College Readiness Coordinators/Counselors:
- Jim Sheldon: 8th and 11th Grade Counselor, 720-424-0501, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hap Legg, Senior Counselor 720-424-0482, email@example.com
- Jody Wickers: Counselor Concurrent Enrollment and Middle School Scheduling, 720-424-4050, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jasmine Rainey, Denver Scholarship Foundation College Advisor: 720-424-0496, email@example.com
- Casandra Wint- Freshman Seminar, Future Choices and Career Connection Experience (CCE) Teacher, 720-424-0503, firstname.lastname@example.org
**Students should be checking their email DAILY for announcements and updates**
- To order cap and gowns, go to www.RMBalfour.com
- To update graduation slide show submissions, send corrections to email@example.com
1. Cap and Gown Photos-March 22nd @ MLK
-Loaner cap and gown provided-
2. Graduation Rehearsal Prelim*-Friday, May 19th (7:45 AM-11 AM) @ MLK
-Breakfast NOT provided-
***Seniors will pick up cap and gown prior to rehearsal
3. Graduation Rehearsal Final-Saturday, May 27th @ University of Denver’s Magness Arena -inside the Ritchie Center-(3 PM-4 PM)
To view map of the Ritchie Center at DU http://ritchiecenter.du.edu/first-time-visitor/ (scroll down to see map)
Students meet at Hamilton Gym (Inside Ritchie Center)
*Wear graduation cap and gowns
4. Graduation Ceremony-Saturday, May 27th
Doors open at 4:30PM
Ceremony begins at 5:30PM
Parking at DU will cost $7 per car
The counselors at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College believe…
- All students have the right to participate in the school counseling program.
- All students’ cultural and personal needs and learning styles will be considered in the planning & implementation of the school counseling program.
- All students will have access to a Master’s level school counselor driven program.
The counselors at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College believe their comprehensive school counseling program will…..
- Be data driven.
- Be based on specific goals and developmental student competencies.
- Be planned and coordinated by the school counseling team and collaborated with administration, other school personnel, parents, and community members.
- Utilize community resources for program delivery.
- Actively monitor student achievement.
- Be reviewed annually by the district counseling team in cooperation with the school counseling team and administrators.
The counselors at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College believe the Counseling Department will….
- Consider how student achievement has increased as a result of what counselors do.
- Abide by professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association National Standards.
The mission of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, culturally responsive, developmental and preventative counseling program that supports all students through a caring and enriching environment and encourages them to succeed academically, socially, personally, and vocationally today, tomorrow and in the future as defined by the American School Counselor Association national Standards through:
- A dedication to the mission of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College, which is “to graduate students who are GREAT LEADERS, GREAT THINKERS, AND GREAT COMMUNICATORS.”
- A commitment to being a data driven counseling department based on our 2012-2013 Counseling Department Goals
- A commitment to all student graduating with a completed Personal Education Plan, succinct and relevant to their post-secondary goals.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College counseling department is dedicated to student support in the following areas…. post-secondary support through:
- Assisting with college applications and advisement
- Supporting FAFSA completion
- Individual career and vocational advisement
- Informing students of programs available to support post-secondary success, such as concurrent enrollment,collaborating with Goodwill and DSF
Academic support through:
- Individual and small groups to support and facilitate academic growth
- Keeping students on track to graduate
- Providing opportunities to learn study skills
- Transcript evaluation to assess credits and graduation requirements
Career support through:
- Administering interest inventories and making relevant connections to careers
- Assisting with resume writing
- Personal career planning
Personal/Social support through:
- Supporting and assisting with conflict resolutions
- Providing crisis intervention
- Facilitating interpersonal and support groups based on needs of students
- Support students dealing with issues of grief and loss
Concurrent enrollment is a program offered to MLK Jr. Early College Juniors and Seniors where Denver Public Schools will pay for students to take two college courses each semester.
Things to consider:
- Most college courses are 3 credits each. If your student took full advantage of this opportunity, students could potentially earn 24 college credits by the time they graduate! (24 credits usually equals one full year of college!!)
- At the Community College of Aurora, one credit is worth about $147.42. If your student took full advantage of this opportunity (24 college credits), students could save at least $3,528 at CCA, and more at a state college/university.
- If a student earns at least 12 college credits by the end of their senior year with a GPA of 2.0, students could potentially be eligible for a program called ASCENT, which would give your student a full year of college at a participating community college paid for by Denver Public Schools.
For more information, please contact the College Readiness Coordinators in the Future Center.
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- Jasmine Rainey is your go-to person through the entire college application process throughout the entire school year and will help you with ANYTHING regarding the college process. Including:
- Requesting official transcripts
- College/scholarship applications
- College/scholarship research
- And much more!
