Middle School

Junior Newsletter

Class News

7th Graders
8th Graders
9th Graders
10th Graders
11th Graders
12th Graders

Other Information

PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Program)
Graduation Requirements
Credit Flexibility Guidelines & Application
Credit Recovery
Honors Diploma
Test Information
Scholarships (on Senior's Page)

Middle School

Young Scholars began in 1991 as Sinclair Community College’s first pre-college program to recruit first-generation, college students in 8th grade to prepare them academically to pursue higher education.  The four-year program (grades 9 through 12) focuses on career and leadership development, and college preparation seminars.  Upon completion of high school and YSP, participants receive a financial aid package to Sinclair Community College covering tuition, fees, and books for two consecutive years. 

Interested 8th graders must:

  • Reside and attend school in Montgomery County, Ohio
  • Be willing to make a commitment of four years (9th through 12th grade) and attend 12 Saturday workshops per year
  • Be a first-generation college student (parent/guardian cannot be a college graduate with an Associates or Bachelor degree)
  • Have a grade point average of 2.5 or better
  • Have parent/guardian permission to participate

Applications may be downloaded from Sinclair’s Office of Pre-College Programs website, or requested through the YSP Office by calling (937) 512-3730.

Junior/Senior Newsletter

Juniors who are serious about attending a four-year college should take the PSAT.  This test will be given at Stivers on October 15th (Wednesday).  If a junior does exceptionally well on this test, he or she can qualify for a National Merit Scholarship.  Also, it prepares students for the SAT.  The SAT and ACT are important for several reasons:

  1. Admittance to a college or a university
  2. Admittance to a selective division of a college or a university (a school of business, a school of engineering, a school of journalism, etc.)
  3. Academic scholarships from a college or a university are almost always based on these scores.  As a student’s score goes up, the amount of money he or she receives goes up.
  4. Athletic scholarships:  When registering for the SAT or ACT, students should put 9999 down as one of the four choices they have for where they want their results sent.   Their score will be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse.  This is the only way that the NCAA will take their score.

Juniors should start taking the SAT’s and ACT in November, December, or January.  If they are not happy with their results, they have time to sign up for another test.  Juniors who are serious about attending a four-year school after graduating from Stivers should take at least two of these tests during their junior year.  The tests are given six or seven times a year.  Most students register online.  For the SAT, you can go to  For the ACT, you can go to  SAT’s are given at Stivers in October, December, March, May, and June.  The SAT costs $52.50, and the ACT costs $38 without writing and $54.50 with writing.  If a student qualifies for a free or reduced lunch, he or she can get waivers to take two SAT’s for free and two ACT’s for free while in high school.  If a student uses a SAT waiver to take a SAT, he or she can get four college applications fee waivers as a senior.  Since several colleges charge $45 or $50 for an application fee, a lot of money can be saved.  The website, is a great website to use to prepare for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.  When registering for the SAT and ACT, you will need to know the Stivers' high school code number - which is 361866.  

Juniors should also start to research which school they want to go to.  They can do this in several ways:

  1. College representatives are now visiting our school.
  2. The Internet
    • The SAT website -
    • The ACT website -
    • Do a Google search for any or all of the following:
      • Princeton Review rankings
      • USNews and World Report/college
      • Fisk college guide
    • Online College Tours -
  3. College Fairs
    • Greater Dayton Area College Fair in November from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the UD Arena
    • Centerville High School College and Career Fair around the beginning of March
  4. College visits either on your own or with college tours
  5. The following website has information about the jobs that will be in demand in the future:
  6. Mr. Asadorian also has information on different majors.
  7. A young lady interested in a free prom dress will be able to get one in March through the Fairy Godmother Project.  They had over 1,500 dresses last year in all sizes.  The dresses were in very good condition.  One of our teachers commented on how good the dresses looked.  For more information, call 222-3778 – extension 150.

Graduation Requirements

All graduation requirements for Dayton Public Schools are defined on the main DPS website HERE.

Class News


7th Grade Cluster Leader (Linda Hitchcock)
Phone: 542-7418

Wright STEPP (Science, Technology, and Engineering Preparatory Program)  Click HERE for more info.

8th Graders

8th Grade Cluster Leader (Douglas Hitchcock) 
Phone: 542-7417

The College Promise program will provide a life-changing opportunity for up to 50 Montgomery County students a year.  These students, whose lives have been impacted by poverty, will be identified and selected during their 8th-grade year.  Each student will be supported through high school by a caring adult mentor who will meet with them weekly for 40 to 60 minutes at school and through programming offered by the College Promise Program and our college and university partners.  The selected students, upon the successful completion of high school and the meeting of the entrance requirements of Sinclair, Wright State University, and other 4-year university partners, will be awarded scholarships that allow them to attend college at little or no cost to them or their families.

Each College Promise student who fulfills their pledge will earn a scholarship opportunity to attend Sinclair Community College to earn an Associate's Degree.  Those who successfully complete their 2-year degree will earn a scholarship to Wright State University or other 4-year university partners to earn their Bachelor's Degree. 

