Prepare high school students for their future
with social and emotional learning

Aperture 9-12 

Quickly understand high school student social-emotional competence by capturing student voice with education’s most researched, strengths-based, nationally-normed assessment, the DESSA, now available in a mobile-friendly, digital self-report for high school students.

With Aperture 9-12, you can:

  • Reliably assess high school student social-emotional needs
  • Quickly identify students in need of Tier 2 & 3 supports
  • Deliver real-time intervention strategies in the most crucial areas of growth for individual students
  • Engage students in their own social-emotional growth as they prepare for college and career

With Aperture 9-12:

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Students can...

Take the DESSA— education’s most well-respected social-emotional assessment— receive immediate results and research-based personal intervention strategies, in addition to setting and tracking personal goals. All through a gamified, self-guided system.

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Counselors can...

Capture real-time student voice data, easily identify trends in competency gaps and students in need of Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports, and assign and track research-based intervention strategies to students in need.


District Leaders can...

Use custom and intuitive reporting to quickly understand the social-emotional competence of their high school students to make better decisions for implementing strategies and new initiatives district- or school-wide.

How it works

Aperture Student Portal Results Page

Student Self Report

Students begin by logging into the Aperture Student Portal and taking the DESSA, known for its strong foundation in research. It takes an average of 7 minutes to complete.

Upon completing the DESSA, students are engaged with instant feedback on 8 social-emotional competencies.

Students can easily explore each competency to understand their specific strengths and growth opportunities.

Personalized Growth Plans

Students can then choose to improve their skills through research-based challenges of their choice.

They can also set personal SMART goals to aid in their learning and growth and develop a sense of agency.

Optionally, students can connect to advocates (teachers, counselors, parents, or mentors) who can help them achieve their goals.

Aperture Student Portal - Goals Page

Data, Insights, and Group-based Strategies

Teachers, counselors, or program managers can also conduct a DESSA rating through Aperture to assess students who show an extra level of need and growth opportunity.

Administrators can log into Aperture to view important data and insights around student social-emotional competence, trends across groups of students, and to provide strategies to groups of students.


Aperture is helping districts and out-of-school-time programs around the world implement SEL to improve college and career readiness for high school students.
Are you ready to take on high school SEL?