Students enrolled 2296
School leader Dr. Gary Batsell

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1810 Northgate Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80921

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3 stars
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October 31, 2014
The principal chews gum while making presentations, dresses too casual, he is more into football scores than academics and allows his teachers to be disrespectful to students and parents. It could be a good school, but the high school principal is not professional. I would guess he is skating until retirement. The band director's ego is too big for his skill set. He can't retain students due to his poor attitude and his program is lacking advancement for good musicians. If you are his teacher's pet then you get accolades, if not, you are overlooked and will not learn even if you are the better musician in the class. There are a few good teachers, but most are unresponsive and allowed to be unresponsive by the principal. My child is an all "A" student in honors and AP classes so doing fine in spite of the principal and teachers. Too bad the admin and teachers lack professionalism and pride in their work.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2014
This is a great school. It is such a pleasure to have your kids come home from school with a smile and be excited about what they are learning and the friends they have made.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
If you love your children, do not send them here.I was bullied all throughout middle school, but the worst time was when I was on the bus one afternoon, and I got beat up by this girl I didn't even know. I was hurt pretty badly. I came home with a broken nose, and bruises and scrapes everywhere on my body. I told my mom what happened and she reported it to the school. The school checked the bus tapes and sure enough, it was clear as day. However, they told me that there was "not enough evidence" to do anything about it. I was told that the only way they could do something about it is if I asked people I knew that had also been bullied by this girl to report it. Sure enough 10-15 people then made true reports. The following week I was told to "drop it" because apparently someone had pushed the girl and they immediately linked it to me because I seemingly had a "grudge" against her. I continued to get bullied the rest of my time at dcc but I never reported it because they simply don't care. A year later the police called the school because I had attempted suicide because of repetitive bullying. They said they had no idea it was happening, and even after that they did nothing.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2013
I've gone to three high schools. Trust me, this is by far the best of the three. The social divisions among students is much less severe than the other high school I have been to and since there is very heavy military presence, it is fairly easy to make new friends. You can always find something to complain about, but it is better to look at the school as a whole. DCC is a beautiful school, which, for the most part, has excellent and caring teachers. The teachers and administration are much more relaxed compared to my others schools, which can be annoying when you add in less mature students, but if you are serious about your education, I see this as a good thing. If you really want to succeed and work hard, you will. The AP courses provided are pretty good, and I felt prepared for the tests. I just wish they would add more AP courses such as AP Physics and an official AP Chemistry course. I'm proud to have graduated from this school. Oh, and to the person who said the parking lot was like a maze... What?

- submitted by a community member
May 09, 2013
I have two children in the elementary school. One finishing 1st, the other 4th grade. In the beginning of the year, I was not very impressed. My son was put in a classroom where they had just moved a 5th grade teacher down to 1st grade and she was a huge disappointment. The young lady (only 2nd year teaching) realized this though and resigned about a month into school. They hired a super young lady, just out of college and I thought we were IN FOR IT!! Fortunately, this gal had her act together and made the very best out of a pretty bad situation. I think the administration could have helped the new gal out quite a bit more to get the class organized, so it took until around Thanksgiving before the class was truly in order and kids were on track. After all that though, it has been clear sailing! The new first grade teacher does her very best to differentiate in class and is very open to parent involvement. My daughter's 4th grade teacher has had it dialed in since the beginning. She is phenomenal when it comes to writing and language arts. DCC also has a "talented and gifted" program for kids that are above grade level, allowing kids to reach their full potential.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
High school principal dresses too casual. Lead by example to the students. He lacks leadership over his teachers and counselors. The good ones are good, but they are few and far between. When you point out how unprofessional teachers react, the principal disregards. Eventually, when several of us parents tell the principal something, ignoring it is not leadership it is lazy. Find your professional attire and professional leadership. The school is going downhill under Bailey's lack of leadership.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2013
The principal is not a leader at the school. I find most teachers to be lazy and unresponsive to parents questions. Some teachers know less about what is going on in the school than parents. Some teachers don't teach and the kids have to teach themselves. Many poor quality teachers and I don't understand how they keep their jobs year after year. Overall, it is a disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2013
I love the "campus" design of this school!!! What a huge convenience, especially for someone with children in different grade levels (elementary through high school). This is a brand-new, beautiful school w/ all the best amenities. As far as academics go, there is a strong emphasis on IB curriculum - which is great for college-bound kids! The school is also in a wonderful and safe (extremely low-crime) area... You really can't go wrong if you send your kids to DCC!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2013
My children all attend DCC,1 HS, 1MS, and 2 ES. What a wonderful thing that they are all on one campus! We have been at this school for 5 years now and being a military family who has moved around, we have had experience with lots of schools, DCC is by far the best we have encountered. I was shocked to read some of the negative reviews, but realized some people just like to complain. Administrators at each level have been responsive to all of my requests, and have always been able to work something out to make sure my children get what they need. They are definitely child centered and do their best to make sure every kid is taken care of. Is it perfect, no, but what school is? Being a newer school, DCC has had to work through some changes and growing pains, but has come out better in the end. Having seen how hard the teachers work behind the scenes and the hours they spend outside the school day, I guarantee you will not find a more dedicated group of teachers, anywhere! I would not hesitate to recommend DCC to my family and friends(and have). I would choose DCC again in a heartbeat for my children! You will find a caring community, great teachers, and a fantastic facility!

