DHS Seniors Reach 100% for Dallas Promise

DeSoto High School Seniors Reach 100-percent Dallas County Promise Completion Rate
Posted on 12/20/2019
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DESOTO – DeSoto ISD is extremely proud to announce that the DeSoto High School Class of 2020 has reached a 100% completion rate for their Dallas County Promise pledges for the third year in a row. This year, the milestone has been reached in December, two months ahead of the County’s deadline, making DeSoto ISD the first district in the Best Southwest area to accomplish this feat.

“We are ecstatic our that graduating Class of 2020 has achieved 100% on their Dallas County Promise pledges,” said Taylor Terry, UT Outreach DeSoto High School College Advisor. “This is the first step of the Dallas County Promise initiative.”

These DeSoto High School seniors did not stop with the initial pledge application. To accent this achievement, 100-percent of the DHS Class of 2020 seniors who completed the Dallas County commitment pledge has also completed their DCCCD admissions application and have been also been accepted to a Dallas County Community College.

DeSoto ISD LETS GEAR UP Director Robin Johnson-Ford said, “This achievement is the action of the phrase, ‘It Takes A Village!’ This year, we decided to reached more students with the collaboration of UT Advise Texas, UT Outreach, To and Through, LETS GEAR UP and Next Gen GEAR UP.  We created a powerhouse the provides preeminent service for our scholars!”

The DeSoto ISD Class of 2020 is now working to achieve the next goal of completing the federal financial aid applications, known as the FASA. The team has already projected a possible early completion as the students are already at 45- percent, which is 13-percent higher than previous years.

“The key is to express to students how important it is to have a post-secondary plan and to take advantage of a free option,” shared Iesha Jackson, DeSoto ISD ‘To & Through’ Coordinator. “By students completing the pledge, application and FAFSA they will have a FREE college option following graduation.”

The Dallas County Promise is open to high school seniors who will graduate from one of 57 Promise High Schools in the area. The Program is comprised of a coalition of school districts, colleges, universities, employers, and communities that have partnered to help more Dallas County students be college ready, obtain a degree and successfully begin their careers.