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.
SCS Yearbook Purchase Information
Order Your YEARBOOK Online
$40.00 until February 3, 2023
$50.00 after February 3, 2023
$5.00 for name on cover
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.
Important Dates & Information
CCP Info Session
Current 10th and 11th grade students interested in participating in the Career and College Program or CCP dual enrollment with Durham Tech please be sure to sign up for our upcoming information session here at SCS on 2/1/23 @10am . Interested students need to complete the registration link below. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Settle
Superintendent's Student Advisory Council
Calling all juniors in high school! Apply today to serve as a Student Advisor on Superintendent Catherine Truitt's Student Advisory Council. If you are interested in state education issues, advocating on behalf of your fellow peers, and serving as an advisor to decision-makers in K-12 education, this application is for you! The advisory members meet monthly and serve a two-year term that concludes at the end of your senior year of high school. Applications are due by 2/7 and the application link can be found below.
Meredith College Leadership Conf. for High School Juniors
Meredith College is pleased to bring back our on-campus leadership conference for high school juniors who are interested in developing and sharpening their leadership skills. The Meredith College Office of Student Leadership and Service, in conjunction with the Office of Admissions, will host this free conference on Saturday, February 11, 2023.
Registration is linked here. Please complete your registration by Sunday, February 5, 2023
2023 Durham Bulls TV Crew
Students interested in participating in a live television broadcast and/or interested in pursuing broadcast communications as a career, then this program is for YOU!
The Durham Bulls Explorer Post 50 is a co-ed unpaid internship program that offers students, ages 14-20, a unique and invaluable opportunity to gain exceptional experience in the field of television broadcasting. Durham Bulls Explorer Post 50 is supported and sponsored by the Durham Bulls, Fox 50 and Capitol Broadcasting Company. Now in our 25th season of broadcasting, Post 50 provides the live broadcast of the Durham Bulls games on MeTV, WRAL Sports Plus, MiLB.com as well as within the ballpark. We also provide highlights for FOX 50 and WRAL newscasts.
The Durham Bulls and Explorer Post 50 will be holding an Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 8th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Durham Bulls Athletic Ball Park located at 409 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC 27701.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Durham Bulls season. If you are interested in being a part of the TV Crew, please complete the 2023 Online Application. Applications are due by Sunday, Feb. 19th, 2023 and must be completed to be considered for membership. We will be limiting the crew to 70 members.
Interviews – Required for all applicants, new and returning members. Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25th and Sunday, Feb. 26th.
Mental Health & Wellness Ideation Sprint
The new echo:Reverb program (formerly Audacity Labs) is hosting an ideation sprint weekend Jan. 20-22. Individuals and teams interested in brainstorming creative and innovative solutions to the problem of children and teen mental health and wellness will come together to compete for scholarship prizes. Great place for teens to gather with like-minded peers interested in entrepreneurship, design-thinking, social innovation and technology.
Open to 7th - 12th graders, interested youth can register here.
Prizes: 1st place: $1000; 2nd place: $750; 3rd place: $250
DPS Magnet Lottery Information
Durham Public Schools Magnet School Lottery will open for new and current students on 01/09/2023-02/03/2023. DPS will have a Showcase of Schools on 11/19/2022 and schools will hold tours for perspective families November-January. To find out more information about our magnet programs, please click on the links below.
Navigating DPS School Options: A Guide for all parents
Please click the link below for application information
*Sophomores and Juniors interested in participating in the Career and College Program, CCP, at Durham Tech please contact Mr. DeSantis at email@example.com 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)
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
(firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 CFNC.org 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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