We have a child in the Self contained gifted program at DCMS and couldn't be happier. He is flourishing under the excellent instruction and personalized help from the teachers who work as a close-knit team. Highly recommend!
We had a child in the self contained gifted program. This school was unfortunately a failure. After two years (2012-2014) of trying to work with staff and faculty we eventually had to leave. All the ingredients seem to be there, good teachers, nicely equipped campus, etc. However there is a huge disconnect between the needs of the children and the administration. It was very disappointing to find that asking to work with faculty and staff on behalf of our children was met with aggression, intentional bureaucracy and a generally negative reception . There was an embarrassing lack of understanding of well established education principles and child assessment methodologies. Total lack of any skills in how to work with the children and families. A great disappointment.
there is an inappropriate amount of work that causes undue stress and has questionable educational value. Horrible systems and support for tracking assignments, no assistance from teachers or administration for kids he need to develop better organizational skills. Unlike the low income schools throughout the area, there is no parent checklist/signature system for helping students complete assignments
It comes from the top down, Administrators are difficult to speak with and work with and have a condescending attitude towards parents, that affects the entire school and hampers teachers from being otherwise effective and compassionate as I think they would under different leadership
I have children in both private and public schools, as well as a daughter in college. Two of my kids attend this school and are moving to a different SUSD school for the 2014/2015 school year. Disappointing issues with the school include: outlandish student/teacher ratios (38:1); lack of responsiveness from the teachers (after several e-mails over the course of three weeks did not receive a response until I copied the principal); poorly designed curriculum (not the school's fault because they are bound by SUSD policy/rules but disappointing none the less); overly lenient grading practices; lack of communication with parents from teachers and administration. This school will not do your children any favors if they attend a competitive high school program (IB or AP course study).