Dimond High School Guidelines
Message from the Principal
Greetings and welcome to A.J. Dimond High School. As your principal, I am excited and looking forward to meeting each and every one of you. I encourage you to use this handbook as your guide to the policies and procedures of Dimond High and the Anchorage School District. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a Dimond staff member. We are here to help you and to ensure that you have positive and successful experiences at Dimond High School.
In keeping up with Dimond’s legacy of academic, athletic and fine arts excellence, I strongly encourage you to get involved in Dimond’s various clubs, academic activities and athletics. There is something for everyone. Keep the legacy going.
Tina Johnson-Harris, Principal
Dimond High School’s mission is to facilitate optimal learning for all students to empower them to lead fulfilling and productive lives in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex society.
- Learning is the chief priority for our school
- All students can learn; students learn in different ways and need a variety of instructional approaches to support their learning
- Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process
How to Succeed at Dimond
- Attendance is key to learning. Improving attendance is a major goal of the 2018-19 school year. Be aware that 10 or more excused OR unexcused absences in any class(es) will result in attendance probation. Fifteen or more absences may result in loss of credit for the class(es).
- Be on time.
- Be prepared by bringing text, pen, pencil, paper and other required materials. Leaving class to retrieve forgotten items may count as a tardy.
- Respect the rights of other students in class. Don’t disrupt.
- Complete homework and projects on time. These are your “work” and your earned grade is your “pay”.
- Take care of your assigned textbooks and locker. Excessive wear and tear will be assessed a fine.
- Ask questions, pay attention and stay engaged in class. You will learn more by participating.
- Look for “real life” applications for what you are learning.
- Help Dimond continuously improve. Be solution-oriented and take your ideas to Student Government or to a staff member.
- Help maintain a safe school. If you hear about or see a concern, refer it to a trusted adult.
- Be familiar with Dimond’s policies and procedures. Know what is expected of you.
The Dimond High School Freshman Focus facilitates a positive and successful transition from middle school to high school.
Freshman students attend core classes and have their school lockers in the same academic wing. Further, DHS Freshman Focus will include group activities such as orientation, Phenomenal Freshmen and other special events. DHS staff will work daily with students to connect and develop positive relationships, assuring all Freshman have a successful start to their high school experience.
The Dimond High School Engineering Academy prepares students for a 2-year or 4-year engineering degree to help address a critical shortage of engineers. The Academy includes six engineering classes: Introduction to Engineering Design (9th grade), Principles of Engineering (10th grade), Digital Electronics (11th grade), Computer Integrated Manufacturing (12th grade) Technical Writing (11th and 12th grade) and Civil Engineering and Architecture. The classes are focused around hands-on projects that involve students in all aspects of engineering including design, research, building, testing, report writing and giving presentations. An Engineering Academy Advisory Board, comprised of engineers and educators from Mears, Dimond and UAA, guides our curriculum. UAA Engineering students assist classes during the year.
Japanese Immersion Program
Dimond houses the Japanese Immersion Program that begins at Sand Lake Elementary School, continues on at Mears Middle School and concludes at Dimond.
Professional Learning Communities
Each Monday morning, classes begin 45 minutes later to provide collaborative instructional planning time for teachers and tutoring opportunities for students. Students may arrive at the usual time by bus or other means OR they may arrive later at 8 a.m. Students will remain in the Auditorium, Commons or the Library until 8 a.m. Breakfast is available during this time. At 8 a.m. students may go to their lockers. First period on Mondays begins at 8:15 a.m. Students who arrive after 8:15 a.m. are tardy.