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. 

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!

Catawba College will have a virtual visit on Wednesday, February 17th at 11am.  This session is open to all high school students.  We are encouraging seniors to participate so they can learn more about the Catawba Promise Opportunity Scholarship. All seniors that complete an application ( and apply for FAFSA could qualify. This scholarship would be an addition to any other grants, scholarships, or aid.


Spring Testing Sessions: Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery is a two-phase process by which students can earn credit for a course by demonstrating a deep understanding and mastery of application of the content standards prior to classroom instructional time.  Students who accomplish CDM will receive a pass/fail grade and course credit.

High School Students:  All DPS high school students are eligible to request an opportunity to earn credit through CDM.

Middle School Students:   All DPS middle school students may request a CDM opportunity or any high school course offered at the middle school level. 


  • EOC Courses / Testing Window / March 2- March 12

                 (Math 1, Math 2, Biology, English 2)


  • Non-EOC Courses / Testing Window / March 2- May 1


  • Deadline for Applying / February 28th


  • Registration Link:

College Board is hosting our first-ever series of virtual college fairs called BigFuture Days. Sophomores and juniors can sign up for a chance to connect directly with college admissions representatives and current college students. They'll have a chance to explore colleges in a way that's not overwhelming, ask questions about topics they want to learn about, and take action on key college planning steps. Please register at  Students can attend more than one session.

West & Southwest: March 30th, Southeast: April 29th, Northeast: March 7th, and Midwest April 18th.  

The Air Force RPTC Diversity and Inclusion team is hosting an HBCU Alumni Panel on 24 Feb @ 1700 EST for our prospective high school students, college walk-ons, and sharing it with our cadets who may be interested. The panel hosts 5 Officers from 4 different colleges. The theme is "I love my HBCU" which is where people show their pride in their school, say why they picked that school, and talk about their experiences as a student and after graduation. 

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!  

DPSF Youth Advisory Council Openings

The Durham Public Schools Foundation (DPSF) is excited to announce open recruitment for the DPSF Youth Advisory Council. All DPS students grades 8th through 12th grades are eligible to apply. The Youth Advisory council will give students experience to develop their leadership and learn about how to impact change in their schools and communities. Students who participate in the council will receive a $200 stipend for their time. Activities will remain virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic. The DPSF Youth Advisory Council has the following goals for this calendar year:

1) Plan and execute the second annual 2021 Durham Youth Equity Summit

2) Build a Youth to Youth COVID Support Program

3) Advocate for increased youth leadership and engagement in Durham Public Schools

 The application is due Monday, March 1st. Please contact Alyzia McAlmon with any questions you may have while completing this application (

ATTENTION SENIORS! Here is a list of colleges with late application deadlines

*Scholars-At-Work 2021

March 29-31


This year’s Scholars-At-Work program is a virtual workplace experience during the first three days of traditional Spring Break. Groups of students are matched to local companies and take part in career exploration activities such as work simulations, discussions with industry professionals, virtual tours, and a group project. This is a great way to explore careers and build your professional resume! The daily schedule is from 10am-3pm. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a $50 stipend.


To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a junior or senior

  • Attend a school operating on the traditional calendar (with Spring Break the week of March 29)

  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States


Apply by February 12 at [] Students will be placed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so apply right away!


*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.

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 


CLEP (the College-Level Examination Program®) offers 34 exams that cover intro-level college course material. With a passing score on one CLEP exam, you could earn three or more college credits at more than 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities.   

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.

© 2017 School for Creative Studies Student Services

Phone: 919-560-3535 


5001 Red Mill Road

Durham, NC 27712

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