Academics

High School Course Guide

Our High School Course Guide details the opportunities and resources available to our high school students. Students and their families are encouraged to use the High School Course Guide to plan their educational pathway. The guide includes course descriptions, information about early college credit and alternative credit programs, and more. Graduation requirements, grade reporting, report cards and other policies and procedures are also included in the guide.

Academic Programs

Dater High School's rigorous coursework requires students to perform to at their highest level. To achieve the school's mission of preparing students for post-secondary education, Dater provides a number of unique academic programs to fit all student needs.

Special College Preparatory Program (SCPP)

Dater is one of only two schools in the Cincinnati Public Schools district to offer the Special College Preparatory Programm (SCPP), a classic college preparatory program for advanced students. The SCPP is a full 7th-12th grade program. SCPP students are required to take three years of Modern Foreign Language instruction and a series of courses specifically designed to educate and challenge students who have passed the SCPP assessment.

The SCPP assessment is administered several times a year. It is normally held at either Dater High School or Walnut Hills High School. You can register for the SCPP assessment by calling the Cincinnati Public Schools Testing Department at (513) 363-0181. 

2019-2020 SCPP Test Schedule

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Dater High School currently offers several Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Advanced Placement is a nationally recognized college preparatory program that offers challenging, college-level courses to high school students.  

AP courses are only available to students who have completed an application and have the approval of the counselor, current subject teacher, AP teachers, and parents. AP subject area exams are administered by ETS in the spring and are required for course completion. Only those students enrolled in AP courses may take AP exams at Dater. 

Dual Enrollment

In 2013, Cincinnati Public Schools partnered Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to offer our high school students greater opportunities to take college-level courses for free while earning credits toward high school graduation. The partnership with Cincinnati State allows qualified students to take college-credit courses at no cost while in the familiar surroundings of high school. 

Dater is proud to continue its partnership with Cincinnati State under Ohio's College Credit Plus program's guidelines. Under College Credit Plus, each public high school must partner directly with a public college or university.

Dater teachers who teach College Credit Plus courses collaborate with Cincinnati State’s faculty on course content as well as grading standards. They also receive professional development from Cincinnati State and participate in the evaluation process to assure the courses meet college-level standards.

Credits earned via College Credit Plus are recognized by the colleges in Ohio’s university system, such as the University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, Miami University, Wright State University, Ohio University and Kent State University.

Culinary Arts Program

Dater High School is the home of a Culinary Arts vocational education program. Available to juniors and seniors, the Culinary Arts program involves instruction and real-world practice in health and safety standards, food preparation, food storage, kitchen maintenance and restaurant management training. Instructor and Chef Dane Salabak teaches students how to prepare foods ranging from around the world in a restaurant-caliber kitchen and instructional area. 

Standard Academic Program

Dater offers a standard course of study with a focus on readying students for graduation and successful careers at the two- or four-year college of their choice. Along with the core subjects of Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science, Standard Program students have the opportunity to take electives in the areas of Foreign Language (Spanish, German, or French), Fine Arts (Band, Choir, Drama, Creative Writing, Art) and Computer Technology. 

ESL Program

For several years, Dater has been a welcoming environment for students who are English Language Learners.  To meet the needs of this growing population of students, Dater has developed a comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program of study designed to immerse students in the English language while providing needed supports for successful completion of high school and adaptation to American culture.

For more information about ESL Services provided, visit the CPS English-Language Learners website.