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The nuts and bolts of high schools rising freshmen class of 2018 high school orientation overview

The Nuts and Bolts of High SchoolsRising Freshmen Class of 2018High School Orientation & Overview

James F. Key, II

Area Superintendent of High Schools


The mission of the high school office

The Mission of the High School Office:

Every DPS student will graduate prepared for college, career, and life:Enlisted, Employed, or Enrolled!


James f key ii area superintendent of high schools

  • *Durham School of the Arts- 24 credits required


Freshmen course selection

Freshmen Course Selection

1. English I (Academic, Honors)

2. World History (Academic, Honors)

3. Mathematics: Common Core Math I (semester or year-long) or

Common Core Math II for students who took Common Core Math I in middle school.

4. Science

A. Earth Science (Academic, Honors)

B. Biology (Honors)

5. Healthful Living

6. Elective or 2nd Credit Math Option

7. Elective

8. Elective (if on a 4 x 4 or A/B schedule).


Making course selections

Making Course Selections

  • Complete a Four-Year Plan

  • Consider Future Goals

  • Primary & Alternate Course Selections are Equally Important

  • Review Teacher Recommendations and Ask Questions


Future ready core versus minimum course requirements for unc school admission

Future Ready Core Versus Minimum Course Requirements for UNC School Admission

FRC and MCR do not have the same requirements. Please research the college / university of interest to determine individual school minimum requirements.


Testing within high school

Testing within High School


Subject testing with high schools

Subject Testing with High Schools

  • Required as an End-of-Course test: Common Core Math I; English II; and Biology.

  • Required as NC Final Exams: Math II; Math III; AFM, Pre-Calculus; Discrete Math; English I; III; IV; World History; Civics; US History I & II; Earth Science; Physical Science; Chemistry; and, Physics.


High school success

High School Success

  • Create a Solid Schedule Considering Future Goals

  • Attend After School tutorials and Saturday programs

  • Student(s) & Parent(s) Communicate with Teachers Regularly

  • Complete & Turn In All Assignments

  • Get Involved In Extracurricular Activities

  • Attend Evening Events

  • Visit District and School Website Often

  • Advance Placement courses typically are available to students beginning in the sophomore year.


Dps support programs

DPS Support Programs

  • Positive Behavior Support Initiatives

  • Peer Tutoring Programs

  • After-school Help Sessions

  • Saturday Academy

  • Freshmen Orientation Programs

  • Meet-the -Teacher Night

  • ACT Academy

  • Summer Bridge Programs


Homework guidelines

Homework Guidelines

  • Planforat leasttwohours ofhomeworknightly.

  • Rigorousstudent schedules will requireadditionaltimespentonacademic workathome.


Traditional comprehensive high schools

Traditional & Comprehensive High Schools

  • C.E. Jordan High School

  • Hillside High School

  • Northern High School

  • Riverside High School


Comprehensive magnet high schools

Comprehensive Magnet High Schools

  • Durham School of the Arts

  • Southern School of Energy and Sustainability

  • The School of Creative Studies


C e jordan high school

C.E. Jordan High School

  • Principal: Jerome Leathers

  • Address: 6806 Garrett Road Durham NC

  • Phone : 919-560-3912

  • Hours of Operation : 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • School Schedule: A/B Year-long

  • Enrollment : 1818


Hillside high school

Hillside High School

  • Principal: Dr. William Logan

  • Address: 3727 Fayetteville Street Durham NC

  • Phone : 919-560-3925

  • Hours of Operation : 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • School Schedule: 4 x 4 Semester Block

  • Enrollment : 1248


Northern high school

Northern High School

  • Principal: Matthew Hunt

  • Address: 117 Tom Wilkinson Durham NC

  • Phone : 919-560-3956

  • Hours of Operation : 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

  • School Schedule: 4 x 4 Semester Block

  • Enrollment : 1377


Riverside high school

Riverside High School

  • Principal: Joel County

  • Address:3218 Rose of Sharon Road Durham, NC

  • Hours of Operation : 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

  • Phone : (919) 560-3965

  • School Schedule: 4 x 4 Semester Block

  • Enrollment : 1837


Southern school of energy sustainability

Southern School of Energy & Sustainability

  • Principal: Kenneth Barnes

  • Address: 800 Clayton Road Durham, NC 

  • Phone : 919.560.3968

  • Hours of Operation : 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • School Schedule: 4 x 4 Semester Block

