College & Transition
At Denver Academy, college and post-secondary preparation is embedded in everything we do. From elementary school through senior year, our teachers are dedicated to the idea that post-secondary preparation is not only teaching academics, but it is also helping our students become strong self-advocates with the life skills necessary to make the transition between childhood and adulthood.
Denver Academy is also proud to announce the College Achievement Program (CAP) for high school graduates needing additional academic and life skills support after high school.
Department Mission Statement
Our mission is to empower each Denver Academy student to find a post-secondary path that is appropriate to their individual strengths and interests. Toward this end, we help our students think deeply and carefully about their talents and aspirations, support them to set appropriate goals and guide them to present themselves in a manner that will maximize their strengths.
Our College and Transition curriculum is holistic and developmental in nature. We support academic preparedness and we believe that social and life skills must be developed. Our programs begin in the 9th grade and a highly-structured curriculum is taught in 11th and 12th grades. Each student develops an understanding of their own strengths and learning styles, resulting in lifelong self-advocacy skills. Through close relationships with college advisors, students are able to successfully navigate and actively choose a post-secondary path that matches their learning needs. Ninety percent or more of our students continue their education in a variety of post-secondary institutions.
For further information or questions, please view our Post-Secondary Planning page, browse our recommended Resources and Links or contact one of our Advisors.
Interesting College and Transition Program Facts
- During the Sophomore Mock College Application Workshop, students and parents pretend to be admissions counselors and decide who is admitted into a pretend college. Admissions counselors from across the country teach how admission is actually determined.
- Junior and senior students work one-on-one with a College and Transition Advisor. Seniors meet with their advisors weekly.
- During the third quarter of senior year, students participate in Life Skills classes. Our students learn budgeting, cooking, city navigation, healthy living, etiquette, ironing and washing clothes, time management and much more.
- Each spring, students take a career inventory. Results determine a student’s major for College Week, an intensive five-day program allowing students to take college-like classes from our faculty. A few weeks later, students participate in Job Shadow Day.