Whole-Person Education

College Counseling


The college admission process involves a plan for the future, a range of options, and a good dose of uncertainty. It can be exciting, daunting, and empowering. Our College Counseling Office at DSHA works to assist students in identifying their strengths, aspirations, priorities, and goals through a process that involves self-reflection, critical thinking, and realism. This enables us to support students in charting a course to find their best possible post-secondary fit(s). We encourage students to take the lead in this process in order to maximize individual growth and ensure that the journey best prepares them for future success in college and beyond. However, students are not alone during this search. The College Counseling Office and the entire DSHA community join students and their families in creating a support network to lessen the anxiety and stress that come with choosing a college.

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  • College Counseling at DSHA is available to all students and families through multiple means.

    Giving students access to college-related information early, often, and through multiple sources provides students with greater confidence and comfort in communicating with colleges and also provides additional resources for questions, answers, and peace of mind. Our college counseling team meets with students individually and in large group settings, as well as provides classroom guidance, hosts multiple learning nights for students and their families, and maintains a high online presence as to be accessible where students are.
    While the College Center serves as the “clearinghouse” for all college-related information at DSHA, students also discuss and plan for college with their school counselors. Accessibility and an open door policy for students and parents promote conversations from casual to formal as early as freshman year.

    Ongoing discussions between students and counselors also promote individual reflection on the part of a student. These discussions aid counselors in understanding a student’s aspirations, and provide counselors the ability to suggest post-secondary options that families can investigate.
  • Finding the right fit for students is our ultimate goal.

    We use our relationships with college admission counselors and our existing resources to make sure that DSHA students have access to the most up-to-date, objective, and unbiased information available to aid them with their college searches. We shepherd, challenge, suggest, and inform students and families while also serving as strong advocates for them.
    DSHA has a belief that there is a good “fit” for every student. To aid in finding that “fit,” we work with students to look at colleges through three lenses: academic fit, financial fit, and personal fit. One lens is not more important than another. Our team helps students find a college that has all three “fits.”
  • Throughout this process, we promise to care.

    As children of God made in His image, every student at DSHA and every member of her family has the right to be treated in a respectful, caring, and considerate manner. Information can be dispensed in many ways, but advice can only be given through an interactive process in which the goals, abilities, successes, and shortcomings of the students are known and respected. We promise to be active listeners who take the time to get to know both our students and the members of their families, as well as their specific ambitions, strengths, and concerns about college.

DSHA College Center | Fall 2023 Events

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  • Sept. 7 // Online | How Executive Functioning Skills Improve Grades & Lower Stress

    How Executive Functioning Skills Improve Grades & Lower Stress Presentation
    Thursday, September 7, 2023 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM CT
    Live Online 
    How Executive Functioning Skills Improve Grades & Lower Stress Presentation (for parents but students are encouraged to attend) 
    Long-lasting happiness is the kind that comes from within; it’s the kind that stems from your values. Those values are translated through our habits. Whether school habits, family habits, success habits, or any other kind of habit, habits are things under our control, which help to determine our overall level of happiness. In this session, we will identify 6 habits that separate the best students from the students who struggle, and how mastering these 6 habits will lead to lower stress, better grades, and an overall increase in quality of life. Come join Revolution Prep for an engaging presentation. 

  • Sept. 10 // Online | PSAT 101 Strategy Session

    PSAT 101 Strategy Session
    Sunday, September 10, 2023 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CT
    Live Online 
    We invite students to join Revolution Prep for an introductory strategy session for the official PSAT! This free two-hour session is designed to give students insight into the PSAT exam as well as provide tips and tricks for test day. In this session, one of their professional tutors will teach core test-taking strategies including a dive into the exam content and structure, how to avoid common traps, and how to create the best plan for success.

    Click here to register today. >
  • Sept. 16 // Online | Digital PSAT/NMSQT Practice Exam

    Digital PSAT/NMSQT Practice Exam
    Saturday, September 16, 2023 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CT
    Live Online 
    Step 2: Schedule a free 30-minute score report review with a Revolution Prep testing expert to help you interpret the results and develop a customized plan to prepare. Please schedule this appointment for the few days after the exam. You can pre-schedule this Score Report Review here. > 
    Step 3: Make sure your device is fully charged and ready to go prior to exam day. 
    For the class of 2025 and younger, the College Board is transitioning the PSAT and SAT from pencil-and-paper format to digital format. Becoming familiar with the new digital-format tests will be key for students to feel confident as they head into their official PSAT in October of junior year. 

    Our friends at Revolution Prep are excited to support us through this transition by offering a free digital PSAT experience that most accurately reflects the official College Board test in format, user experience, adaptivity, and content. Students will learn how to navigate the new digital testing format and practice using the exact tools available to them on the real test, such as the graphing calculator, digital annotations, answer elimination, and much more! Upon completing the practice exam, you will receive a score report illustrating three high-impact areas for your student to focus on for each section of the test (math, reading, and writing) to help your student feel confident on testing day. 

    Support your student in being prepared for the switch to the digital PSAT by registering.
  • Sept. 27 // ACT workshop

    FREE to DSHA juniors, STEM Interventionist and ACT Prep Instructor Jennifer Parr will be facilitating an ACT workshop the afternoon following Dash-A-Thon from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    Limited slots are available. Additionally, DSHA will build in more ACT workshop opportunities throughout the fall and early winter. This programming will happen during the school day in Applied Wellness or on days when classes are not in session.
  • Oct. 3 // College Holistic Admissions Case Study

    College Holistic Admissions Case Study
    Tuesday, October 3, 2023 |  6:00-8:00 PM
    Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre

    Junior and Senior parents, please join the Director of College Counseling and Galin Education for a hands-on learning experience about the college holistic application review process. During this program, our panelists of admissions representatives and experts will give you a look into holistic application review by letting you decide which of three applicants are admitted, waitlisted, and denied at a fictional college.

    Registration is required to attend. 
    Click here to register. >

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