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Seniors, the DHS school code is 342911. If you are planning on applying to a college in North Carolina, transcripts should be sent through CFNC, even if you do not apply to college through CFNC. This automatically allows a transcript to be sent from PowerSchool once you have graduated and will ensure your transcript gets to the appropriate college.
Emails: To keep in touch with students, I use emails on a regular basis, which are set up by class - freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. I periodically send notifications of community service opportunities, scholarships, standardized testing dates, etc. If any parent would like to be added to these email alerts, please send me an email with your email address and I will gladly add you to my list.
PowerPoints Available for Viewing:
I have created three PowerPoints which have pertinent information for students and parents. 
Due to Covid 19, many colleges are not requiring standardized testing and are adopting test-optional policies for the Class of 2021. You may contact the admissions office or review the website of any university to see what their testing policy for the coming year will be. 
The Compass Guide to College Admission Testing, which is 69 pages, covers such topics as the current testing landscape, test-optional developments, PSAT and PreACT, Score Choice,  superscoring, and much more.
Testing Schedule for the SAT 
Practice Tests for the SAT are on the Collegeboard website.
Testing Schedule for the ACT
ACT Academy offers free personalized online learning to study for the ACT.
The ACT is given free of charge by Discovery High School in the spring of a student's junior year. Students must register and pay for the SAT independently and can do so by creating an account on

All Seniors planning to attend a four-year college may submit either their ACT or SAT scores to colleges. It is recommended that students take the ACT or SAT up to three times.  If students are planning on attending a two-year school, they also have the option of skipping these standardized tests and taking an admission test offered through the community college.

Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch in the counseling office for both the ACT and the SAT.
The Martha Guy Summer Institute for Business Leaders
Any current junior may apply for the Martha Guy Summer Institute for Business Leaders at ASU. The program is designed for juniors with an interest in business as a college major. Students have a two-week residential experience at ASU followed by out-of-state travel. The cost is around $1825.00 for the three-week institute. Need-based scholarships are also available. The deadline to apply is February. See Ms. Arditti for more information. 
Summer Ventures:
If you are a very motivated stsummerudent, consider applying for SUMMER VENTURES in Science and Mathematics. This is a no-cost, state-funded program for academically talented NC students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Current sophomores and juniors may apply, and the application deadline is in January of 2020. This is a four-week program where students live on a college campus and conduct research around topics of interest with like-minded peers. Apply online at or see Ms. Arditti for more details. 
Clemson University Scholars Program: The Clemson University Scholars Program is for students in grade 7 - 12 who want a challenging summer program at a prestigious university. 
The Common App is an undergraduate college admission application that students may use to apply to more than 900 member colleges.
The Residency Determination Service must be completed by all students applying to N.C. public universities, including community colleges. offers reviews of colleges from current and former students.
Ustrive pairs students with an online mentor to assist with college applications, financial aid, and career exploration and is a free service.
The Loan Simulator Tool can help students and parents understand borrowing and repayment options for loans taken out to pay for college.
Cappex is a tool where students may put in their individual data and see what their chances are of getting into a particular university.
Brainworks Learning Center offers tutoring for students taking the ACT and SAT. There is a fee associated with the class. Contact or call 828-381-1538 for more information.
Khan Academy offers free practice tests for the SAT. offers strategies for taking standardized tests as well as SAT and ACT practice and preparation. 
GradReports has a tool called Salary Score to compare expected outcomes at various colleges
My Homework Student Planner App helps students stay organized in school.
  • Our school CEEB code is 342911. This code is requested on college applications, ACT, and SAT registrationtranscripts
  • Student Transcripts: Many colleges request that transcripts are sent electronically. The email address that students should submit to colleges for electronic transcripts to be sent is:
  • Students should send their transcript through CFNC if applying to any public or private university in N.C., including CVCC. Go to CFNC and select the application hub.
  • Campus Reel is an online video platform that is designed to help high school students better explore college options.
  • Selective Service: All male students between the ages of 18 and 25 who live in the U.S. are required to register with the Selective Service. If you are at least 17 years 3 months old, you can register now. The information will be held on file and processed automaticallyselective service when you are within 30 days of your 18th birthday. REGISTRATION IS THE LAW. Student financial aide, citizenship, federal job training, and federal job eligibility will be affected by failure to comply. Go to to register or fill out a registration form at any United States Post Office. 
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Career Exploration
  • CVCC has a career assessment tool called Focus2 that is free and available to all students, even if you do not attend CVCC. Focus2 is under the student services tab of CVCC. Even if you are not a CVCC student, you must create an account to use the tool. Focus2 helps students find a course of study that is in line with their interests and talents. 

Elizabeth Arditti,
School Counselor
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