Denver Online High School is looking for full-time students who ask questions, who love to read and write, who work well with others, who express themselves in creative ways, who are respected by their teachers and peers, who are interested in participating in extra curricular activities, and who love to learn. Completing an online course requires a lot of self-discipline and initiative. You have to make yourself sign on regularly and spend hours sitting in front of a computer. And you have to develop a study schedule and stick to it. Students who lack these abilities, are not likely to do well in online courses. Furthermore, some students simply don’t enjoy learning online – they like the classroom experience.
Online Learning may not be:
- for uncommitted students who are not self-motivated
- for students who are not self-disciplined
- for students seeking legal assistance or are court ordered to attend school, but not serious about furthering their education
- for students overage and 1 or more years behind in credits to graduate
- for students who are dependent learners and have difficulty assuming responsibilities
- for students with a history of making excuses that interfere with academic success
- for students who have difficulty completing things
- for students who do not have easy access to a computer and internet connection 24 hours/7days a week
The following steps and selection criteria are required to enroll in Denver Online High School
Step 1: To apply for full-time admission applicants must:
- Be able to establish Colorado residency.
- Be of high school age and not yet 21 years of age.
- Be committed to participate and fulfill required obligations for being a successful online student..
Step 2: – Complete and submit the online interest applicaton
- Click on this link to fill out our online interest application.
Step 3: Student and parent interview: The most important step in the selection process is developing both parent and student awareness of the program, its focus, and major responsibilities.
- Parent, Guardian or Mentor must participate along with the enrolling student.
- There is no specific preparation required for the interview.
- This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other on a more personal level and for applicants to ask any final questions about our programs and community.
- Parents need to fully understand and support this important decision, as well as the personal expectations and their involvement that come with it.
- Student demonstrates a positive attitude and eagerness to learn.
- A current transcript is required and must include the most current grades and/or comments. A Transcript Release form is available here for out of district applicants.
- Provide birth certificate, ID and residency verification at interview.
Step 4: Testing
- After the interview, students will be given a 30-minute placement test (student must read at grade level or no lower than 9th grade).
- Admissions Essay – that will be done from home and emailed in for review.
- Complete official DPS application and other required paperwork.
Step 5: – Participate in an onsite or online orientation. (This can be done before Step 2 or 3 if desired)
Selection Criteria: Students are eligible for admission if the assessment and verification shows that DOHS is able to meet the student’s emotional, social, physical and academic needs based on the the following criteria. Applicants scoring less 20pts.on the selection rubric may be placed on a waiting list or referred to another program that may better meet their individual needs.
- Exhibition of the personal characteristics in the Online learner profile.
- Adequate reading skills to be able to gain information independently (9th grade or higher).
- Motivated to participate and complete high school with a diploma or GED.
- Committed to consistent attendance (4hrs per day, 5 days a week).
- Ability and willingness to work independently.
- Grade Point Average (GPA) 2.0 or higher (preferred).
- Responsible, determined, focused and accepts ownership of learning without making excuses or avoiding getting assistance.
- Interest and ability to participate in community based activities that may include internships, employment and/or other work related activities, recreation, management of personal schedule, and other activities.
- A student’s attendance and behavior records may also be reviewed and considered in the selection process.
Once accepted, the student may be asked to submit additional documentation in order to secure his/her place in the school. A wait pool will be maintained for qualified students who cannot be accepted because of full enrollment. Students who do not qualify will be informed and provided with other school options.
- Complete online student application form
- Make appointment for enrollment meeting (720-424-8280)
- Parent or guardian and student meet with Principal, enrollment team and/or counselor.
- Student completes placement test.
- Student meets initial requirements.
- Student attends Orientation.
- Counselor meets with student to review credits and develop schedule.
- Parent meets with secretary to verify registration packet is complete and all home contact information is up to date and correct.
- Parent and student meet with assigned school advocate to sign contract.