  • Enrollment : 1039


Durham school of the arts

Durham School of the Arts

  • Principal: David Hawks

  • Address: 401 North Duke Street Durham NC

  • Phone : 919-560-3926

  • Hours of Operation : 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

  • School Schedule: Seven period, year-long

  • Enrollment : 1550


The school of creative studies

The School of Creative Studies

  • Principal: Renee Price Trapp

  • Address: 5001 Red Mill Road Durham NC

  • Phone: (919)560-3535

  • Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • School Schedule: Year-round

  • Enrollment: 300


Smaller specialized high schools

Smaller, Specialized High Schools

  • City of Medicine Academy

  • Durham Performance Learning Center

  • Hillside New Tech

  • J.D. Clement Early College

  • Middle College

  • Southern School of Engineering


City of medicine academy

City of Medicine Academy

  • City of Medicine Academy is a high school program that provides a four-year health career curriculum for students interested in pursuing health care careers

  • Principal: Jackie Tobias

  • Address: 301 Street, Durham, NC 

  • Phone: 919.560.2001

  • Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • School Schedule: 4 x 4 Semester Block (aligns with Durham Tech)

  • Enrollment: 320


Durham performance learning center

Durham Performance Learning Center

  • Durham Performance Learning Center, located in Holton Career & Resource Center,  features small classes where students work online at their own pace.

  • Principal: Danny Gilfort

  • Address: 401 North Driver St, Durham, NC

  • Phone : (919) 560-9190

  • Hours of Operation: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • School Schedule: 4 x 4 Semester Block

  • Enrollment : 172


J d clement early college

J.D. Clement Early College

  • Early College High Schools are small high schools from which students may leave with sufficient college credits to enter a four-year, liberal arts program as a junior.

  • Principal: Gloria J. Woods-Weeks

  • Address: 1801 Fayetteville Street Durham NC

  • Phone : 919-560-2696

  • Hours of Operation : 7:20 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

  • School Schedule: 4 x 4 Semester Block (aligns with NC Central)

  • Enrollment : 350


Hillside new tech

Hillside New Tech

  • Hillside New Tech High School promises to effectively engage students in preparing for careers in engineering by using project-based learning with technology embedded in the projects. The school offers computer engineering and electronics courses, as well as advanced science courses in a variety of areas.

  • Principal: Tounya Wright

  • Address: 3727 Fayetteville Street Durham NC

  • Phone: (919) 560-9183

  • Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

  • School Schedule: A/B Year-long

  • Enrollment: 422


Middle college

Middle College

  • The mission of the Middle College High School at Durham Technical Community College, a community characterized by diversity, high expectations and support for learning, is to enable students to accelerate their program of study and receive higher education credit, by providing an academically rigorous experience in a smaller and collegiate environment.

  • Principal: Dr. Charles Nolan

  • Address: 1616 Cooper Street, Newton Bldg. Durham, NC

  • Phone: 919-536-7203

  • Hours of Operation: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • School Schedule: 4 x 4 Semester Block (aligns with Durham Tech)

  • Enrollment: 103


Southern school of engineering

Southern School of Engineering

  • Southern High School of Engineering provides each student with the physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills needed to compete in a 21st century global market.

  • Principal: John Rollack

  • Address: 800 Clayton Road Durham, NC 

  • Phone: 919.560.9184

  • Hours of Operation: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

  • School Schedule: 4 x 4 Semester Block

  • Enrollment: 225


Holton career and resource center

Holton Career and Resource Center

  • Students take traditional courses at their base high school and then advanced career/technical courses at Holton.

  • Areas of study include: Cosmetology, Barbering, Construction, Engineering, Public Safety, Robotics, etc.


Magnet lottery program timeline

Magnet Lottery Program Timeline

  • Application Period: January 13 – January 31, 2014

  • Applications for program and calendar magnet schools must be submitted online at www.dpsnc.net

  • Applications for Pathway Cluster Programs must be submitted online by www.dpsnc.net


Application process

Application Process

  • For Hillside New Tech, JDC Early College, and City of Medicine Academy, applications are two-fold.

  • Applicant must submit the online student data form, and then submit the hard copy application to the small high school.


Computer access is available

Computer Access is Available

  • Durham Libraries: 8 locations across the county

  • Durham Housing Authority: access is available at community centers

  • DPS Staff Development Center, 2107 Hillandale Rd: January 18 & 25 from 9 – 1.

  • DPS Magnet Schools (use during operating hours).


Magnet process

Magnet Process

  • Lotteries conducted in late February

  • Lottery notification letters are mailed out on March 1, 2014, through U.S. Postal Service

  • Must register by March 21, 2014, at the assigned school.


Questions comments thoughts

Questions, Comments, Thoughts

  • For additional information, contact the magnet/base school directly or the High School Area Office at (919)-560-2550

  • Thank you for your time and attention!


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