PREP Academy

Rigor, Relevance and Relationship

College and Career

DPS CareerConnect

Denver Public Schools CareerConnect offers students relevant courses while connecting them with partner companies and higher education institutions for hands-on workplace experiences and mentoring. The program equips graduates with high-demand skills and leads to opportunities for continued education and careers in Colorado’s highest-growth, highest-opportunity industries.

At PREP Academy we strive to provide this opportunity for our students and to achieve post-secondary education and long-term goals.


Students at PREP Academy are introduced to a wide variety of technical concepts to help prepare them for a career in Computer Science.  Topics covered but not limited to coding, robotics, 3-D printing, web design and multimedia platforms.


Students with disabilities supported through AceConnect in that the program prepares and ensures that they are post-secondary workforce-ready.  Students can select an industry of their choice to build soft-skills that align with their career choice.  Students have the choice of taking vocational courses at other designated schools that provide targeted areas of vocational education.

College Preparedness

Our College and Career counselor advices our students, not only high school graduation requirements, but also helping students to determine their aptitude towards a specific career field.  Every student will have access to Naviance to determine their course of action towards planning their career by first determining their strong points.  Naviance helps students to do this.


Counseling Team Page

Contact Info

Jamie Wier,

Hours: M-F, 7:30am-3:30pm

Julia Finlayson,

Hours: M/Tu/Th: 7:30am-2:30pm and every other Wed. 10am-2pm

Kelley Taylor,

Hours: M/Tu/W: 7:30am-4pm

The Counseling Office is open during lunch and by appointment!

Graduation Requirements

General Information:

Current Requirements

Below is a summary of courses all students need to complete with a passing grade to graduate with a DPS diploma before 2021:

  • 40 credits of language arts courses, including Introduction to Literature and Composition, American Literature, World Literature and Upper Division Writing;
  • 30 credits of social studies courses, including U.S. History and Civics;
  • 40 credits of math courses, including Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Upper Level Math;
  • 30 credits of lab science courses, including at least two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science or Physics;
  • 10 credits of physical education, such as Dance, Citywide Marching Band, ROTC or DPS Athletics;
  • 40 credits of academic elective courses, including, but not limited to, Fine Arts, Career and Technical Education, English/Social Studies electives, World Languages, AVID, Gear-Up and AP/IB courses;
  • 50 credits of elective courses from either academic courses or other electives, including, but not limited to, Art, Business/Marketing, Foreign Language, Industrial Technology, Music or Physical Education.

Requirements for the Class of 2021 and beyond:

Starting with the Class of 2021, students will need to complete three key requirements to earn a diploma:

  • Planning for the future through the Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP)
  • 24 units of course credit in required areas, including a minimum of:
    • English 4 units
    • Math 4 units
    • Science 3 units
    • Social Studies 3 units (to include .5 unit of Civics)
    • Physical Education 1 unit
    • Arts or eligible CTE 1 unit
    • Approved Electives 8 units
  • Competency demonstrations in English and math through college and career assessments, a capstone to show mastery of the standards, or by attaining an approved career certification

This new approach is less about the time spent in a classroom, and more about students demonstrating they are truly prepared for the world after high school.

**Please contact the counseling team if you have questions.**


Individual Academic and Career Plans

Individual Academic and Career Plans (ICAPs), formerly PEPs, are a part of The Denver Plan. ICAPs meet state legislation requirements and are a graduation requirement for students graduating in 2011 and beyond. Starting in sixth grade and continuing throughout high school, students create and update an ongoing plan which includes counselor-led activities on career interests, goal setting, college opportunities, financial aid, and noncognitive skills which increase academic success. The district-wide tools for this process include College in Colorado, Naviance, and counselor-led lessons.

At P.R.E.P., we use Counselor-led lessons in conjunction with Naviance to help you complete your ICAP. Naviance is used as the post-secondary planning resource for Individual Career and Academic Plans for 9th through 12th grade. Naviance is used by counselors, administrators, and school staff, while Family Connection is for students and parents. If your school subscribes to Family Connection, please contact your counselor for your school’s Family Connection web address. For security reasons, Naviance cannot provide technical support to students or parents. Your counselor can verify the features you are authorized to access and can assist you with establishing a new account or resetting your password.

Please see the counseling calendar to find out when we will be having counselor-lead lessons.

Concurrent Enrollment

Through DPS’ Concurrent Enrollment program, P.R.E.P. encourages students to become college students WHILE finishing their high school graduation requirements! This program allows students to enroll in classes/programs of their choice, through partnering schools such as Community College of Denver and Emily Griffith Technical College, in order to:

  • Gain exposure to higher education (rigor, schedule, homework, expectations, etc.)
  • To work on a certificate or trade that will provide students better employment opportunities
  • Complete high school graduation requirements while incurring college credit
  • To become college ‘ready’ through Developmental Education courses
  • To take college courses for minimal cost to the student **

**DPS will pay for these courses as long as the student completes the course(s) and earns a C or higher grade. Please note that students may be required to repay the cost of tuition to their school if they do not pass or withdraw from the class in a timely manner. **Students are responsible for the cost of books, fees, and transportation to these programs (inquire about assistance for these costs with your counselor).

Please visit the Counseling Office if you are interested in Concurrent Enrollment or would like more information!

Paying for College

Explore different career paths!

  • Naviance has career exploration tools:; username: DPS ID number; password: 6 digit birthday, ex: 012101.
  • On Naviance, click on “careers” and take career assessments such as the career interest profiler and “do what you are” surveys.
  • My Next Move has allows you to browse careers and find jobs that fit your personality and skill;
  • College in Colorado also allows you to see what majors prepare you for certain careers:

Research colleges to create a list of schools that are a good fit for you!

  • On Naviance, click on “Supermatch college search” to complete a survey that will give you a list of schools fitting your chosen criteria – this is great if you are looking out of state!
  • Add colleges to the “Colleges I am Applying to” list in the Colleges Tab.
  • College Board is a great website for searching for colleges, and checking admissions requirements:

Search for scholarships!

More Resources

  • The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  If you are eligible, you could earn FREE money for college.  Visit:
  • FAFSA Checklist: This document provides a list of everything you need to complete your FAFSA.
  • FAFSA Cheat Sheet: This document provides step by step help in completing your FAFSA.
  • Institutional Scholarship Handout This document provides scholarships information for various schools around the state.

**Visit the Counseling Office for help with exploring careers and colleges.**



Khan Academy  (SAT Prep):

Accuplacer (With practice test): Can this be a link to a pdf?  The pdf is attached to this email




Denver Scholarship Foundation:

College in Colorado: