We moved to Colorado to get our girls in this institution. We saw it won recognition as a great Spanish School. My girls Spanish is good, we are native speakers. However, the non Spanish speaking children have serious weaknesses in their language skills. After two years in this school, my girls developed some issues in their oral expression.
Beyond the lack of good Spanish instruction, this school lacks supervision, kids run wild during recess, bullying, accidents and other incidents are common. Curriculum is weak. It is true what others said, changing schools is hard because the level of English is even worst than the Spanish they teach.
My girls are now in a caring, nurturing school. They have tutors there to help their English, not only the language arts, but also the science and math that was far behind their peers. We only regret not leaving sooner.
This school is truly amazing. Our daughter is enrolled in the ECE Mandarin program and we don't have anything negative to say about our experience this year. We lived in France prior to this where our daughter attended two different International schools, the last of which was IB Middle Years certified and while it was a decent school, I can say that ISD is lightyears ahead of it in almost every respect. The teachers are caring and truly dedicated to the students' educational and emotional needs. With very small classroom sizes (14 total students), the teachers can truly cater to the individual needs, providing more assistance for those kids struggling in an area and giving more advanced work to those who are ready. Curriculum is challenging and you can truly see your child learning, not only the chosen language, but all areas of academics; arts, music, math, science, English. The focus on cultural immersion, not just language, is impressive. The communication to parents from the administration is outstanding and the parent-involvement is impressive. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants to give their child the gift of an international education and bilingualism.
I totally agree with the parent who submitted his/her post back in 2011. "It is not great. Some of the teachers are good but the professional development is horrible and many of the teachers are very young and very inexperienced. . The curriculum is also very weak. Many of the kids that graduate struggle with middle school. The school has tremendous potential but will never live up to it with such a weak administration." All of this is spot on. If only I was proactive enough and had carefully read the reviews before enrolling our 2 kids.
Not a safe place for your kids. Make sure you ask these questions before you enroll: 1- how many injuries that requested ER intervention happened so far? 2- Are your caregivers qualified? What degrees/experience do they have? 3- How do you prevent the bad safety accidents from happening again? The answer to these questions is blahblah. They just do lip service without documents you can look at.
I visited this school because I thought the idea was interesting but it it is glaringly obvious that the school needs much growth. The answers I received for questions about academics were vague and not thoughtful. I felt the school mirrored a start up school not one that has been around for 40 years. Underwhelmed by my experience.
This is an excellent school as the French teaching staff is top-notch. I can't comment as to the other language tracks so I'll stick to our experience with the French program. My child has been in the ECE and Kindergarten classes, and speaks French fluently. My 5 year old child also reads in French and English, and can do math problems (addition / subtraction) above grade level. Teachers are very dedicated and focus on foundational skills every day. Detailed, date-stamped workbooks sent home to parents prove that curriculum is taught to students and practiced daily until mastered. Our family does supplement with additional English and math curriculum at home. Families who supplement with younger children (10-15 minutes per day in both English and Math) seem to fare better with long-term academics at the school. Two suggestions for the school would be to implement and execute a structured English program, and to supplement conceptual math with daily rote practice in class. The school is dedicated to community-building, and it is filled with very welcoming, open-minded families. It is a growing school and getting IB certification in its Middle School. Great overall!
DMIS is an awesome place - the middle school is fantastic - my daughter will be graduating from 8th grade this year, speaking both French and Mandarin, and being an IB self-directed learner. The excellent and dedicated teachers, coupled with the amazing and diverse students and parents make it, I believe, one of the best schools in the country.
I have two children at the school and cannot say enough wonderful things about it! Mu kids love school, the teachers, staff and administration are wonderful and understanding. The school has a real sense of community and global awareness which is critical in this day and age. Wonderful academics and language immersion which is exactly what I am paying for. Couldn't be happier!