My school is AMAZING!!!!! The teachers are so nice and I feel comfortable around even the high schoolers (being in 6th grade i was nervous about going to school with them) and the only flaw is the Study skills class (advisement) it is a joke... I am literally bored to tears learning nothing in that class but otherwise i love all my other classes like Chinese, Math, etc. I would definitely reccomend this school to ANYBODY.
I don't like this school because the staff and administration don't care or listen to what the students have to say. It may get some good test scores but it doesn't compare that the teachers don't really care as much as needed to get the right education. There aren't a lot of class options and aren't very interesting. I would suggest another school.
DCIS: a good school for self-motivated students. The staff, block schedule and diverse classmates offer a student countless opportunities to engage in their own growth and education. It is up to the student to seize or disregard those opportunities. My son entered DCIS HS in 2009 from a 99% white affluent suburban middle school. Strong friendships with kids from all socioeconomic, ethnic and racial backgrounds grew over the past four years. The students fiercely debated every significant issue, in & out of classes, with passion in their own opinions, but with respect for the other person. The intellectual clashes with students and staff of opposing viewpoints sharpened his mind and wits, & developed courage of conviction. DCIS has a vibrant atmosphere with interested and interesting students and staff. It is not a place for wallflowers-- or a wallflower will soon get dragged into the life of the school by other students. The non-AP math classes are weak and insufficient for anyone interested in engineering or science majors in college, but all other aspects of the school seem to have prepared my son for collegiate life and academics.
Can only comment on the middle school (3 years experience) but DCIS has been a big disappointment. Weak principal, too many low performing teachers and a student culture that isn't intellectually oriented. Nice, non-violent kids attend DCIS but they segregate by race/ethnic group, with administration's implicit consent. Happiest families seem to be those who have students who will be first generation HS graduates or first to attend college. Kids not from that background are more likely to be bored and looking elsewhere for HS. School is average by DPS standards but very much below average for people not educated in DPS.
I was a student at this school, and was sent to this school with many letters of recommendation. I was never the student who ditched class or gave the teachers problem but I feel that my appearance at the time singled me out from the other students and gave the faculty a set impression about me. I at the time was currently taking medication around leaving my middle school, and had been for my entire life. I quit all my medication that summer and my body wasn't used to the immediate cease of all the medication had a huge impact on my body. During my time as a student I had trouble staying awake from the changes in my body, and although I had told this to the teachers they still treated me like a guy who would rather be in a party than at school. While sleeping in a class one day I was yelled at by a teacher who told me to go to the vice principals office, when I entered the office I had no chance to speak while he accused me of being on drugs and causing a disruption to my fellow classmates and that I would be given 2 days of in school suspension for my "behavior". during those two days I was treated like a criminal by faculty and realized I absolutely had to leave this school.
My son is adopted from social services and had behavioral issues. But DCIS created a good social network for him to the point of not wanting to miss one day of school. He is pushed at home to speak a foreign language and to study. When he was doing badly the teachers communicated with me and we came up with a plan to help. Now he is getting much better grades and he will be fluent in a foreign language by the time he finishes high school. It is true that extra curriculars such as music, sports, and other activities are sparse at DCIS. But, I think the most overriding factor for my son is for him to feel part of the school and get good grades. The parents are at least required to be interested in making sure their kids get a global style education. I love the assignments they give my son. They make him think about things in the world around them. Frankly we have considered moving out of the neighborhood and my son hates the idea of not being close to the school. He has NEVER liked even going to school before DCIS. The teachers are well prepared, but it is true that they need to have more mentors and one and one tutors. I think this school for their limited resources is great!
This school might be good if your 6th grader is ready for college but mine isn't, she is 12 not 18 years old. The teachers do not care if their students have missing assignments, fail a test and the principal does not hold the teachers accountable for doing anything to help. When I asked teachers what day they stay after school to help students, none of them would commit to doing so. With the exception of a few teachers, they leave right after school and my kid has never once been given a detention or told to come in after school to figure out a missing or failing assignment. Also the "Study Skills" class is a joke. There are no study skills taught and at least one day a week they go outside or to the gym to play. A kid could be getting an A in Study Skills and be failing a class. So, if your child is ready for college, a stellar student that can completely manager 7 different classes and teachers without issue, then certainly, this may be the school for your child.
