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DLA Prepares Leaders for Selective High Schools

 

 

Serenity Harris, DLA alumna, is a 10th grade student at Ponitz High School

How well did DLA prepare you for high school?

DLA prepared me well for high school. I felt ready for high school because a lot of the material we covered in 8th grade is what we did in 9th grade.

What do you miss most about DLA?

I miss being at DLA in general. I miss the teachers, my teammates, and the family atmosphere. I really miss DLA.

What are your plans for college and your future?

I received one of the College Promise Scholarships, so I would like to go to Ohio State to study law. I eventually want to go to Harvard or Yale to get a higher degree Master’s and hopefully a Ph.D and then practice law.

 

Laniya Cunningham, DLA alumna, is a 9th grade student at Thurgood Marshall High School

 

 

How well did DLA prepare you for high school?

 

With 10 being the best, I would rate DLA a 9.5 or 10. My teachers really worked with me and didn’t give up on me. Last year, we had lots of high school readiness activities. The high school transition coordinator gave us lots of information about high school, so I was more prepared than a lot of my peers here at Thurgood. Because of my middle school teachers, I knew about college credits, GPAs, and transcripts. A lot of my current peers weren’t taught that when they were in middle school. My Thurgood teachers talk about these things in class and asks who’s familiar with these terms. I’m confident to say that I learned about all this at DLA.

 

What do you miss most about DLA? 

I had a great support system at DLA. There were people willing to connect me to resources and talk to me when I needed someone to listen." I was able to connect with more people at DLA because it's smaller. Overall, I had a great support system at DLA. There were people willing to connect me to resources and talk to me when I needed someone to listen. 


What are your plans for college and the future?

 

I have been thinking a lot about going to Miami of Ohio to study civil engineering or ethnic studies. I am really, really looking forward to college!


I really miss the support that I got from my teachers and admin. I am like fresh meat here, so I still have so much to learn and student and teacher relationships that I have to grow.


High Schools Attended by Dayton Leadership Academies Graduates from the Last Four Years

  • Archbishop Alter High School

  • Chaminade Julian High School

  • Dayton Early College Academy

  • Ponitz Career Technical School

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

  • Stivers School for the Performing Arts

  • Thurgood Marshall High School

  • Trotwood Madison High School

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