12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85259   MAP
Phone: 480-484-7000 | Attendance: 480-484-7003 | Fax: 480-484-7001
Office Hours: 7:00am - 3:30pm | School Hours: 7:45am - 2:20pm

Dr. Lisa Hirsch, Principal | Stephen Cervantez, David Vines, Alisha Bradford & Christopher Perry, AP's

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Guidance Department



The DMHS Guidance office is open from 7:30am to 2:30pm daily.
The counselors are divided by student's last names

Counselor Student's Last Name   Email
Mr. Gary Griggs   A - Da  


Ms. Megan Reddell De-H  


TBD   I - Mi  


Ms. Paige Phelps   Mo - Sc  


Ms. Leanne DeFay   Se - Z  


Ms. Mary Cole   Administrative Support  



SCC College English Testing 

Seniors planning on attending SCC in the fall…sign up in the college and career center by April 25th for the SCC placement exam being held @ DMHS on May 1st at 12:00 in Lab 7209. You will need to have an SCC account before you can sign up for the exam. Stop by the counseling office, the college & career center, or check the College Testing folder below for information. Space is limited so sign up ASAP 

Arizona Board of Regents

Arizona Board of Regents has recently updated the qualifications for a student to be assured admission to Arizona’s three state schools. Students will now qualify if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are an Arizona resident
  • Attend an Arizona regionally accredited high school
  • Have no course work deficiencies as prescribed by the Arizona Board of Regents
  • Have at least a 3.0 unweighted core course GPA
PSAT Scores
Follow this link for PSAT score access:
  • See all your scores and if you are on track for college readiness
  • View detailed explanations of skills required to be college ready
  • Send your scores to Khan Academy® for personalized practice recommendations
  • Search for colleges that fit your needs
  • Access your PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score used for participation in programs conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation
  • Start on your scholarship and college financial aid plan
  • Take a personality test to find majors and careers fit for you
  • Get feedback on your readiness for AP courses
State Civics Test
The state of Arizona has implemented a new high school graduation requirement.  Students will be required to pass a state civics exam, which will be given when students are taking a social studies class at DMHS. Students who are not currently enrolled in a social studies class may take the test during finals week.  Look in the "DMHS" folder below for a copy of the civics exam and answer key. Follow this link for more online practice tests..
New District Policy on Dropping Classes
Important changes have been made to the district policies on dropping classes! Please review this important information and the changes to the district policy and how it impacts student’s transcripts.
Classes that are dropped during the first four weeks of the first quarter (or third quarter for second semester classes) will not be shown on student's high school transcript. Classes dropped during the remainder of the first quarter (or third quarter for second semester classes) will have a WP (Withdraw Passing) or WF (Withdraw Failing) on their transcript, depending on the student’s current grade. If a student drops a class any time in the second quarter (or fourth quarter for second semester classes), they will receive an “F” on their transcript, no matter what their current grade is in that class. Students will remain in the class they dropped on an audit basis for the remainder of the semester.
Student Grade Access
Student's grades are accessed thru a online system, called  StudentVue. There is a link to  StudentVue on the center of the DMHS website.  For detailed instructions, see the" DMHS Grades" document below.  Directions for accessing student grades, assignments, course history, future course requests, attendance and immunization records are included. Log on is the student's I.D. number and the password is their
birth date (mmddyyyyy)

Seniors -College Application Process
Senior Meeting Information
To apply to an instate university
1)      Application: Go online to: www.arizona.eduwww.asu.eduwww.nau.edu and fill out an application online. Submit with an application fee. Check for honors colleges requirements
2)      Transcript: Go online to the Parchment website and order an official transcript to be sent to the school(s) to which you are applying
3)      Test Scores: Go online to www.collegeboard.com (for SAT’s) and/or www.actstudent.org (for ACT”s) to send your official test scores to the school(s) to which you are applying, if you did not do this when you originally registered for the test
To apply to an out of state college, you will follow the same process of sending an online application, official transcript and official test scores to the schools.  For colleges that use the Common Application forms, go to www.commonapp.org
If you need a letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher:
1)      Set an appointment with your counselor/teachers. Say "please" and "thank you"!
2)      Have a completed letter of recommendation form (available on DMHS counselor website) The more complete your form, the better your letter of recommendation! Some counselors want you to schedule an interview after you have submitted your form - check with them. There is an optional parent form.
3)      Submit your counselor's email for electronic submissions or bring a stamped/addressed envelope for others.
4)      You must allow 2 WEEKS for the letters to be completed. The counseling office is closed over October break and Winter break, so plan ahead!!!

