Academics

All Girls & STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Preparation

From AP Calculus and Introduction to Engineering, to Independent Science Research Projects and Geology/Astronomy, DSHA is known for its rigorous and thorough preparation of students in all core subject areas, particularly science and mathematics. The wide variety of classes set students up for a solid base of core knowledge, while electives and co-curricular opportunities like Robotics and SMART TEAM allow girls the opportunity to explore their passions in STEM. The all-girls’ environment allows students to pursue excellence with confidence through curriculum, and to explore their interests with the freedom that comes without distraction.

It's Cool to be Smart!

Increased participation in science and math courses is part of the culture at DSHA.

Science Participation

  • 98% of our seniors are taking more than the 3-year graduation requirement for science.
  • 28 seniors are taking 5 years of science or more.

Math Participation

  • 99% of our seniors are taking more than the 3-year graduation requirement of mathematics.

DSHA Mathematics & Science College Readiness

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ACT Average

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DSHA’s mathematics and science ACT scores attest to the fact that our students’ mastery of these subjects exceeds those of peers across the state and sets up DSHA graduates for success in college STEM fields.

% of Graduates Meeting CRB Standards

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The percentage of DSHA students who are deemed college-ready in mathematics and science by ACT (as measured by the College Readiness Benchmarks [CRB]) exceeds state levels of college readiness (2018 ACT Data), while the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows that fewer than forty percent of students at every grade level tested are proficient in math and science.

DSHA AP Mathematics

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Average AP Scores

  • AP Calculus AB

    4.20
    3.06
    2.91
  • AP Calculus BC

    4.80
    3.66
    3.78
Our upper-level math courses support students’ pursuit of STEM in college, with both AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC outpacing state and national scores (College Board 2017 Data).

Advanced STEM Opportunities

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  • AP Computer Science

    This course teaches students computer programming using JAVA, an object-oriented programming language. This is equivalent to a first-semester college-level course, covering programming methodology, algorithm design, testing methods, logical reasoning, and problem solving.
  • SMART Team

    Students Modeling a Research Topic places students in the role of scientists and engineers, allowing opportunities to learn and use rapid prototyping technology. DSHA’s SMART Team excels at teamwork as they delve into the molecular world, explore science as a process, and work to understand and model the structure-function relationship of a protein. This integration of science and engineering provides students with a more realistic contextualization of problems, increased transfer across problems, more cooperation, and better understanding of the content under study.
    Click here to learn more about the DSHA SMART Team
  • Robotics Team

    This nationally-recognized club allows students the experience of building, programming, and operating robots, along with opportunities to develop additional skills in web design, marketing, and fundraising – all preparation for and at competitions. This team is nationally recognized, winning first place at multiple regional competitions in 2017, and qualifying for World Championships.
    Click here to learn more about the DSHA Robotics Team
  • Introduction to Engineering

    This course serves as the basis for students to consider engineering as a career by honing problem-solving and real-world applications of engineering principles and design. Projects involve structural design, data analysis, computer programming, reverse engineering and more.
  • Introduction to Computer Science

    This course provides an opportunity to explore the field of computer science, understand the impact of computers on our global society, and build a foundation in the basics of computer programming. Topics will include computer hardware, network architecture, the internet and cloud-based computing, cybersecurity, web page design, and an introduction to programming. Software used in this course is free and can be downloaded onto any Windows or iOS computer.
  • AutoCad 1

    This is an introductory course to the AutoCAD program. It will be offered 2nd semester. Students will learn how to set up, create and edit 2D architectural drawings. Lessons covered over the course of the semester include: drawing set up, 2D drawing and editing tools, navigation tools, understanding of layers and properties, drawing completion including text and dimensions. Students will be expected to supply their own laptop and a mouse for this course and download an educational version of AutoCAD onto their laptop. Use of a personal laptop will aid the student in the ability to work on homework outside of class.
  • Digital Imaging

    Digital imaging students will further progress their digital photography skills as they are introduced to the contemporary world of new media art. In this course, we will explore contemporary subjects such as social consciousness, scientific method and interactive art using photographic images taken and found. Advanced techniques and skills in digital photography, digital animation, photomontage and digital painting using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator will be the tools for creating original digital images. Coursework is designed to further develop a student’s understanding of photographic composition and expand the student’s ability for interactive expression through non-verbal means in all subjects and areas in her life. Ample time will be allowed to complete course projects in class. Work outside of class may be needed for small homework assignments, research and a final project.

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