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2013
I have daughters at both DCC middle and high school and we are very happy with both. The actual school is beautiful with equipment that rivals many colleges. The teachers have all been responsive when contacted and the counselours we've dealt with regarding our special needs children were great - so much more concerned and responsive than those we dealt with in Distruct 49! Teacher monitored after school help is available every day, there are TONS of after school clubs and activities and community service hours are required for every student. There has the usual teenage drama but none of the bullying my girls saw in District 49 and the administration here is much more visible and approachable than at previous schools. The curriculum here is much more demanding than at other schools the girls have attended but students have the support system to succeed and teachers and administrators who are invested in their success. I'm really shocked at some of the reviews here, which totally contradict the experience we've had here!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2012
This is THE worst school in the district. The teachers are just as catty and insensitive as the high school students. And the administration? Don't even get me started. My daughter went here for both middle school and high school. She hated it from the beginning, but to go to any other school was too inconvenient logistically. So we tried our best to work out the problems. Unfortunately, nothing was ever resolved. She was bullied and harassed by a group of students throughout the years and nothing was ever done about it. Also, because District 20 has this ridiculous hiring policy, all of the teachers are new and inexperienced. My daughter didn't learn a thing until she left! Plus, anytime she struggled with her work, no matter how hard she tried, it was always our fault. Working parents can do their best to help with homework, but ultimately, it comes down to the teachers. And these ones don't have a clue what they're doing! I was shocked at how rude and utterly disrespectful they have been to our entire family. I hate this school so much that I'd be willing to picket in front of it, telling everyone how terrible it really is.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2012
I was a student at DCC from sixth to eleventh grade. It was a terrible experience. Starting in my first year, I was teased horribly and all I was told to do was "walk away." No one ever took any action, despite the fact that we had "Bully Proofing Training" once a month. Most of the teachers I had in both middle school simply just didn't care. Despite the fact that I was obviously struggling, they continued to let me slip through the cracks. Then, in high school, I was faced with a whole new set of problems from not only the cruel students, but also the administration and staff. The lack of professionalism was tremendous. During my freshmen year, my English teacher made several remarks about my religion. Her and the entire class decided to gang up on me one day and harass me about my personal beliefs. I'd also heard several teachers make rude remarks about other students' appearances and intellect when they weren't around. They acted like they were the ones in high school. When I told the school, no one did anything. This school is filled with close-minded, insensitive and discriminatory people. I'm very glad that I finally left and I would never recommend it to anyone!

