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. 

Rising Juniors and Seniors CCP through Durham Tech will be offering 4 new CTE Pathways!  Students interested in studying Natural Hair Care, becoming a Manicurist, an Esthetician (hair removal, skin care, and make-up), or a BioWork Technician. Please see Mrs. Settle if you would like to apply.  

The Emily K Center is looking for Student Ambassadors!  If you meet the following qualifications please us the link below to apply:

*Must be a high school student in DPS

*Excited and passionate about helping your peers explore postsecondary options

*Demonstrate student leadership and teamwork qualities

*Ability to organize, plan, and meet deadlines

*Careful attention to detail

*Strong sense of personal responsibility

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

In January of 2002, Congress authorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to assist families and youth experiencing homelessness. This Act entitles children who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence to a free, appropriate education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance and success in school. The McKinney-Vento Program meets the needs of homeless students attending Durham Public Schools by addressing academic challenges and family issues affecting their success in school. 

Example living situations that may qualify include, but are not limited to:

  • Living with a friend, relative or other person/family because of a loss of housing

  • Staying in a motel or hotel because of a loss of housing or fleeing domestic violence

  • Living in an emergency shelter, transitional housing or domestic violence shelter

  • Living in a car, park or public place, abandoned building or bus station

  • Living temporarily in substandard housing

  • Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home

  • Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter

  • Youth living on their own, even if their families want them to come home

The McKinney-Vento Program also meets the needs of "a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian" (42 USC §11434a(6), 2001). Youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian and lacking a fixed, regular and adequate residence are referred to as unaccompanied homeless youth. Youth who run away are also eligible for services even if the parent/guardian/caregiver wishes the student to return home. Some reasons a youth may be on his/her own include, but is not limited to, family dysfunction, parental neglect and abuse (emotional, physical, sexual, or substance), incarceration, illness and deportation. Runaway youth and unaccompanied homeless youth are eligible to be enrolled immediately without a legal guardian. Under the McKinney-Vento Program, there is no age limit for an unaccompanied homeless or runaway youth as long as the student is eligible for K-12 public education in NC. Schools must immediately alert the School Social Worker or the District McKinney-Vento Liaison if presented with a possible runaway or unaccompanied homeless youth.

*Contact Mrs. Settle if you have questions or are need of a referral

Important Dates & Information


SCS Annual College Fair!!!!

SCS's annual college fair will be held on October 12th on campus in the big gym. There will be representatives from 4-year institutions, community colleges, and the armed services in attendance. You must sign up by grade level to attend this event.  The google form for each grade level is posted posted below and on the global announcements in Canvas.  Please complete the correct form for your current grade.  Students must use their DPS login credentials to complete the Google form.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Settle.










Durham Public Schools Curriculum and Instruction and Family Academy offices are partnering again with Compass Education Group to offer an ACT Practice Exam for DPS High School Juniors and Seniors on Saturday, October 29, 9:00 am until 12:00 pm.  This practice exam can be taken at home or at the Staff Development Center on October 29.  Registration is required.  An ACT Practice Test Review Session will follow on November 1.  Please use the link below to register.


DPS College Fair

*Durham Public schools will hold their annual college fair on 10/4/22 from 4pm-7pm at the Durham Marriot Convention Center.  90+ colleges will be in attendance.  Please make sure you are in attendance for this amazing event.  Click the link below to register!

*Seeds of Fortune Fall Leadership Program

The Seeds of Fortune Inc. Online High School College Prep Network provides young women of color in 10-12th grade an exclusive network to find affordable college options, career skills, and financial literacy through an intensive online preparatory process and exemplary career exploration opportunities. 

The Fall Leadership Program begins 9/26-12/4 and provides participants with the ability to earn a leadership certificate as well as strategies to earn a full ride scholarship to several of their college partners.  Please visit the link below for more information

*Noche de Universidad Game Plan: College Presentation

GPC is hosting a Noche de Universidad on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at the Emily K Center. The event will give an overview of the college application process, the cost of college, and how to pay for it with financial aid and scholarships, all in Spanish.  Please click the link below to register.



*Biogen-MIT Biotech in Action: Virtual Fall Program 2022

This program will host 250 students from across the U.S. and around the world! Some activities will be done in large group sessions with everyone present, and some activities will be done in smaller groups of students led by our awesome team of instructors. Biotech in Action will introduce you to the field of biotechnology and invention and will focus on neurodegenerative disorders, more specifically Alzheimer’s Disease. Discover a passion for health sciences, biotechnology, invention, and innovation! Throughout this program you will: 

·       Experience problem finding and problem solving in ways that mirror the biotech, university, and innovation sector  

·       Expand your knowledge and laboratory skills in STEM 

·       Develop skills aligned with those that are essential to the future of work 

·       Identify your personal strengths and capabilities and next steps for growth 

Open to high school students currently in 10th - 12th grade (14-18 year-old students internationally). Priority will be given to students from low-income households and groups historically underrepresented in science. Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the program.


Program Dates & Times:


Oct 15th – Dec 10th

-Every Saturday 2-5 PM ET

-(No meeting on Nov 26th)



Requirements: Students will need access to a computer and internet during the program times listed.


Questions: Contact us at


Application opens September 20th, 2022 and

closes October 2nd, 2022.


Find the application here:

*Ready, Set, App! Internship
Overview: Each year Ready, Set, App! employs 5 high school interns to act as peer mentors to the teams in this competition. This is a paid internship and a great opportunity for students to get real work experience. Students with an interest in computer science and helping others are best suited for this role. Eligible to apply are all 9th – 12th grade students enrolled in an NC high school. 
Deadline: October 14th, 11:59 PM 
Learn more:

*Game Plan: College program at the Emily K Center will hold it's annual FAFSA night on October 25th from 6-8pm.  Please register using the link below to attend.

*Sophomores and Juniors interested in participating in the Career and College Program, CCP, at Durham Tech please contact Mr. DeSantis at to get information on the upcoming info sessions.  You must attend an info session to participate in the program.  If you have any questions please see Mrs. Settle.

*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)

FREE Online Homework Help & Tutoring

The Durham County Public Library has free online tutoring every day from 2pm-11pm through the brainfuse program.  Families can also request Spanish support if needed.  Please click the link below to register!

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.  

*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.

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

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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