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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 IOA.  This website to help high school students and parents easily access information, schedule appointments, and stay up to date on upcoming activities and deadlines. 

SCS Yearbook Purchase Information

Order Your YEARBOOK Online

  • Price:

    • $40.00 until February 3, 2023

    • $50.00 after February 3, 2023

    • $5.00 for name on cover

Important Dates & Information

Durahm Tech's C-STEP & C3 Virtual Info Sessions

Students interested in learning more about C-STEP guaranteed pathway into UNC Chapel Hill or their C3 guaranteed pathway into N.C. State please plan to attend their virtual information sessions on 2/23 or 3/6 at 4:30pm  Seniors interested in applying there is still time.  The application deadline for C-STEP is April 1st and C3 is accepting applications until June 1st.  Click the link below to join the zoom sessions.

2023 DPS Foundation Scholarship Information Session

The Durham Public Schools Foundation is offering 25 scholarships to high school seniors furthering their education. This information session will help students and families learn what scholarships are available, the amount of each scholarship, and the application requirements. Sessions are March 9th (Spanish interpretation available) & March 23rd (Parents and Students welcome!) Please register to attend using the link below

Emily K Center College Expo

The Emily K Center’s Game Plan: College program will be hosting its annual College Expo on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Emily K Center from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. The 2023 College Expo will feature a college fair with more than 40 colleges and universities. The Expo will also host several workshops led by college access experts focused on topics like how to pay for college, how to select the best college for you, how to be a competitive college applicant, and more!  This event is free and open to all — high school students and their families are strongly encouraged to attend. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS  OPPORTUNITY!  Please use the link below to register.

*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)

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

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.


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.   

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