Desert Mountain HS Guidance Dept.
Important Dates and Deadlines:
- January 31st: Deadline to request accommodations. To see if your student may be eligible to request accommodations, please click here. If your student is eligible to make a request, please contact Paige Phelps, email@example.com by January 31st. Please note: Ms. Phelps will submit the request for accommodations, but CollegeBoard must approve the request in order for a student to test with accommodations.
- January 29th: AP Exam Registration Opens.
- March 9th: Deadline to sign-up for AP exams. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR 2018.
AP Remind System:
DM uses Remind to communicate with students about upcoming deadlines. To sign up for general AP announcements, text @dmapremind to 81010. For complete directions/e-mail sign up, click here.
Arizona Board of Regents
Arizona Board of Regents has recently updated the qualifications for a student to be assured admission to Arizona’s three state schools. Students will now qualify if they meet the following criteria:
- Are an Arizona resident
- Attend an Arizona regionally accredited high school
- Have no course work deficiencies as prescribed by the Arizona Board of Regents
- Have at least a 3.0 unweighted core course GPA
State College Contacts
ASU: Kristen Bagley- (480) 965-2879, firstname.lastname@example.org
ASU Honors College (Barrett): Michelle Hollin- (480) 965-1520, email@example.com
NAU: Abby Tudor- 928-523-0448, firstname.lastname@example.org
NAU Honors College: (928) 523-3334, email@example.com
UA: Karen Feltz: (602) 827-2197, firstname.lastname@example.org
UA Honors College: Jenni Keatseangsilp- (520) 626-8261, email@example.com
SCC: Cassandra Scott- 480-423-6780, firstname.lastname@example.org
SCC Honors Program: Dr. Larry Tualla- (480) 423-6525, email@example.com
Seniors Admitted to Instate Colleges
ASU -Admitted students: Important links
Math placement test: https://students.asu.edu/math
MMR/Immunization link: https://eoss.asu.edu/health/services/immunization
NAU –Admitted students: Important links
Math placement test: https://nau.edu/cefns/natsci/math/student-resources/math-placement/
MMR/Immunization link: https://nau.edu/medical-services/immunizations/
UA - Admitted students: Important links
Math placement test: http://math.arizona.edu/academics/placement/exams
MMR/Immunization link: https://www.health.arizona.edu/immunization-requirements
Apply to ASU
ASU Information Sheet
ASU Important Dates
ASU Personal Statement Tips
ASU Barrett, The Honors College
Apply to NAU
NAU Information Sheet
NAU Important Dates
NAU Scholarship Criteria
NAU Personal Statement Tips
NAU Honors College
Apply to UA
UA Information Sheet
UA Merit Scholarships & Honors College Information
UA Personal Statement Tips
UA Honors College
UA SALT Center
Maricopa Community Colleges Enrollment Steps Video
Maricopa Community Colleges Enrollment Guide
Senior Meeting Information
to apply to an in-state university
1) Application: Go online to: www.arizona.edu www.asu.edu www.nau.edu
Fill out the online application. Submit with the application fee. Use the Self-Report option for classes and grades- it will save you money and your admission status will be sent sooner. If you are applying to an Honors program, be sure to check Honors College requirements and deadlines.
2) Transcript: Go online to www.parchment.com and order an official transcript to be sent to the school(s) you are applying to. If you are considering the Obama Scholarship/ASU Assurance Program, you are required to send your transcript by the application deadline.
3) Test Scores: Go online to www.collegeboard.com (for the SAT) and/or www.actstudent.org (for the ACT) to send your official test scores to the school(s) you are applying to. If you requested to have your scores sent at the time of the test, you do not need to do this again.
To apply to an out-of-state college, you will follow the same process as above- sending an online application, ordering an official transcript, and sending official test scores to the schools.
If you need a letter of recommendation from a counselor:
1) Complete a letter of recommendation form and e-mail/drop it off to your counselor. Click here for exemplary examples.
2) Allow a minimum of 2 WEEKS for the letters to be completed. The counseling office is closed over Fall Break and Winter Break, so plan ahead.
Watch college and scholarship deadlines carefully! Below are a few dates to note.
