The purpose of personal/academic/social counseling is to assist students to gain an understanding of oneself and others, overcome personal obstacles, and utilize needed resources. Individual and group counseling is offered. Students may benefit from the school counselor’s services by taking the initiative personally, or may be referred by teachers, administration, or parents. In maintaining national standards for counseling in schools, strict confidentiality is maintained. Ongoing consultation with parents, teachers, and administration creates a spirit of cooperation that promotes student success.
DHS students continue on to college as a natural continuation of their studies. To meet this goal, the school provides a comprehensive college counseling program beginning in the ninth grade. Aside from appropriate tests that are geared to identify the students’ interests and strengths, students and parents are advised about curriculum plans that will affect future college and career options. High school students meet, both individually and in small groups, with the college counselor for informative and planning sessions regarding opportunities and choices, as they prepare for the transition from high school to college.
The college counseling office provides resources needed for the college search and application process. The staff also schedules guided college tours, college representative visitations, guest speakers, and needed workshops throughout the year.
The school curriculum and course offerings adequately meet, and in many areas exceed, the admission requirements for the University of California system, California State University system, and many private colleges and universities. In general, admission to a four-year program is based on:
November is the month of college applications, and responses come in the spring. All seniors must take the senior year curriculum with utmost importance, because outcomes of senior courses will be part of their permanent high school transcript. In fact, many colleges and universities will confirm final acceptance on the basis of the final transcript, submitted at the end of senior year.