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2012
My daughter attended kindergarten in this school for 6 months and it was a disappointment. The teacher and administration were unable to provide the challenge my daughter needed. In addition, there was bullying in the class. I personally had to stop a fight in the playground since the teacher did not act on it. When we decided to leave the school the teacher and administration did not even ask or care to get feedback on what was wrong. One day I picked up my child from school and her nose was swollen. She had a bloody nose at school after hitting the table and no one had the courtesy to call me. Between the lack of leadership in preventing bullying, the less than challenging curriculum I would not recommend this school. We made a decision to change schools mid year which was not a light decision but in three weeks I have a different kid who loves school and is challenged. She is being pulled out for enrichment 3 times a week, she is getting extra reading homework and her math book even covers fractions in kindergarten. I placed her in AIES and would highly recommend the school. We have restored the love for learning in our household.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2012
We couldn't be happier and more impressed with DCC. We've had a kid at this school for four years of elementary. We have always felt welcome, the administrators are always quick to respond to issues and the majority teachers are top notch. The positives far outway the few negatives. To address some of the complaints: parking lots by definition are a hassle. Spend a little time in any of the other school parking lots. And really, is that your biggest concern? As for atheletics, the HS is new. They haven't had years to develop a strong atheletic program. If that's your biggest reason for sending your kids to school, maybe another school might be better for you. As for the IB issues, it's an IB school, so of course they'll be teaching to that cirriculum. My main goal for my children is for their continued academic success. I believe that can be accomplished with the IB program at DCC.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2011
DCC is a fantastic, top notch school. The focus on IB profiles is great for rounding out their education. But I can honestly say the other areas of learning have certainly not suffered. My kids have excelled and I believe they are learning more than their average peer at a different school. The elementary staff is great - they are kind, accomodating, knowledgeable, and organized. I will definitely miss this school when we move!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2011
Love it! I am an out-of-district parent and choice my children into DCC because it far exceeds anything they could get in my school district. Yes, IB is emphasized; however, AP and technology are also available. My daughters have different learning styles and both have excelled at DCC. Both daughters are also involved in sports. Before one daughter received her license, I was driving back-and-forth four times a day since one daughter was in high school and another in middle school, which had different starting times. I have no regrets! I'd do again.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
So I am reading posts about the school, and would like to clear up a few things. #1. DCC is an IB school, and they should be focused on the IB program, otherwise why be IB. I taught for UCCS for 8 years, and I could spot the IB kids immediately, as they were better prepared than their peers. If you aren't interested in IB, please go to a different school that would fit your needs. #2. Security Guards. All D20 high schools have security staff on site, voters approved that staffing a few years back. #3. Athletics. No school will be great at all things, but the High School has exceeded my expectations in terms of performance, and the MS had been improving each year. #4. Academics. As the school has grown every year until this year by adding grades, they have done a great job of making things work through multiple years of change. #5. Involvement. I have been involved as a parent every year since we started, and found doors to be open from admin and teachers. #6. Students. My kids all enjoy the school, and i have a child at all three levels right now. #7. Academics. Again, three kids, all levels, all different learners, and all doing great.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
I would say as a fairly new school, it's doing okay, but there are some areas that need to be fixed in order to improve the quality of the school. This school claims to be a "Math and Science" emphasized school, however, there are not enough math text books that are provided by the school's funds. Ironically, there are more English text books on the shelves of the English classrooms compared to the math text books in the math classrooms. The administrators are a bit over-scrutinizing the behaviors of the students and often give them punishment that is above the level of their committed act. They also tend to over exaggerate these stories, causing parents to be worried about their kid[s]. Furthermore, there are armed security guards that the school wasted its funds on because of the fear of potential felonies by the students, while the funds could've been used for a better use like on the math textbooks as mentioned above. In retrospect, there has not been a single drug deal nor fight etc. that existed on this campus, which proves that the security guards are not a need. I do however like the history of no drug deals nor other despicable acts on this campus.

- submitted by a community member
December 26, 2010
To the people who complain that the school focuses on IB too much: It's a pre-K through 12 *IB* school. IB, as in: International Baccalaureate. DCC is one of only a few in the US. The staff, parents, and administration worked hard to get the designation, and to maintain it requires that . . . they actually teach it. Oops. So sorry. IB may not be for everyone, so why not choice in to a place that doesn't emphasize it. DCC is a choice school, after all. It is a new-ish school, so the sports program is still growing -- it seems pretty funny to me that people are so quick to criticize, and yet don't look at everything this school does really, really well -- better than most in the U.S. in fact, if you look up its national standings. Get a grip. Just because a school has high academic expectations, and is unapologetic about those expectations, does not make it a bad school. Just as the students are expected to perform, so are the teachers. The staff here is excellent, highly qualified, and take their continuing education very seriously.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2010
I am a current student at dcc, im in hight school and have been there since 6th grade. The school is not a school i would send my children to. Every year i beg my parents to let me go somewhere else. I feel they foucus way to much on IB. The athletics there are horrible. During our volleyball seaon, we couldnt get bus rides home from out of district schools, putting the parents in a dificult situation. Where as some teams get transportation there and back. If dcc didnt focus so much on giving us usless murals, sun dials, and pengelums we could possibly have a semi-decent school. if you have walked around dcc youll notice, dull colors making the school look more like a prison than anything else, and usless objects, the pengelum in the lower library cost 5,000 dollars. we could have used the money to create a better athletic program or to get a better parking lot. the parking lot is horrible, if youve been there its more like a maze. overall, dont send your kids there eventually their going to ask you to leave.