1) There are scholarship information meetings with Mrs. Loftus every Tuesday until Fall Break in the College/Career Center at 12:47pm. She requires students to attend one of these meetings before she will meet with you individually regarding scholarships.
2) Check the Naviance “College Tab” to sign up for college visits at DMHS. This is your chance to meet with the college representative who will read your application!
3) FAFSA – financial aid forms are available online this year beginning October 1st. Many colleges require submission of the FAFSA to qualify for aid or scholarships.
Letter of Recommendation Form (Student)
Letter of Recommendation Response Examples
Letter of Recommendation Form (Parent)
Common App School Search Tool
Common App "How to Apply"
Common App Login
Coalition Application Schools
Coalition Application Information
Coalition Application Login
Overview of Financial Aid Process Video
How to Fill Out the FAFSA Video
FAFSA "What to Expect"
College Admissions Applying 101
College Admission: Process and Prep
17-18 School Profile
College Testing Timeline
SUSD pays and registers all 10th graders to take the PSAT in October. Students need to review their scores (see "PSAT Scores" below) and remediate any areas of weakness before their junior year test date.
Consider taking a FREE practice length test for the ACT or SAT to determine which test is for you. Princeton Review is a valuable website to use when assessing the difference between the SAT & ACT tests. Similar tests are available through Scottsdale Education Center, Kaplan or Vogel Prep. You may also want to check out SAT/ACT prep books from the library to practice your skills.
Register to take the PSAT in August for the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. (NOTE: Registration for the PSAT is done through the DMHS bookstore.)
Register to take an ACT and/or SAT in the spring of Junior year/summer going into Senior year. (NOTE: Registration for these tests is not done through DMHS. Registration must be completed through CollegeBoard or ACT.)
Verify whether any colleges you are considering require SAT Subject tests. For a complete list of schools that require subject tests click here. Subject tests are offered in 5 subject areas including English, History/Social Studies, Mathematics, Sciences and World Languages. The tests are 1 hour long and cannot be taken on the same date as the SAT. Plan accordingly to take two of these tests during your junior year. Many students take the SAT Subject tests to keep their options open.
Consider signing up to take an additional ACT or SAT test in early Fall. A higher score on a second test may make you eligible for a higher scholarship award or gain you admission to a more selective college.
Check on the ACT and SAT websites to make sure you have sent your test scores to all colleges where you are applying/send scores through these websites. This step is key for scholarship consideration.
Follow this link for PSAT score access:
- See all your scores and if you are on track for college readiness
- View detailed explanations of skills required to be college ready
- Send your scores to Khan Academy® for personalized practice recommendations
- Search for colleges that fit your needs
- Access your PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score used for participation in programs conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation
- Start on your scholarship and college financial aid plan
- Take a personality test to find majors and careers fit for you
- Get feedback on your readiness for AP courses
2017-2018 Test Dates
PSAT College Board Practice
PSAT Free Practice Test Search
Understanding PSAT Scores
ACT vs. SAT Comparison
ACT Online Sample Questions
ACT Test Prep Packet (English)
ACT Test Prep Packet (Spanish)
ACT Writing Prep
ACT Free Practice Test Search
College Board SAT Practice
KHAN ACADEMY SAT Prep
SAT Free Practice Test Search
Maricopa Community Colleges Placement Test Prep
Test Prep Tutor List
SCC Dual-Enrollment Placement Test Information
SCC MEID and ID Retrieval Information
Student Grade Access
Student's grades are accessed thru a online system, called StudentVue. There is a link to StudentVue on the DMHS homepage. For detailed instructions, see the" DMHS Grades" document below. Student login information is as follows:
User Name: Student ID Number
Password: Student 8-Digit Birthdate (mmddyyyy)
District Policy on Dropping Classes
Important changes have been made to the district policies on dropping classes! Please review this important information and the changes to the district policy and how it impacts student’s transcripts.
Classes that are dropped during the first four weeks of the first quarter (or third quarter for second semester classes) will not be shown on student's high school transcript. Classes dropped during the remainder of the first quarter (or third quarter for second semester classes) will have a WP (Withdraw Passing) or WF (Withdraw Failing) on their transcript, depending on the student’s current grade. If a student drops a class any time in the second quarter (or fourth quarter for second semester classes), they will receive an “F” on their transcript, no matter what their current grade is in that class. Students will remain in the class they dropped on an audit basis for the remainder of the semester.