- ACT Exam Dates 2014-2015: (To register go to www.actstudent.org)
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required) September 13, 2014 August 8, 2014 August 9–22, 2014 October 25, 2014 September 19, 2014 September 20–October 3, 2014 December 13, 2014 November 7, 2014 November 8–21, 2014 February 7, 2015* January 9, 2015 January 10–16, 2015 April 18, 2015 March 13, 2015 March 14–27, 2015 June 13, 2015 May 8, 2015 May 9–22, 2015
If you didn’t do well on the last ACT exam or would like to retake the exam, the next test date is September 13. Contact Jasmine Rainey for details and possible ACT fee waivers.NOTE: Students can only use two ACT fee waivers. After the ACT website will reject them and require payment via a check or credit card. So make sure you’re prepared for the exam!
What Should You Be Doing in August
- Start researching colleges and keep a list of those you’re interested in.
- Start working on your college essays.
- Think of 2-3 teachers, coaches, and/or community members who would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you.
- When school starts, complete a letter of recommendation request form (you can get one from the Future Center) and submit it to your teacher(s).
- Think of activities that you can join this year
- Find volunteering opportunities. Keep track of how many hours you volunteer. Whether you have a 2.0 or a 4.0 GPA most scholarship committees (and colleges) want students who are involved!
Martin Luther King Jr., Early College follows the graduation requirements of Denver Public Schools, which include:
- Students need 240 credits to graduate:
- Students must complete at least 60 credits a year to advance to the next grade level
- Each class is 5 credits per a semester, except for Student Assistant (only 2.5 credits)
- Breakdown of requirements:
- 40 credits (4 years) of English
- 40 credits (4 years) of Math
- 30 credits (3 years) of Social Studies
- 30 credits (3 years) of Science
- 10 credits (1 year) of PE
- 10 credits (1 year) of a Fine Art
- 80 credits of elective coursework
While foreign language is not a graduation requirement, MLK Jr., Early College highly recommends students to complete 2-3 years (20-30 credits) of a language, as foreign language is an admissions requirement for most 4-year colleges and universities.
For more information: Denver Public Schools High School Graduation Requirements PDF
In addition to graduation, MLK Jr. Early College expects every student to be accepted to at least one college/university. To achieve this, we recommend students to seriously consider the Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR). See below.
|Subject||Minimum College Preparation||State Universities and Other Selective College Requirements||Highly SelectiveCollege Recommendations|
|English (with an emphasis on reading & writing)||4 years||4 years||4 years|
|Math||3 years includingalgebra, geometryand advanced algebra||4 years, includingalgebra, geometry, and advanced algebra||4 years, includingalgebra, geometry, and advancedalgebra|
|Social Studies||2-3 years, including1 year of U.S. Historyand 1-2 years from othersocial sciences||2-3 years, including 1year of U. S. History and 1-2 years fromother social sciences||2-3 years including 1 year of U.S. Historyand 1-2 years from other social sciences|
|Science||2 years of labscience: BiologyChemistry, orPhysics||2-3 years of labscience: BiologyChemistry, or Physics||2 years of labscience: BiologyChemistry, orPhysics|
|Foreign Language||2 years of the sameforeign language||2-4 years of the sameforeign language||4 years of the sameforeign language|
Naviance provides the following services to students and parents:
- Help students establish meaningful post-secondary goals
- Connect current and future coursework (4-year plan) with post-secondary goals
- College research and exploration activities to foster individualized and relevant planning.
- Providing resources and activities to prepare students for the world of work
- Encourage students to pursue more rigorous coursework by combining academic data with information about student college and career interests.
- Increase communication with parents around important decisions such as course planning, college admissions and post-secondary planning.
- Parents are more than welcomed to link their email with their students Naviance account so that they are better informed with what Future Center Events are being held.
- Provide more support, encouragement and guidance to students with a variety of communication tools that help students stay motivated.
To sign onto Naviance select the link below.
* If you have difficulty logging in, please contact the counselors.
AVID is a National and International program designed to level the playing field for all students to achieve academic success. AVID is a school-wide initiative, not a school within a school. AVID is designed to influence the culture of the entire school. The mission of AVID is ensure that all students complete a college preparatory path in which they will succeed in the most rigorous curriculum, enter the mainstream activities of the school, increase their enrollment in a 2-4 year college, and become responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.
The mission of AVID is ensure that all students complete a college preparatory path in which they will succeed in the most rigorous curriculum, enter the mainstream activities of the school, increase their enrollment in a 2-4 year college, and become responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College is a nationally certified AVID school. We are moving into our 3rd year of school-wide AVID implementation encompassing the middle and high school. Rigorous AVID teaching strategies are utilized in every classroom, including a paradigm called WICR (pronounced “wicker”). WICR is writing to learn, emphasis on inquiry, a collaborative approach, and critical reading strategies. AVID at Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College is rooted in all aspects of the “MLK WAY,” which emphasizes High Expectations, No Excuses, and the Relentless Pursuit of Excellence.