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Post-Secondary School Requirements

If post-secondary education is desired, admission requirements should be strongly considered when planning a student’s high school program. Because requirements vary widely, the best sources of information are the individual college websites. Students may also research the College Board’s website or Naviance for information about a specific college.

Recommended Entrance Requirements - Highly Selective

Students who plan to attend colleges with highly competitive admissions standards should select the most competitive and demanding courses available.

  • 4 years - English
  • 4 years - Mathematics *
  • 4 years - Science
  • 4 years - Social Science
  • 3 – 4 consecutive years of the same Foreign Language

Additional courses in the above subject or electives in the arts, humanities, or technology determined by the student’s interests.

The counseling department highly recommends Honors and Advanced Placement courses for students capable of handling the challenging pace.

Recommended Entrance Requirements - Moderately Selective

  • 4 years – English
  • 4 years – Mathematics *
  • 3 years – Science (including two with laboratory work)
  • 3 years – Social Science
  • 2 years – Foreign Language (of the same language)
  • 2 Elective courses – recommended being from the Arts, Humanities or Technology

Massachusetts State Colleges and Universities require four mathematics courses (Algebra I and II and Geometry or Trigonometry or comparable course work), including mathematics during the final year of high school.

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Planning for Post DHS

Post - Secondary Planning Support

Counselors meet with students to introduce and explain the various parts of the post-secondary  planning process in both group and individual sessions with students. Juniors and their parents/guardians  are invited to an individual planning conference to develop a personalized college/career search. Students  should continue research, visit, and interview at potential schools during their junior year and the first half  of their senior year. This process clarifies for students their priorities and the entrance requirements of the  schools that interest them. For parent/guardian convenience, counselors are available by appointment on  selected evenings. Families will be notified of these virtual evenings by their student’s counselor. In the  fall of their senior year, counselors meet with students to focus on the various steps in the college  application process. Individual meetings with students and parents/guardians can refine the process  further and focus on the list of schools to which a student will apply. 

Additionally, we invite all juniors and seniors to participate in X-Block workshops with various college  representatives and guest speakers. Our career counselor facilitates these workshops to help support all  juniors and seniors in their post-secondary exploration and learn about life on a college campus. 

Parent programs include presentations by school counselors on various aspects of college admissions,  post-secondary planning, PSAT scores, course planning, and college financial aid resources.