Information materials are available in the counseling office at Stivers.   Student applications can be found online at

Sinclair College's Young Scholars is a program where students can go to Sinclair for free upon graduation from high school.  The purpose of the program is to prepare students for college.  Students whose parents do not have either an associate's or bachelor's degree are eligible.  For more information, call 512-3730.

9th Graders

The new graduation requirements apply to this year's 10th graders.  Students will need to earn 5 credits to become a sophomore.  Tutoring for Algebra I is typically available after school.

10th Graders

content coming soon....

11th Graders

Junior Advisor:  Adre Daniels
Those 11th graders who plan on attending a 4-year college or university should take the PSAT at Stivers.  The cost is $14.  Juniors who qualify for a free/reduced lunch may get on of the 30 waivers available.  Those college-bound juniors should then start taking the SAT and/or SAT in November or December. 

12th Graders

Scholarships and College Admissions Counselor: David Asadorian
Senior Advisor: Teresa Sorrell
Senior's Page

The event is on March 3rd.

Also, can you please place on the home page:
Theatre/Dance (attached)
Dance Summer Intensive (attached)

March Audition information
Saturday, March 14, 2020 Auditions
Audition Times:
Registration 7:30 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.
Session [1] 8:15 A.M.
Session [2] 11:45 A.M.
No one will be admitted after 11:45 A.M.
Students in grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 may participate.
For questions about the Admissions process, or about Stivers, please call any of the following:

Stivers Main Office: 937-542-7380
Arts Magnet Office: 937-542-7448

Other Information

PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Program)

Application due March 1
View the PSEO Presentation HERE

If you are interested in your son or daughter receiving dual high school and college credit, they can participate in the Ohio Post-Secondary Enrollment Program (PSEO).  Students need a 3.00-grade point in the subject area they want to take a class in.  If they qualify, students can take their classes at the University of Dayton, Wright State University, or Sinclair College.  Textbooks and tuition are paid for.  Students who fail a class have to reimburse the school for the cost of the class. Attendance is mandatory at a spring PSEO meeting. Dates will be shared soon.  See Mr. Asadorian for more information.

Graduation Requirements

Class of 2014 and beyond Graduation Requirements
Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2014 have changed.  Instead of 3 years of math, students will need 4 years of math to graduate.  This must include one unit of Algebra II or the equivalent of Algebra II.  Science units must include 1 unit of physical sciences, 1 unit of life sciences, and 1 unit advanced study in one or more of the following sciences:  Chemistry, Physics, or other physical science; Advanced Biology or other life science; Astronomy, Physical Geology, or other earth or space science.

Graduation Requirements for the Classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013

English Language Arts - 4 credits
Mathematics - 3 credits
Science - 3 credits (including Biology and a Physical Science)
Social Studies - 3 credits (American History, World History, and American Government)
Health - 1/2 credit
Physical Education - 1/2 credit (2 gym classes)
(PE Waiver is available with 2 years of high school cheerleading or two seasons of high school sports.)
Electives - 6 credits

Elective credits must include one credit in business, technology, fine arts, or a foreign language.  A magnet credit counts as fine arts.
Students must pass all 5 parts of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT).  To access information and prepare for the OGT, you should go to and search keyword "OGT".

Credit Flexibility Guidelines & Application

Credit Flexibility applies to any alternative coursework, assessment and/or performance that demonstrates proficiency qualified to be awarded equivalent graduation credit as applied for and approved in advance by the school district.

Download Guidelines and Application HERE.

Credit Recovery

Credit Recovery is an after-school program designed to help students catch up with their credits.  They can take classes that they have failed.  The cost is $50 unless a student receives a free(not reduced) lunch.  Students must take either Credit Recovery or Summer School to make up failed classes.  Summer school costs $150).  The application is outside the Stivers Counseling Office.  For more information go to the Credit Recovery page.

Honors Diploma

Career-Technical Honors Diploma

Test Information

Stivers ACT testing center code is 361866. 

ACT Dates
ACT Test Preparation


The Stivers SAT testing center code is 36296.

SAT Dates
SAT Test Preparation

Students who qualify for a free/reduced lunch can take a total of two SATS's, two ACTs and two subject area tests for free by getting a waiver from the Stivers Counselor, Mr. Asadorian.  If a student uses an SAT wavier to take an SAT, he/she can get four application fee waivers as a senior.

Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)

The Ohio Dept. of Education has released a message regarding the importance of state testing.  You can download the message HERE.

OAT/OGT Online Test Prep
Students may use OAT/OGT Online Prep to prepare for those tests.  The interactive test component uses OAT/OGT aligned questions to create quizzes that are graded immediately, providing correct answers, explanations and web resources for each question.  Simply choose your state, test and grade level.

Achievement test samples and materials from ODE can be found HERE.

Each student is required to take and pass the Ohio Graduation Tests.  Below are some helpful links.

OGT test preparation
OGT practice tests

OGT test dates
Achievement test samples