My daughter, now in 9th grade has been at DCIS for the past 3 years. She and I both love the school. The quality of education is amazing and I'm so pleased with the curriculum and the fact that all the teachers are so committed to ensuring that the students not only learn, but have a clear understanding of what is being taught. As parents we teach our children to be proactive about her learning and raise them to not just depend on OTHERS to teach them, but know how to teach themselves as well. This accompanied with what she is receiving from the school, I'm certain, will ensure her a bright future. I'm looking for her being able to travel abroad and all the opportunities that that will over. In the 19 years that I've had children in public schools, DCIS is by far the best school I've ever encountered. I LOVE IT!!!!!
Awesome! My daughter started at DCIS this year and has loved it. The staff has been amazing to work with. The school offers many extra's but the greatest part is that my child is learning a second language. It is a wonderful program. The principal is friendly and easy to approach. I can't say enough positive things about DCIS!
This school is amazing. You never are bored in class because everything you learn is just amazing. Haha there is so much diversity at the school. im Lovin It.
Okay now... Lets be real. DCIS is a spectacular school. The teachers are like friends, and the students (HS) are superb. Best of all the travel opportunities are abundant. On the down side there are no extracurriculars (plenty of clubs), and no sports teams (HS) also the amount of homework is huge. But if you are looking for a pre-collegiate experience with a flair of all things global CIS is 100% for you.
This is a no nonsense school with great resources, real teachers (as opposed to those who just want a job), and a healthy balance of respect for, yet firm guidance of the students. The amount of homework is reasonable yet challenging. Global awareness being imparted to the students is beyond compare with any school in Denver. My child has learned more in the first 2 months of school this year than in most of last year at a different DPS middle school. Finally, communication from the school office and the active PTSA is excellent - on a regular basis - I'm not left in a void as to what is going on.
DCIS is an excellent school for the kid that self motivated and international orientated. There is a lot of free time (1 hour lunch break, 20 min office hours) to get homework done, meet with teachers, do projects, or goof off (see comment about being self motivated). Many of the teachers have been overseas and/or spend time in the Peace Corps. There are many travel opportunities both as a group and as an individual student. Down side: no art, drama, PE, music. They have plenty of afterschool clubs that allow for these activities.
Like any school, this one has its good and bad points. There is nothing to compare with the foreign language program--nowhere else can kids choose from five languages and study one to proficiency. The teachers have amazing, community-service backgrounds & the curriculum is terrific at producing involved global citizens. 100% of students go to collegeand each year several receive prestigious scholarships. Diversity is not just a goal here; it is a way of life. The school is small, which is an advantage for most kids, though making friends is tricky because this is a magnet school where students come from all over the metro area. The school struggles, however, to offer a full slate of extracurricular activities and electives like music and art.
This is a great school with opportunities that can be found in few other environments in the public or private setting. The teachers are helpful, small class size and great overall leadership. Sometimes the focus on community work and travel superceds the academic needs - but I wouldnt send my child to another school.
My student is now a senior, having come to DCIS in 9th grade. I am overwhelmed/joyed with the growth I've seen. Some things were hard at first: being responsible for managing time (including office hours and free periods), working in teams, rising to high academic and behavioral standards from teachers and administrators.The expectation that students would learn self-governance by experimenting with it was scary at first -- to her and me. She stumbled some but has exceeded our hopes. She's traveled to Italy, England, several Native American nations, and hosted Mongolian and Navajo students. The passages and core value reflections that underpin high school are excellent foundations.The school has supported her through over-the-top emotional upheaval, special learning needs, and much more. As she completes her high school career and sets her sights on college, I know how much DCIS made that possible. I can't recommend this school highly enough.
I love the diversity at DCIS and students have wonderful opportunities for international travel to places like Mongolia, India, and Africa. I have worked at many schools, but never one so devoted to serving the local and global communities!
I love DCIS i made such great friends there. my first day was scary but i made friend right away.i loved that i was learning a foreign language and i loved that the teachers that teach the language are from the contry so they speak it perfect. the teachers are gerat there too. there a lot of clubs people can join during and after school. the school is great academecly its a great school i learned more this year than i would of learned at my old school.
I am a student at DCIS and love it!!! The teachers are amazing! The classes are educational, and fun! And our principle is one of the kindest, most funny, sweet people I know! And my fellow class mates, they are supper cool, they have helped me with work and in return I help them, and as one of our core values says we have a very colabertive culture! Over all, this is one of the top 5 best schools that you can choose, and if you do I can almost garentie that you will love it!!!
DCIS was a program within West HS for about 20 years. About three years ago they moved out of West and started their own school with the addition of middle grades. I would agree with all of the comments here so far, even the bad ones. There are some really great things going on, some great potential, and some horrible things. We started our child 2 years ago with lots of energy and are a little deflated now. Our child wants to go somewhere else for HS.
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