I was a 13 year parent at D'Evelyn, with 4 kids in attendance. 2 graduated from there and 2 from Wheatridge. 3 had learning disabilities. All were very glad they attended D'Evelyn. The one who is 25 regrets not buckeling down more to have graduated from there. The 23 got her start in ethics and politics there. The 20 is on dean"s list and the 18 had crummy grades but great ACT's, no 4th year of math and admitted to 4 year state school. At D'Evelyn she felt like the dumb one. In the real world she feels very smart. All have worked and had scholarships to help pay for College. IT IS WORTH IT! No inflated grades. 2 hours of homework every night. 30 math problems every day. The diversity club died from lack of interest. If you want one, find a sponsoring teacher and have one again. Don't whine. Is it a perfect school? No. Is it the best school. Yes. Sometimes teachers or administrators are new. Help them to get up to speed. It is your school, parent driven, not district driven. You have much more power. Read the document on the web site. Go to the accountability meetings and be a candidate for the steering committee. Your influence does make a difference.
D'Evelyn gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to committed teachers and a rigorous curriculum, it has set me on a focused path and prepared me for both college and future career endeavors. Teachers here develop intellectual students who enjoy learning, rather than students who go to school merely for the diploma. Indeed, D'Evelyn teachers make the students actually interested in the material. Also, having played a sport here for 4 years, I will undoubtedly vouch for this school's extracurriculars. Our teams have improved significantly each year, and are no longer the weak 4A teams we have been in the past. But remember, the most important aspect of the school is indeed the quality of learning. Oh, and if you're a kid, not a parent, don't worry about any lack of partying. Nuff said.
We have two kids at D'Evelyn and they have really excelled. Yes they work hard and it appears to have bostered their own self-esteem. Their attitudes are terrific, excited about learning and working hard ... ignited their competitive spirits. It is a competitive world out there and for them this is good preparation.
I really do not know who is writing all these reviews, but I guarantee they are rigged like everything else in this school. My child is in 8th grade and I cannot wait to get her out of this place. She has had some good teachers but she has had some awful teachers. The ineffective teachers in this school are lazy, burned out, and only here for a free ride. This school is ONLY interested in test scores! There is no interest in developing the entire person. The homework load is from the time they get home until they go to bed. Homework is also loaded up on the weekends. Yes, this school does have good test scores, but at what price? If you want a positive educational experience for your child, pass this place up.They will be burned out by college, many are.
I've been a student here since 7th grade and am now a Junior. D'Evelyn is the absolute best thing that could have happened to me! Yeah, I'm sometimes jealous of some of my friends from other 'easier' schools; but I would never want to trade places with any of them now that we're all starting to look at colleges. If you're fortunate enough to get 'lotteried' in here, you will definitely walk away with an AMAZING education when it's all said and done! As for the few sour grapes below; in the 4-plus years I've been here, the D'Evelyn faculty have always been very respectful and fair to me and all of my friends. As for the students, I'm very proud to say that we're among the nicest, most helpful people you'll find ANYWHERE!!!
Best school in the district, and one of the best in the country for a public school. Even if your child does not make it to higher education, every lesson taught there is a positive thing stays with them for life .
D'Evelyn will definitely prepare you for college and encourages you to be whatever you want to be. The vast majority of the teachers are great, they offer help and make sure you understand the topic. Sure, we have alot of homework. But you can get alot of it done in a study period at the end of the day, and its really not that bad. However I agree some people below me, the administration is unorganized and too overpowering. Our assistant principles tend to pick 'favorites.' Administrative staff cannot seem to listen, if you have to talk to them about something. And you can be criticized. Lack of communication between the school and parents can be a problem too. Also, students are not given alot of independence. Upperclassmen are not too friendly to the lower, especially Jr. High. But otherwise D'Evelyn is a challenging but rewarding school.
Most of the teachers are good to excellent and buy into the concept of challenging students to live up to thier potential. All three of our kids received college scholarships to top schools due to their high school preparation.
The academics at this school are superb. The biggest problem is with the current principal who singles out and bullies students and treats them like they belong in a correctional facility, not like the hard working, over acheivers they tend to be. This creates serious attitude problems within the school. Difficulties tend to be of the lesser variety such as dress code violations, which are met with punishment not fitting the infringement. If you want your child only to get a good education, this is a great school. If you want your child to get an education and enjoy school, pick another one. This one instills good work ethics but leaves the student with many bad memories of their high school years.
