College & Career Readiness

As a College Board School, West Leadership Academy is committed to ensuring all students are prepared for post-secondary education.   Over the last two years, 90% of our graduating seniors have been accepted to 2 and 4-year colleges and universities.  Last year alone, our seniors collectively were awarded over $400,000 in scholarships.

West Leadership Academy offers 10 Advanced Placement courses, and our students currently have access to paid after-school and summer internships in the fields of Information Technology and Medicine.  WLA has two full-time college coordinators on staff, Wendy Walburn and Ximena Quintana.  West Campus also has a dedicated room on-site for post-secondary preparation called “The Future Center”, which is staffed by two full-time employees of the Denver Scholarship Foundation.  The Future Center houses information about college application requirements, deadlines, and financial aid.

Future CenterThe Denver Scholarship Foundation
Mission: The Denver Scholarship Foundation inspires and empowers Denver Public Schools’ students to enroll in and graduate from post-secondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success.

 

Future Center & College Advisor at West Campus, Room 219
Advisor: Federico Rangel, MSW
Phone: 720-423-5309
Email: frangel@denverscholarship.org
Hours: 7:30am – 3:30pm

Federico Rangel is the College Advisor at West Campus.  Federico is responsible for supporting all seniors with the post-secondary exploration and application process such as FAFSA completion, major and career exploration, college and scholarship applications, as well as support with the enrollment process.  He is the main point-of-contact for students when applying to college.   Federico organizes frequent visits of college and scholarship representatives to West, as well as field trips for students to check out different universities.

TRiO Talent Search Program

The Denver Scholarship Foundation’s TRIO Talent Search program inspires and empowers low-income, first generation students to complete high school and enroll in and complete postsecondary education.
This free program serves 9th through 12th grade students, providing academic, career and financial aid advising and experiences to encourage education beyond high school. The TRIO Talent Search program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Participants of the program are actively engaged in activities throughout the school year including: college visits, career experiences/exposure, cultural enrichment trips, access to tutoring resources, and more. Students also participate in personal, academic, financial aid, financial literacy, test preparation, self-advocacy and more.

Important Links:

Denverscholarship.org – Apply for college:  https://denverscholarship.org/students/apply-for-college/
Schoology, Denver West High Future Center:  https://schoology.dpsk12.org/group/1182748182
Naviance (High School):  https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login?hsid=westleader
Naviance (Middle School): http://connection.naviance.com/westlms
College Board:  http://www.collegeboard.org
Free Application for Federal Student Aid:  http://www.FAFSA.gov
CSS Profile   https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile