student services office houses your high school counselor, middle school counselor, school nurse and testing coordinator. We are here to help support our students socially, emotionally and academically during their time at SCS.  This website to help high school students and parents easily access information, schedule appointments, and stay up to date on upcoming activities and deadlines. 

FAFSA Drive-In events are happening around the state April 10, 17, and 24. Encourage seniors and their families to get FAFSA help. In addition to in-person events at 17 locations, there will be virtual FAFSA assistance statewide on those days. More information and a map of locations here (or from, search FAFSA Drive-In). Scroll down to see the list of sites. Not all locations are represented on the graphic.

Options for 13-18 yr. olds

Durham Parks and Rec locations offering support for older students.  They can go just in the afternoons from 2:30 – 5:30 or they can go all day from 8:30 – 1:30. Maybe it would help some students get some school work done if they were to get out of the house a little.  

Food Resources








*PARENTS please follow the link below for valuable resources on communicating with your students about COVID-19.  I want everyone to stay safe and informed.  I miss my students and I hope to see them soon!  

Important Dates & Information

Class of 2021 we want to acknowledge your perseverance in this unprecedented school year.  You have continued to work hard and push forward and SCS is proud of you!  Please complete the form below so we can document your college acceptance and scholarship offers. We will NOT announce your acceptance or scholarship information without your permission. You can complete more than one form as you receive more acceptance and scholarship letters.  Keep working hard!

*The Triangle Regional Career Expo takes place virtually on Wednesday, May 5th from 2-4pm. Employers will be there with jobs specifically for graduating seniors! Interested students must register to attend at


You are required to upload a quality resume to your profile for this event. Please create a resume following these instructions.

In preparation for this event, there will be a virtual resume and mock interview session on Wednesday, April 21. Career Development Coordinators across the district will assist students with a virtual resume review and mock interviews. (see details below).

Virtual Resume Assistance – Wednesday April 21st (Morning)

It is recommended you have a DPS career counselor review your resume prior to attending the career expo. Sign up for a 10-minute time slot between 10am-12pm. Please arrive with a completed resume.

Virtual Mock Interview – Wednesday April 21st (Afternoon)

If you would like help preparing to be interviewed at the career expo, sign up for a 15-minute time slot with a DPS career counselor between 1pm-3pm. You must sign up separately for the resume assistance and mock interview sessions. Prepare for the mock interview by reading these tips.

*Vance Granville Community College is offering a webinar to help seniors prepare for the May 5th Triangle Career Expo:


Preparation for Triangle Career Expo

Join Cherrelle Lawrence, Dean of Corporate Learning and Professional Development with Vance Granville Community College as she takes high school seniors on a journey in preparation for the May 5th Triangle Career Expo. All seniors interested in starting a career upon high school graduation are invited to participate in this exciting experience. Topics include: Preparing an Elevator Pitch, Building a Good Cover Letter and Resume, Mock Interviewing, Dressing for Success, and The Job Search Process. Join these sessions to prepare for the Triangle Career Expo, and to ready yourself for the Labor Market before you graduate!


Dates (choose either session):

Apr 22, 2021 06:00 PM
Apr 29, 2021 06:00 PM


Register at


*Oppti-At Oppti, we work to bring opportunities to you through our free, easy-to-use online platform where high school students can access thousands of internships, volunteer, job, and other opportunities in their desired pathways.

Audacity Labs is pleased to announce that starting next week, all DPS high schoolers can schedule tutoring with Duke students for support with math and literacy on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Tutoring will take place over zoom through four, 30min slots on these evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm. These sessions are entirely free in pursuit of providing the needed academic support for success in a virtual environment.

*Any seniors interested in pursing a career in education/teaching our Durham Public Schools HR department is spearheading a program that will support students with college applications. Please click the link below to register.  


*Updated SAT testing information

*Updated ACT testing information


*Students and families in need of conflict resolution services to include, parent-teen conflicts, roommate/shared living conflicts, neighbor-neighbor conflicts, Co-parenting mediation (and more) please reach out to the Conflict Resolution Center.  They are providing remote services at no or low cost through video or teleconference.  Please click the link below for more information

*Students and parents please check out the preview of's new next generation website.  This is one of my absolute favorite websites to gain information on your future plans. 

Young Men of Excellence Program is a free college readiness and career preparation program for young men of color from ages 11-17.  For more information click the link below 

The Emily K Center is offering free assistance to students and parents in need of assistance with completing the FAFSA and the RDS application.    Please visit Emily K Center's College Game Plan Calendar to help your student with FREE ACT/SAT prep.  Click the link below to set up an appointment.

*If your student is in need of mental health services please click the link below for referral information

Durham Tech College Liason

High school students our Durham Tech college liason, Adam DeSantis

( will be on campus monthly to help students with the college application and enrollment process.  He is also available to speak with students and parents interested in the Career and College Promise (CCP) dual enrollment program.

Emily K College Advisor

We are happy to welcome Christina Villegas to our SCS team.  She will join us as the Emily K college advisor for all high school students.  She will be on campus at least once a week and will also be meeting with students in the classrooms to help with college prep starting in the 9th grade.  If any student or parent would like to meet with Ms. Villegas please contact Mrs. Settle to schedule an appointment.  Students may also visit the Emily K Center Mon-Thurs from 4-7pm.


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