DCS tries to provide educational services that meet the different needs of students, including middle school, high school and special education. Youth are able to earn a traditional high school diploma or a High School Equivalency Diploma (HiSET). And with school held year round, students who have fallen behind have a chance to catch-up.

Wilder educational staff provides individualized services for youth who qualify for special education services and have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Those that complete their high school education can take part in a college program, vocational training, or a combination of both. Youth can earn the opportunity for on-the-job training by taking on assigned paid jobs within the facility, such as landscaping, food preparation or janitorial work.

High School Diploma

Students can earn a high school diploma by earning 22 credits in designated core academic areas including English, math, science, social studies, and elective courses. School is held Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri.-7:45am-2:30pm; every Weds. school is out by 1:30 to allow for CFTM, Foster Care Review Boards (FCRB) and other staffing to take place.

High School Equivalency Diploma (HiSET)

HiSET candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements for admission into the Pre-HiSET program:

  1. Be 17 years old to enroll in a HiSET preparation program or take the official HiSET.
  2. Have less than 15 academic credits earned;
  3. Be unable to graduate on time with his/her graduating class; and
  4. Have permission from the Child and Family Team.

Occupational Training

YDC youth have the opportunity to take part in career and technical education programs. Opportunities are offered in the areas of Barbering and Culinary Arts (to include: ServSafe Food Handler Certification or the ServSafe Manager Certification).