Schedule of Presenters
Overview of Events
9:30 AM to 12:15 PM
Sessions One (Fall), Three (Winter) and Five (Spring) will feature our sports by season. Along with athletic programs, our department chairs will be presenting about their curriculum and subject electives throughout your child's four years here at Dana Hills.
Sessions Two, Four and Six feature our academies, electives, and co-curricular programs of note. These presenters repeat each of the three sessions in order to give you flexibility of choice throughout the morning.
Dana Hills Associated Student Union leaders will be in room 610 throughout the morning, holding a Q & A open forum regarding student life and traditions.
Dana Hills Guidance office staff members Lexi Jakovich and Angie Gutierrez will be in room 502 to help families with school-of-choice applications.
Are you new to CUSD schools? If so, please drop by room 701 and visit with the registrar, Susana Lomeli. She is there to assist all new families coming from private schools or transferring from out of the district with their pre-enrollment applications.
Both the PTSA and Dolphin Outfitters will be open for spirit wear sales.
12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
Come enjoy a taco bar lunch, served by our talented Gourmet Foods students, out on the stadium patio and meet our coaches, teachers, academic advisers, and administrators.
What the Day is About
Today, we will provide families and prospective students an opportunity to not only visit our campus, but to explore the unique academies that Dana Hills offers, as well as a chance to meet and talk with our inspiring teachers and coaches who direct our many programs.
Our Programs at Dana Hills
Dana Hills has so much to offer to so many interests. From our outstanding athletic programs to our award-winning arts academy, SOCSA, to career paths in health sciences, hospitality and entrepreneurship, we believe that after visiting today, you will walk away as our newest Dolphin, knowing that we have your best interest always in mind.
At Dana we offer a multitude of sports, all of which are both competitive and highly ranked. This past semester, six out of the seven fall sports offered made it to County Top 10, and four of those seven competed in League Championships. Our Dolphins also pride themselves in the well-known statistic that students who participate in athletics often excel more academically than those who don't. Half of our student body is involved in our sports program, and the majority of these students that graduate move onto a four-year college. Not only do athletics provide sportsmanship and responsibility, but they also help in a social aspect, creating long lasting bonds throughout high school. Our sports teams continue to be one of the easiest ways for first-time Dolphins to meet and connect with other students. Dana Hills has recently upgraded both of its weight rooms and all other Dana Hills athletic facilities are continuously improving.
south orange county school of the arts academy
For 20 years, the South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA) has offered an accelerated training in dance, drama, instrumental music, visual arts, technical theater, and vocal music programs to over 500 students on the Dana Hills High School campus annually. In addition to a traditional high school work load, SOCSA students are given the opportunity to participate in a conservatory-styled education, being lead by experienced full-time staff members in addition to numerous talented coaches hand selected for their experience and professional credentials. The number of performance and showcase opportunities are unrivaled across the district. Our students enter the work field with a love for the arts and a work ethic guaranteed to prepare them for a successful future.
Health and Medical Occupations academy
One of the most well known academies offered at Dana Hills is the Health Medical Occupation program (HMO). HMO is the perfect fit for students who are interested in a career in the medical field. Rather than waiting until college to discover your calling, through HMO, the students are able to experience hands-on and real-world applications. Each student enrolled in HMO is given the opportunity to work with hospitals and other medical centers through internships. HMO students are required to participate in medical applications that are integrated into class schedules. Through the required Health I and II classes, students learn how to stitch, draw blood, become CPR certified, etc. Freshman year, the HMO students will participate in a Saddleback nursing lab field study. The following years in an HMO member's progress through their high school career include more internships and opportunities. As a Sophomore, students intern at the UCSD medical center, and as Juniors they partake in Quest Diagnostics. Senior year consists of a trip to San Francisco where they will continue to further their medical skills. If you are interested in joining, an application and interview are necessary, but selections are based off of interest more than anything else.
Dana Hills has partnered with The Monarch Beach Resort to create a hospitality academy. The Dana Hills High School Monarch Beach Academy is a year-long program that consists of students that show an interest in the hospitality industry. This program is an amazing professional experience for students, providing hands on experience working in a 5 Star resort. Students are given the opportunity to job shadow under the direct supervision of the department managers at the resort. Once shadowing rotations are completed, hospitality academy students choose an area of focus, and complete an internship in that department. Rather than having to wait until after graduation, through these internships, students get the opportunity to jump start their careers. Following the internships entry level employment may be offered. Internship areas include: culinary arts, concierge, front desk, reservations, in room dining, restaurant front of house, events, and human resources. **Students must go through an interview screening conducted on campus to be selected for the program.
Another new academy to Dana Hills is the Entrepreneur Academy. In this academy, students will master basic business principles and procedures before proceeding to their career path specializations. These specializations emphasize concepts of accounting and financing, including computer applications, taxes, investments, and asset management. Students will also enroll in AP Economics and as a capstone class, will have options of Kids Helping Kids OC and a Shark Tank style entrepreneur class. This class will give them the opportunity to present their entrepreneurial projects to local venture capitalists.