Academic Information

DNHS Courses and Graduation Requirements 2019-20 Course Catalog

2019-20 Student Handbook
2019-20 Testing Calendar
2018-19 Testing Calendar

2017-18 Course Catalog

Class Change Policy

2015-16  Student Handbook

2015-16 Course Catalog

2014-15 Student Handbook

2014-15  Course Catalog

2013-14 Course Catalog

Recommended Course of Study for High School Graduation and College-Prep

SBAC Testing:  SBAC scores are based on the results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the State testing administered each spring to juniors in English/Language Arts and Mathematics.  SBAC scores may exempt students from placement testing at CCCs and CSUs.  SBAC scores are posted to senior transcripts on a scale of 1 – 4 as described below:
4: Standard Exceeded (exempt from college placement                    testing at CSUs and California community colleges)

           3: Standard Met (conditionally exempt, see below)

           2: Standard Nearly Met (not exempt)

           1: Standard Not met (not exempt)

Juniors who intend to enroll at a CSU or a CCC are encouraged to release their results by selecting the “bubble” at the end of the CAASPP exam. The CAASPP results can be released to the CSU or CCC only through this process. Students who choose at the time of testing not to release their results, but decide later to do so, will be required to provide a copy of their CAASPP Student Score Report to the specific CSU campus or participating CCC. More detailed info from the CA CDE website (


CAHSEE:  The California High School Exit Exam has been suspended for students as a requirement for graduation through the Class of 2018.  Students will no longer be taking this test as a requirement to graduate. The State is formulating an Exit Exam which will align with Common Core.

PE Testing:  Senate Bill 601 requires that all freshmen be tested on six measures in their Physical Education classes. Testing results are mailed home in early June.  Students who do not pass at least minimum of five of the six tests will be enrolled in Advanced PE as 10th graders, which may mean it replaces another elective or type of PE class.  Information regarding SB 601 may be found on the California Department of Education website.  Students are re-tested each year on portions they have not passed.

Students can calculate the number of pacers they would need to complete to pass (based on gender, age, height, and weight) on this Excel spreadsheet:  Calculating pass scores on Pacers 2018-19.  Instructions are included on page 1 of the spreadsheet.  You must download the file to be able to enter information on it.  Basically students enter their gender, age, height in feet and inches, and weight, and how many pacers they think they can do (in column I).  To see if they will pass with that many pacers, they check their score in column R and see if it greater than the score in column O. They can adjust their number of pacers to find their pass point if their first estimate isn't enough to pass.  

This spreadsheet is also available on the California Department of Education ( on the Program Resources page for Physical Fitness Testing:


California Scholarship Federation (CSF): CSF is a free statewide program that recognizes academic excellence (scholarship) for students earning As and Bs in college prep courses.  Students apply for CSF semesters each semester based on a point system. CSF semesters can be listed on college applications and scholarship applications under academic honors.  For more information, please see our CSF handout.

Warrior OT Tutoring Schedule:  Tutoring is available to all DNHS students before school on Mondays and Fridays and after school everyday.  Tutoring is free, and drop-in (i.e., students do not need to sign up ahead of time). Students who attend Warrior OT Tutoring after school are eligible for a free snack and RCT bus pass.


Other Information

Freshman Bulletin

Sophomore Bulletin

Junior Bulletin

Senior Bulletin

2017-18 Academic Calendar for DNCUSD

2017-18 Annual Test Schedule with dates (PSAT, SAT, ACT, CHSPE, ASVAB)

AP Exam Schedule for Spring 2018

AP Bulletin for Parents and Students 2017-18

Descriptions of the tests listed on the annual Test Schedule ( PSAT, SAT, ACT, and ASVAB)

2016-17 DNHS School Profile

Free Learning Styles assessment quiz and handout that describes the four learning styles and strategies for learning for each style

Learning Preference Inventory:  This assessment ranks how individuals learn as Doing, Feeling, Innovating, and Thinking Learners.  A description of each type and tips for effective learning are available on the results page.

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