Online Learning Classes
All online academic credits must be taken through SUSD eLearning . Visit SUSD eLearning for course lists, descriptions and additional information. SUSD will accept transfer credits form other online providers as elective credit only. The new elearning link is https://susd.geniussis.com
College Visits
Students should sign up for all college visits on Naviance and print out the confirmation the day prior to the college visit. This print-out will serve as a Pass to show your teacher so you are excused from class. Students should go to the period class they will be missing prior to the college presentation and get the teacher to sign off on the print out. Teachers have the right to deny attendance at the college visit due to excessive absenteeism, tardiness, tests or critical lesson plans. After the confirmation has been signed, bring this print out to the College & Career Center to hear the presentation. The confirmation will be collected and given to Attendance to excuse your absence. If you do not have a printer, see Mrs. Loftus at least 24 hours prior to visit  
Have you tried Naviance……??
Naviance is an online portfolio system adopted by SUSD for students to complete their Educational Career Action Plan (ECAP). Students can enter the courses they are taking in Naviance under “Course Planner”; take a career inventory at “Career Interest Profiler” and investigate colleges in “College Search”.   Log on today (student number and birthdate) and give it a try! The website is http://connection.naviance.com/desertmhs.
Dual Enrollment Information
The Dual Enrollment Program was designed to provide an opportunity for qualified high school students to enroll in college courses at high school locations, and to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. Scottsdale Community College has established agreements with local high schools to offer selected courses to students who have been identified as candidates for college-level work. Dual Enrollment courses may be offered in a variety of courses but offerings vary from year to year depending on SUSD staff qualifications and SCC certification requirements. For more information go to http://www.scottsdalecc.edu/future-students/high-school/dual-enrollment
Have you registered for SAT and/or ACT?  College bound students should take this test in the spring of their junior year. Register and pay online.  Links to these website are available as links at the bottom of this webpage.
Seniors Admitted to Instate Colleges
ASU -Admitted students: Important links
Orientation:  http://students.asu.edu/orientation
Math placement test:  http://math.asu.edu/fym/placement.html   
MMR/Immunization link: http://students.asu.edu/node/1545.

U of A - Admitted students: Important links
Orientation:  http://admissions.arizona.edu/orientation/index.html
Math placement test:  http://math.arizona.edu/placement
MMR/Immunization link:http://www.health.arizona.edu/webfiles/health_services_immunizations.htm

NAU –Admitted students: Important links
Orientation: https://www5.nau.edu/nsp/orientation/
Math placement test: http://www.nau.edu/ctc/testing/placement.htm
MMR/Immunization link:   http://www4.nau.edu/fronske/immunizations.htm

State College Contacts
ASU Morgan Hatlestad (480- 965-4403ASUMorganHatlestad@asu.edu
UA Alex Nunez (602-827-2196)  atn1990@email.arizona.edu
NAU Abby Tudor 928-523-0448  abby.tudor@nau.edu
SCC Jessica Wong (480-423-6870)  jessica.wong@scottsdalecc.edu
UA Honors College: Jenni Keatseangsilp, (520 626-8261) jmkeat2@email.arizona.edu 
ASU Honors College: Michelle Hollin 480 965-1520 michellehollin@asu.edu
NAU Honors College: nau.edu/honors
SCC Honors program: scottsdalecc.edu/academics/honors-program


folder-icon-512x512.png  AP

 Arizona College Information

folder-icon-512x512.png College Admission
Common Application, Letters of recommendation forms, WUE/WICHE, etc.

folder-icon-512x512.png College Testing
SCC Accuplacer, ACT, SAT, PSAT

folder-icon-512x512.png DMHS
Credit checklist, grade check, High School Planning Guide, Civics exam, dual enrollment information

folder-icon-512x512.png eLearning
Documents for getting started and completing elearning classes with SUSD
folder-icon-512x512.png NCAA
Information on current NCAA requirements for college athletic participation
Community resources and information
folder-icon-512x512.png  Tutors
Adult tutors who have submitted their names to DMHS as being available for academic and study skills support.


