Community Outreach Program for Students of Color in San Antonio, Austin & South Texas

DOTS Educational Consulting Outreach Program is looking to help talented students of color, from low-income and underserved communities in the San Antonio, Austin and South Texas area. We will help these students unlock fully funded educational opportunities at leading independent boarding schools across the country.

Our Outreach Program is pro-bono for families who qualify.

Only current 7th, 8th & 9th grade students should apply to DOTS for entry into these world renowned boarding schools starting with 9th, 10th or 11th grade.

This program is strictly for students who demonstrate very strong academic performance and high financial need.

Students must be able to meet the acceptance criteria of these top schools. Including demonstrated need.

We welcome and encourage schools, educators, community organizations, media, corporations, foundations, as well as other supporters of quality education to assist us in identifying these exceptional students, so we may help them transform their lives and the world around them.

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December SAT and ACT testing…LAST CHANCE!


Don’t delay. This is the last opportunity to retake one of the exams before most regular admission decisions take place.

IMPORTANT: The better the scores, the more attractive the application, and the higher the probability of additional merit based financial aid.

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Which College Application Method Is Best For You?

As the college application season heats up, there are things you should know and be aware of when applying to Colleges…

Colleges generally offer prospective students a variety of ways to submit their applications. After you’ve narrowed down your choices, check the admissions policy and deadline for each school on your college list. Understanding how these policies work will guide your application process and help you with your college application timelines.

Submit strategically, and early if possible. This gives you the best chance for admission and the most opportunities for getting scholarships and financial aid. Worst-case scenario, if you don’t get into the school of your choice, you’ll know early enough to still be able to implement a back-up plan, such as a school with rolling admissions.

The following are the most common methods schools offer in their application process:

Non-binding Agreements

Regular Decision – also referred to as Regular Admission, is the normal process by which many high school seniors choose to apply to college. The application is due by a certain deadline, and you receive a decision by a certain deadline. There are no restrictions to how many schools you can apply to, and you are not bound to attend a specific school just because they accepted you first. This option gives you more flexibility and time to get your application together, and to get grades and test scores up.

Rolling Admission – colleges review applications as they are submitted and render their decisions throughout a given admissions window.

Early Action (EA) – is similar to Early Decision, but is not binding like Early Decision. Students apply early and receive a decision well in advance of a college’s regular response time. This is a best of both worlds scenario, because if you’re accepted you have the choice of committing immediately, or waiting until the school’s deadline sometime in the spring. This gives you time to compare all of your offers before having to make a final binding decision.

Restrictive Early Action (REA) – students apply to a preferred college and receive a decision early. This process should be used when you are absolutely confident in your first choice school. However, you may be restricted from applying Early Decision, Early Action, or Restrictive Early Action to other schools. REA students usually have to the spring to respond to their admission offer, which gives them time to compare any other financial aid offers from other schools.


Binding Agreements

Early Decision (ED)be very careful with this one. This is for students who are absolutely, positively certain they want to go to a particular school. This option shows the college how serious you are about going to their school. Early Decision is very restrictive, and if admitted you are contractually bound to attend that school. In this scenario you are only allowed to apply to one college for Early Decision. You are also allowed to apply to other schools but only as Regular Decision. However, once you are accepted by your Early Decision school you are expected to withdraw your applications from the other schools. Again, applying Early Decision is contractually binding. The downside to Early Decision is if you get in and the financial package isn’t exactly what you expected, you may have to take out additional loans or find more scholarships in order to afford that school. Therefore, if finances are an issue, we highly suggest you thoroughly review the details of the ED application before committing.


*As you do your college search, do not assume all schools have the same application deadlines. Keep track of each school’s deadline for applications and financial aid so you don’t miss any opportunities.

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It’s All About School Fit!

Just like everything else in life, when something is a good fit, it works.

How important is selecting a good fit school for your child? VERY IMPORTANT, if not crucial!

Whether you’re looking at pre-k, charter, public, parochial, private school, etc, and whether you pay tuition or not, selecting a good fit school for your child is one of the most important things you will ever do for them. A good fit school will make all the difference in your child’s educational journey, and future. Careful planning is a must.

If a child is happy at school, they’ll show it…they will come home each evening invigorated and excited to share their day with you. They will learn and thrive. If the school isn’t a good fit, you’ll know that soon enough too. Your child will be unhappy, frustrated, and struggle. Hopefully, that won’t be the case, but if it is, you’ll want to find out what is happening at school and see if the situation can be improved. If it can’t be improved, you might want to consider looking for another school as soon as possible. Your child’s confidence and growth are at stake.

Should you find yourself in a situation like this, doing your research is key.

No one knows your child better than you do. Keep notes, refer to them often as you consider a variety of school options. Create a checklist for each school being considered. Weigh their pros and cons based upon the best fit school criteria you have envisioned for your child. As you go through the process and learn things you may have not realized or considered, revise your check list so that when it comes time to make the school selection you have everything before you to make an apples-to-apples comparison.

There are dozens of questions to consider in your school search, but here are a few basic ones to help you get started with your checklist. I call these the Four C’s:

  • Consider your child’s needs. What do you want a school to do for your child?
  • Consider your child’s learning style. Are they an audible or visual learner?
  • Consider the school location to home or work.
  • Consider the cost

Remember, education is your child’s future. You want to be as thoughtful as possible about the school selection process. The school should be a good fit if it’s going to work for your family.

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