My Daughter attends D'Evelyn. She was fortunate enough to get picked through the lottery as an eighth grader and is in her second year. Before D'Evelyn she attended a small private school. The transition has been seamless. Academic load and student pride remains high, if not higher. Do not be fooled by the rumors that these kids are 'Nerds'. They bully larger schools on every court and field in Colorado, as evidenced by CHSAA, the District and State Championships that they have won in their young existance. Any parent who would not want this high standard of Excellence for their child both in the classroom and in extra curricular activities has to be nuts. I for one am grateful for the structure for which the school is ran, including the strict disipline. It simply is the best Junior/Senior High School in Colorado.
I am a D'Evelyn parent and I have to agree with the posting from December 27, 2008. Both my children received an excellent education, were well prepared for college, and received scholarships. I am glad they went there, but as stated the atmosphere in the school could be improved greatly! The conservative Christian majority of the school tend to run things. There used to be a 'diversity' club; no more. My own children were criticized by other students because they believed in evolution, harassed because of their political beliefs and at times made to feel unwelcome. For the most part the teachers are great; think the administration could do better.
I am a parent of four children that have attended D'Evelyn and I couldn't be happier. The best thing about the school is that it fosters a good work ethic. There is a lot of homework but since almost all of the students are college bound most students do the work. That makes for interesting dicussions in class where most participate. It really prepares the students for college. Many other schools have poor participation both by parents and by students but that isn't true at DHS. The amazing thing is that even though it is a lottery school (it doesn't get to select the smart kids like IB) we still have the top ACT score in the state, but we also had the top track and field runner last year (Kevin Williams). This year we have won the 4A golf finals and were in the final four for the state football.
I am a D'Evelyn parent and I love most everything about the school. Great student body, great administration, many great teachers! Sports and extra-curriculars do not suffer from the academic rigor, and enhance the overall educational experience. I have to comment on the perceived 'lack of diversity' commented on by previous reviewers. This is a lottery school, and a public school, it cannot favor students based on religious beliefs, nor can it push a particular religion. All students and parents are welcome to participate. The 'overpowered administration' is actually overseen by a steering committee and a very strict series of rules and regulations which were part of the school's charter. The lottery system makes this school difficult to get into. One would think Jefferson County would see the results of this program and model more schools after it, so that more students would have access to this level of excellence.
I am a teacher at D'Evelyn. I have never worked in a school with a better prepared and knowledgable staff. Most of the staff is also continually striving to improve their teaching and their knowledge base. Our students graduate extremely well prepared for college if they put forth an effort to succeed. There is a lot of homework but it pays off. We have very strong languages, arts, music and theater. Many of our athletes also participate in these activities. Our athletic program is successful and as a smaller school, a greater percentage of kids get to participate. I have taught at several other schools and D'Evelyn is by far the best place I have taught. The facility is outstanding, the kids are great and I feel I am a part of an intellectually exciting and caring community. I plan to be here until I retire.
I am an extremely happy camper. Both of my kids went to the elementary feeder school, Dennison. We experienced no hazing in the junior high/middle school years and my kids feel (felt) welcome and safe every day. The school has a closed campus, so kids are not out getting into trouble on their lunch hours. The teaching staff is very talented and cares about their students greatly. There are plenty of resources at the school for kids that fall behind or are having trouble grasping a subject. My family has not really experienced any of the conservative christian influence mentioned in other reveiws nor have we had to listen to the global warming/save the planet fanatics on the other side of the political isle. We consider that a positive on both counts. If you can get in to D'Evelyn, go for it! It's a private school education at public school prices.
I am a D'Evelyn alumni, and thought the curriculum was first rate, the teachers are great, and the sports and extra-curricular activities are a great place to mature as an adolescent. However, the overpowered administration creates an oppressive atmosphere, and struggling students are often ignored and discouraged from attending the school. Furthermore, the Christian Conservative demographic dominates all aspects of the school, and creates a uniform atmosphere in which diversity is hard to come by. Great school, terrible environment.
teachers think they know every way of teaching when they only know how to teach good learners
I am a student at Develyn and I love it. Although there is a lot of homework the nice atmosphere and teachers creates a great learning area for seventh greaders and 12 greaders. Develyn is great for preparing students for the exciting world of college.
D'Evelyn is helping me so much with college. When I was in High School I felt like a lot of pressure and work was put on me that other students didn't have in Jeffco. Now as I am more than a month into college, I am finding that I excel over other students and that I am not working nearly as hard as them to keep up.
Bottoms up D'Evelyn is one of the best schools in the state! The kids there are polite and are not rude like some of the kids at schools in lakewood like Lakewood High school. My son went to Lakewood and it was the biggest mistake i have ever made!!!
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