View important links here
ACT registration
Students may register for the ACT exam and/or send scores from this site
AIMS Information
Information about the AIMS tests including details of the AIMS tuition waiver scholarship
Arizona State University
Provide registration and general information on Arizona State University in Tempe and Phoenix
Arizona Career Information System website used to create an electronic porfolio, and provide educational, interest and occupational information
AZ Department of Education
Information on state educational mandates, legislation and more.
Portal to assist students in planning to apply for college and exam equivalency guide
Barrett Honors College-ASU
This site provides information and applications for the Barrett Honors College at ASU
CAS Forms
Creativity, Action and Service, otherwise known as the (CAS) is a core component of the IB program
CLEP Exams
College Level Examination Program offers exams in 33 areas for possible college credit
Coconino CC transfer program
This program allows students to attend classes at Coconino Community College while living in dorms on the NAU campus in Flagstaff
College Scorecard
Government guide for finding college and estimating the cost for students
College Video Tours
Virtual tours of various campuses led by students
Common Application
Link to the Common Application accepted by many out of state universites
Community Mental Health Resources
Links to community providers and agencies, and a web based resource directory of providers that is available to all staff, parents, and students
Admission program to NAU while completing associate's degree at a community college for the first two years
Convert Your Score SAT/ACT
Online tool for SAT to ACT or ACT to SAT score conversion
Course Selection
Information and materials for 2015-16 course selection at DMHS
Debt.org provides students and families about information on student college loans and debt
EFC Calculator
This website offers an estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) claculator for determining financial aid
Erik the Red
Compiled by a master test prep tutor, this website is full of FREE information and resources for learning SAT and ACT concepts
A way to search for scholarships to help pay for college. See counselor for password
East Valley Institute of Technology- Provide qualified students a comprehensive career-based education in partnership with business, industry and East Valley school districts
FAFSA- Financial Aid forms
Seniors who are applying for financial aid must register online.
Flinn Scholarship
Information and application for the Flinn Scholaship
Honors College at UA
Admission information for the Honors College program at the University of Arizona
Honors Program at NAU
Information about the honors program at NAU
Honors program at SCC
Honors program at SCC based on class rand and/or placement testing
In Like Me
This website offers great tips for college admission and financial aid information
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Information and applications about the International Baccalaureate Program
Khan Academy
Online lessons on topics as varied as Quadratic Eqations to Haitian History. Hundreds of math problems are clarified with online videos.
Program at SCC that guarantees transfer credits and admission to ASU degree programs as well as tuition limits. See "Maricopa Pathways" information document
Maricopa CC Placement Tests
Sample placement tests for English and Math course taken at DMHS for dual enrollment or at one of the Maricopa CC campuses
Maricopa Community Colleges
For information for all of the community colleges in Maricopa County including Scottsdale Community College
Career Inventory game developed by ASU for high school students to explore career options
The DMHS link to Naviance provides students and parents a means to plan for students career, college and academic goals. The sign on (email) is a student's ID number and password is their 8 digit birthdate.
NCAA Clearinghouse
Source of NCAA clearinghouse registration for students who are planning to participate in a Division I & II athletics. See documents under "Department Files" for eligibility and changes for 2016 graduates
Northern Arizona University
General information and registration materials for NAU in Flagstaff
PLAN - score interpretation
Information for 10th grade students and parents on interpreting the PLAN score report
SALT Program at UA
Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center at the University of Arizona.
SAT/ACT Test Prep
SAT/ACT practice tests and flashcards
SAT registration
Students may register for the SAT exams and/or send their test scores to colleges
SCC registration
To register for SCC; Fall 2012 registration begins April 1, 2012
State Financial aid programs
Website for all state financial aide programs
For official transcripts for college applications and scholarships
UA Bridge program
Details for students for the transfer program from the community college to the University of Arizona
UA Degree Search
Sample four year plans with math and language requirements for degree plans at the University of Arizona
College search website with reviews by students
University of Arizona
General information and registration links for UA in Tucson
Virtual Counseling Center
Career exploration tests linked to occupational and educational databases offered by ASU
Western Undergraduate Exchange: Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.