9th Grade Exploratory

When applying for admission to DCTS, potential 9th grade students select a preferred career academy to explore. Students are asked to submit a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice as there is a limited number of spaces in each program in order to maintain a safe and effective learning environment. Beginning the second day of school and ending the tenth day, 9th grade students will visit all career areas available at DCTS for one class period only during periods 7, 8, and 9. Students will then participate in ONE assigned academy and visit each program in that area for twenty-four days during 7th, 8th, and 9th periods. Students will receive a grade for each program based on a consistent rubric. During the exploratory period, students will also complete an interest survey and discuss results with a vocational facilitator.

At the end of the exploratory period, students will apply for a final career program or academy of their choice. The final application will again include a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd program choice. Established criteria is used to select final placement into programs. Students may select programs outside of their original academy as a final choice for placement.

If a student is not accepted into his/her first choice of career, he or she may be placed on a waiting list so that if/when an opening becomes available that student may be considered. The Guidance office will notify students if a placement becomes available.

Welcome Information Link

2019 Final Shop Application

9th Grade Applicant Overview

Link to buy grey t-shirts

Exploratory Academies

Self-Advocacy Section "What Do I do If..."

What is Naviance "Do What You Are?"

Naviance Directions

What is an IEP? Student Resource link

Exploratory Video Script

9th Grade Rotation Schedule 2019-2020

 construction academy  Information Technology academy 

 health sciences academy  Advanced Manufacturing academy

 service academy Transportation academy

 Visual Art Marketing academy