At DVFS, the College Counseling Department is always working to provide students and families with the necessary tools to make informed decisions about their future through comprehensive, individualized guidance.
From the start, the College Counselor is the DVFS student's advocate throughout their college search, providing guidance on college selection, serving as a link to college admissions offices, and supporting each application with a letter of recommendation. The counselor is also here to help minimize the family's anxiety and confusion during this process, while assisting students with securing academic accommodations as well as completing the application forms and essays. To provide further support, DVFS students receive accounts to sign onto the DVFS Naviance Family Connection page. This online portal helps keep track of important dates, college visits, and college search criteria.
In junior and senior years, students receive extensive support in all aspects of the college application process with emphasis on application completion, interviewing, essay-writing, academic support self-advocacy, evaluating potential schools, and securing financial aid. Students begin meeting regularly with the College Counselor during the fall and winter of their junior year. At that point, the entire family will also meet with the College Counselor to plan for the upcoming year. DVFS also hosts a significant number of colleges and universities every fall and spring for in-school information sessions. Several community meetings and college counseling events are held throughout the year for various grade levels.