State Civics Test
The state of Arizona has implemented a high school graduation requirement in which students will be required to pass a state civics exam. This exam will be given when students are taking a social studies class at DMHS. Follow this link for online practice tests.
The Dual Enrollment Program was designed to provide an opportunity for qualified high school students to enroll in college courses at high school locations, and to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. Scottsdale Community College has established agreements with local high schools to offer selected courses to students who have been identified as candidates for college-level work. Dual Enrollment courses may be offered in a variety of courses but offerings vary from year to year depending on SUSD staff qualifications and SCC certification requirements. For more information go to http://www.scottsdalecc.edu/future-students/high-school/dual-enrollment.
Online Learning (eLearning)
All online academic credits (Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Science, World Language) must be taken through SUSD eLearning for academic credit to be given automatically. Online courses from non-SUSD accredited high schools are accepted by SUSD as elective credit only, unless a request is made for consideration as academic credit. For the complete policy, please click here.
The elearning login link is https://susd.geniussis.com. To login:
Login: Student ID Number
Password: Student 8-Digit Birthdate (mmddyyyy)
For more information about using the eLearning program, click on the "Student Guide to GradPoint (eLearning)" below.
Student/Parent Question & Concern Procedure
2017-2018 High School Planning Guide (English)
2017-2018 High School Planning Guide (Spanish)
2017-2018 Credit Checklist
GPA Calculation Worksheet
Four Year Sample Plan
College Readiness Timeline (Freshman to Senior Year)
Instructions for Accessing Student Grades
Student Grade Check Form
General Academic Intervention Information
Adult/Tutoring Organization List
Crash Course Study Skills Videos
eLearning Class List
Student Guide to GradPoint (eLearning)
Dual Enrollment Course List
NCAA Eligibility Center
NCAA Eligibility Quick Facts
NCAA Coursework Eligibility Worksheet
Cox Connect2Compete (Low Cost Internet for Qualified Families)
What is Naviance?
Naviance is an online portfolio system adopted by SUSD for students to complete their Educational Career Action Plan (ECAP). Students can enter the courses they are taking in Naviance under “Course Planner”; take a career inventory at “Career Interest Profiler”; and investigate colleges in “College Search”. This information along with other Naviance activities will be utilized to guide course selections, college advisement and applications, as well as planning for careers/majors beyond high school.
How Do Students Access Naviance?
1. Enter the following URL into the location bar of your web browser: http://connection.naviance.com/desertmhs.
2. Enter Student ID in "username" field.
3. Enter student's 8-digit birthday (i.e. 03201999) in the "password" field.
4. Click "Log In"
How Do Students Sign Up for College Visits through Naviance?
To sign up for College Visits students will log in to their Naviance accounts and select the "Colleges" tab. They will then look on the righthand side of "my colleges" box and click on the "view all upcoming college visits" link. Student can then choose which college visits they would like to participate in by clicking the "sign up" link and confirming their selection by clicking on the "sign me up" button.
Students should sign up for all college visits on Naviance and print out the confirmation the day prior to the college visit. This printout will serve as a Pass to show your teacher so you can be excused from class. Students should go to the period class they will be missing prior to the college presentation and get the teacher to sign off on the printout. Teachers have the right to deny attendance at the college visit due to excessive absenteeism, tardiness, tests or critical lesson plans. After the confirmation has been signed, bring this print out to the College & Career Center to hear the presentation. The confirmation will be collected and given to Attendance to excuse your absence. If you do not have a printer, please see Mrs. Loftus at least 24 hours prior to visit.
2018 Summer School Information is Available
Please click here for this summer's schedule, course catalog, bus schedule, F.A.Q.s, and registration information. If you have specific questions about what courses you/your student should take this summer, please contact with your individual counselor (e-mails can be found on the right side of this page).
The DMHS Guidance office is open from 7:30am to 2:30pm daily.
Counselors are divided by student's last names