The course selection process for next school year is right around the corner! Here are the dates for our Incoming Parent Nights:

  • AP, Honors & Electives Night – Monday, February 25, 7:00 pm in the Commons
  • Incoming 9th Grade Parent Night – Monday, March 11, 7:00 pm in the Gym
  • Incoming 10th & 11th Grade Parent Night – Monday, March 18, 7:00 pm in the Theater
  • Incoming 12th Grade Parent Night – Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 pm in the Theater

More details about 2013-2014 course selection will be out shortly.

Thank you!


Janet Tsuji

Office Manager/Principal’s Secretary


Fax 925-479-6597


Well, that was faster than I had expected.  In 2 minutes, the event was full!  I know that many of you are upset that you can’t attend, however RACC dictates the number of attendees that can participate, and it’s based on the number of admissions officers that are available to help with the event.  Participants are put into small groups and are walked through admissions applications with an officer.  Because of this format, the space has to be limited.

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The San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs presents its annual parenting conference, Parenting 2013 & Beyond…, on Saturday, February 23rd at Dougherty Valley High School from 8:30am to 2:30pm. (Check-in begins at 7:45am).

This year’s keynote speaker is Mike Robbins, who will talk about “The Power of Appreciation”. Mike Robbins is an author and a sought after keynote speaker. He travels around the country speaking to groups of parents, teachers, students, and business people about the importance of appreciation. A former college and pro baseball player (at Stanford and with the Kansas City Royals), Mike is a Bay Area native and a product of California Public Schools.

According to the latest research in the field of positive psychology, when parents, schools, and communities put more attention on what is working for them and their strengths, instead of focusing on problems and perceived weaknesses, they thrive. Through this program, which is based on the key principles of his book Focus on the Good Stuff, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how appreciation impacts success, perspective, and fulfillment.

After the keynote presentation, participants will have the opportunity to attend their choice of a morning and an afternoon small group seminar, focusing on current parenting topics.

Registration will open in early February 2013. Stay tuned for more information! Questions? Please contact Vanessa Berastain, or visit the Parenting Conference webpage at


intelScienceWe are excited to announce that DVHS has five senior students who were named as semifinalists in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS):  Grace Pan*, Andrew Chen, Andrew Wang, Lily Wen and Eric Sauer*.  Each student submitted a research project that they conducted over the summer.  The Intel STS is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Only 300 students nationwide were selected as semifinalists. Each semifinalist will receive an award of $1,000 for their outstanding research and our school will receive a $1,000 award for each named semifinalist. In March, 40 of the semifinalists will be announced as finalists who will then go on to compete for $1.25 million in awards.

Semifinalists were selected from 1,712 entrants, representing 467 high schools in 42 states, The District of Columbia, Guam and two U.S. overseas schools. Statewide, DVHS had the highest number of semifinalists from public high schools.  Only Harker School in San Jose, a private school, had more.  Nationwide, only 6 schools produced more semifinalists than Dougherty, and 4 of those schools are either special magnet schools or have selective admissions programs.

(*Grace Pan, Eric Sauer, and Christina Zhang and were also named as semifinalists in the 2012 Siemens Science Competition.)

Congratulations to all of our semifinalists and good luck!


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DVHS 2012 API Score 937

The API score is a composite score that is based on a combination of our California Standards Tests (CST) and the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). The API is one of the measurements that is used to score the academic performance of schools in California.


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