- submitted by a community member
July 09, 2010
Administrators run their own little fifedom at DCC. Complain and you will be marginalized. Athletic programs are hit and miss. Great athletic facilities, pathetic athletic administration. Administration knows that they know better than the parents and patronize them. Too much concentration on IB. Students complain the inside looks like a prison, no color or decor. Teacher morale seems low.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
It is a sad day after reading the reviews and beginning to a investigation. Into the administration this school is not interested In teaching our the basics after seeing the report on the news and the criticism on the csap I don't this school really cares about teaching the basics they only teach to get higher csap scores and not the fundamental. Which I see why parents are complaining.they need to do better

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
I can't believe how ingnorant this school is, and how the adminstrative staff acts around kids. The old adage about if you can't make it in the real world then you should teach.applies to this school. And I would suggest to any parent that doesn't see that then they really don't care about there kids enough to be involved. this school is horrible, the iep plans are a joke and rarely acted apon.The parking lot is horrible and the teachers are so inept at controlling the traffic how can they possibly teach. what makes our society great is the abilitiy to identify problem areas with in an institution. Running away from a problem doesnt solve anything. So i encourage feedback from parents so things get fixed. People who say take your kids away from it if you don't like it are foolish. These are our kids and deal with the criticism

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
I am always amazed to read the posts of people in regards to how a school performs. Parents will often moan and groan about the happenings in the classroom or administration. I've got a great idea! Let's have the complaining parents enter the classroom and teach or be the principal and deal with all the crap dealt to them. Our society is very good about complaining when they are not satisfied. Not everyone can be pleased all the time. This is a stellar school. If you don't like it, then leave. Those that complain are never satisfied. The complainers should take their kids to the failing schools and then compare. I bet then you won't complain!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Parents watch out for your childen here. I have had several issues with the teachers and counslers here from not reporting incendents and inappropriate comments to my 9 years old daughter. I have several emails where I have asked them to send action plans for my children and haven't recieved them. to leaving messages on my phone that for a meeting which I was on time but they 'messed up' and marked the wrong time down. My daughter has a syndrome and since going to this school she has gone down in performance. When you are critical of the staff they become very defensive and counslers harass your children. Don't take your kids here you will be sorry.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2010
Our son attends the high school. With the exception of two great teachers, the rest of the school bites. The administration is very removed and non-responsive to parental concerns. The principal regularly fails to show up for IEP meetings. The school has some ideas that on the surface appear to be innovative, but the execution is inept and misguided and ultimately take away from the nuts and bolts of education. The online school portal is difficult to interact with, and they rely heavily on it for wide range of day-to-day stuff. The general culture of the teachers and the parent organization is very pretentious. Access to the school is a nightmare, which somebody decided to 'improve' by further limiting access by blocking of parking lot entrances and setting up an obstacle course of traffic cones.

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December 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 08, 2009
I am a 10th grader here at DCC, and I love it. The teachers are extremely nice, and help you when you need it. The theatre program is amazing and so is Mrs. Keating. She is a great teacher for both theatre classes and tech classes. All the productions are amazing because of her. I love being involved and we theatre folk are one big family. The foreign languages are also very good. I am in french 3 and I have learned so much. Mme Kurbegov has taught me so much about the language and the culture. She is a native speaker, and explains and answers every question I have relating to the language. I would not trade this school for any other!

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2009
This school is a huge disappointment. The middle school is wonderful but the high school is a disaster. The administrators have no clue how to appropriately deal with student issues and clearly do not have the breadth and depth of adolescent developmental knowledge to be effective with this population. The teachers are very good but without the proper administrative support this school is nothing more than a show piece. This is by far the worst high school in the district in terms of administration and commitment to student success. Thankfully, it only took us a few months to realize this and we promptly moved our daughter to Pine Creek High School. Thankfully, schools in this district are schools of choice!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2009
Our 3 kids are starting their 4th year at DCC, and we have been thrilled. For a new school that started several in depth programs, all at opening, it is amazing that everything has gone so well. We love that the school is one of the first K-12 IB Schools in America, and that they have a great system to improve their teaching methods with the TAP program. There are comments about the academics at the school, I would just say look at the state tests, and DCC was one of the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
We just moved from arizona and are thrilled with the schooling our first grader and preschooler are getting. The teachers are all great and the curriculum is fantastic. Hoping to stay in the district for 12 years! :)

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2009
Our Twins have had a great experience at Discovery Canyon, looking forward to another great school year. The teachers are some of the best in the area. They keep you informed at all times on how your kids are progressing. We couldn't ask for anything more.

