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. 


11th grade students that would like to take the PSAT it will be offered on campus on October 13th.  This opportunity is free for 11th grade students.  The PSAT is available to 10th grade students at a cost of $18.  Please complete the link below by September 15th if you wish to participate.

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.  

Important Dates & Information

*The Emily K Center is offering free assistance to students and parents in need of help with completing the FAFSA and the RDS application.    Please visit Emily K Center's College Game Plan to help your student with FREE ACT/SAT prep, college application assistance, and more! Click the button below for more information about the program and click the link to set up an appointment. (Services are available for Spanish speaking families)


*The North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals is hosting a Hispanic Education Parent Fair. This FREE and VIRTUAL multi day educational fair includes workshops in Spanish that provide information on how to pay for higher education, the college admissions process, how to overcome educational problems in the face of the coronavirus, information to help students continue their education beyond high school, and more! Families can log in on September 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.  However, you must be registered by September 11, 2021 to participate.  Please register at the link below.

*Calling all future and current student entrepreneurs!  Please consider attending the virtual open house for the Audacity Labs.  Participants receive entrepreneurship classes, exclusive software access, college advising, coding classes and MORE!  This event will be held on September 13th at 7pm.  Please use the zoom link below to attend.

*UNC Greensboro is hosting the UNCG Bienvenidos Todos September 18th from 1-3pm on campus for Hispanic/Latinx High and Middle school families.  Families will have the opportunity to learn more about the application process, celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, and connect with Hispanic/Latinx admissions officers.  If you are interested in attending this event please complete the registration link

*Applications Open for the United States Senate Youth Program! Application materials are now available for the upcoming United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The USSYP provides an educational opportunity for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing college coursework in history or political science to spend a week in Washington D.C. meeting Senators, cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, and officials from various federal agencies and the White House. • Two student winners will be selected to represent North Carolina. • These two winners will each attend the Washington Week program, March 5-12, 2022, and receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. North Carolina application materials can be found on the North Carolina Senate Youth website August 1, 2021 – October 3, 2021.

*In recognition of Black Energy Awareness Month (BEAM), the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) is hosting the Energy Career Academy (ECA) on Saturday, October 2, 2021 and the Youth Energy Academy (YEA) on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 10AM to 2PM. Both BEAM events will provide students an opportunity to participate in discussions and activities designed to increase your knowledge about the energy industry and career development workshops. Students will hear from energy professionals and learn about careers, jobs, and occupational training requirements for different segments of the energy industry. Furthermore, you will learn the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as you pursue your high school and college education to support a career in a STEM field.

High School Registration Link:

* will hold their annual FAFSA Day on October 23, 2021 at Wake Tech Community College.  Students and families will meet with representatives to get assistance completing the FAFSA application.  Please complete the link below to register for this event.

*Emily K Game Plan College will host a FAFSA night at the Emily K center on October 26th & 27th from 6-8pm.  If you are in need of assistance completing your FAFSA or Residency Determination Application please make time to attend this event.

*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!  

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 

*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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