Desert Sands's College & Career Readiness

College & Career Readiness

The Desert Sands Unified School District office of college and career readiness is committed to preparing students for lifelong success. We believe that every student has the potential to achieve their dreams, and we are here to provide the guidance and support they need to turn those dreams into reality. We are dedicated to empowering every student with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to thrive in higher education, careers, and life. We offer a comprehensive range of programs and services designed to support students at every stage of their educational journey.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID is a nationally recognized program that equips students with the academic and organizational skills needed to succeed in rigorous coursework and prepare for college. Through AVID, students learn critical thinking, note-taking, and collaboration skills that are essential for higher education and beyond.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Our Career and Technical Education programs provide students with hands-on learning opportunities that align with current industry demands. Through partnerships with local businesses and industry leaders, students gain real-world skills in fields such as healthcare, public service, agriculture, hospitality, and building and construction trades. Whether students are interested in pursuing a trade, entering the workforce immediately after high school, or continuing their education, CTE prepares them for success.

Counseling Services

Our dedicated team of counselors provides personalized guidance to students as they navigate academic challenges, personal development, and career exploration. From academic planning to social-emotional support, our counselors are committed to helping students achieve their full potential.

Summer School Programs

Our high school summer school programs offer students opportunities to catch up on credits or validate courses in a supportive and engaging environment. Whether students are looking to improve their academic standing or delve into enrichment courses, our summer school offerings cater to diverse student needs.

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)

Our Visual and Performing Arts program enriches students' educational experience by fostering creativity, self-expression, and cultural appreciation. Through music, visual arts, theater, and dance, students develop their artistic talents and explore new forms of expression.

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