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April 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
DCC is outstanding. Excellent teachers and staff. The sports programs and coaches are great, well trained and experienced. Every individual that I have had discussion with is truly concerned with the students academic and social welfare.

- submitted by a community member
February 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 09, 2009
I had 2 children at DCC for three years. Academics and teachers were good but the executive pricipal does not support many groups such as scouts, serteens or service to mankind, and Youth Symphony. We cannot figure out why!! We left and are thrilled with our new middle school which is Creekside. Discipline is much better too!!

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December 27, 2008
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December 27, 2008
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no rating November 25, 2008
This school far surpassed my expectations for the education of our daughter. The teachers and staff are not only helpful and caring, but know what they are doing. The campus is amazing and promotes an atmosphere of learning in everything they do. Even PE and recess become a learning experience at this school. I could not imagine having my child at a better place than DCC.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2008
I think this school is beyond what I could have imagined for our kids. We came from a different state where we did not have this. Would not leave the school for anything! They are fabulous!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2008
I just spent one year as an 8th grader here at DCC and I have to say that it is just amazing. It is very understandable with allergies, the teachers and administrative staff is very nice, and the students here are also great. My family is military so we have moved around a lot. I have attended 5 schools and so far DCC has been the best regarding allergies. They are extremely understanding and will do whatever it takes to make you feel safe here. The teachers and administrative staff at DCC are the best. They make sure that everyone is safe, happy, learning, following the rules , and doing their best. And on top of all of that they communicate very well with parents. School is not only about learning, you make friends as well and at DCC there isn't one single person who isn't friendly.

- submitted by a student
January 01, 2008
As a parent volunteer and substitute teacher at DCC, I have to say I am delighted with their MS and HS programs (I have no Elementary students). The teachers are organized, knowledgeable and caring. The HS is new this year and though there are fewer electives than at other high schools, they are doing a wonderful job at addressing all the creative needs of most students. It is hard to compare a brand new school to some of the ones that have been open for decades, but they have made a fabulous start, and their future plans are extraordinary! Their math and science emphasis will certainly be a great resource for an area that is geared toward aeronautics and other scsciences. I agree that the administration could do a better job and quit micromanaging each other and the staff, but these things take time to sort themselves out.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2007
I am a student at DCC and to be truly honest the school is wonderfull. The teeachers really do care about you and in the high school their are really no clicks at all. Everyone is friendly and the school staff really emphasize the need to be responsible. One of the best things about the school is the I.B. Curriculm. Colleges really look at I.B. and it gives us the chance to help others with community service. You would be amazed with how much we learn. If your thinking about putting your child in this scool you would make a great Choice.

- submitted by a student
October 21, 2007
This is one of the worst middle schools in Colorado. The teachers here are pretty good, but the principals are terrible. They do not know how to diciplin students, and takeeverything to extreme. They give special atention to the students they like more than others. The students get sick of relating every single thing to IB. Even though it is not required they make it seem like it is. They make the kids feel like they know everything about them by telling them they need to do more service for others or they will be hobo's, even though most of the students already help out with a lot of things and do plenty of service. For at least the middle school i would not recomentd it to anyone. The only plus is a couple of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
this is the worst school in D20 with an executive prinicipal that should have retired years ago. He micro manages his staff causing staff and administrators in 2006 to seek better jobs. Students are at risk academically at this school. If the executive prinicipal retires, this would be a much better school.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2007
I am a student at DCC (Discovery Canyon Campus). I have to say that it is a truly phenominal school. The education is wonderful and it seems to really draw us in. Our relationships with our teachers and other authorities stand strong and I have great regards for all the staff. At DCC you are constantly surounded with great people. It is an awesome place to be. I am so happy to be going there!! I highly suggest it.

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2007
Wow there really isn't any other words to describe this school. I am currently a new hire at DCC (Discovery Canyon Campus) and having worked in other district 20 schools were the teachers are more concerned about gossiping about terrible parenting and/or complaining about personnel it was a nice change to go to a very safe-gossip free environment. I was ready to recommend this school without working here, but now that I have I can confidently recommend this not-so-public-school educational and moral development to any concerned parent.

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Discovery Canyon Campus School
1810 Northgate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO  80921
(719) 234-1800
Last modified Discovery Canyon Campus School is a Public school that serves grades PK-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Discovery Canyon Campus School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top