Wow...the two negative reviews from 2014 are way off base and sound like someone with a grudge! My daughter is just finishing her freshmen year at DCHS and she LOVES it. We are far from wealthy, she isn't in any of the popular cliques, and she is involved in sports without us having to donate anything. She had been going to DC since 1st grade and the education is current and top notch. They are even implementing iPads next year. The environment at DC is exactly what we wanted for our daughter. This is a college prep school and can be tough at times. My older two children went to Crestwood high school. HUGE difference in atmosphere and the care the administration gives the kids. Do yourself a favor if you're considering this high school, talk to several parents of the students who go here. I can you from experience that DCHS far outweighs our area public high school. The negative reviews sound like someone with an agenda.
For those of you reviewing these comments PLEASE take into consideration the timeframe that others are referring to. DCHS at one time was a good school. It has changed in recent years. When people say they graduated and received an excellent education years ago, I am sure they did but your considering sending your child there now not 3, 4, or 5+ years ago. Academically it is a good school but it has many downsides in other aspects. It is those other aspects that make learning difficult and school unbearable for some. If your child is strong and can overlook the cliques, entitlement and arrogance of the student body and not let it affect them then by all means send them to DCHS. Just be wary! Look at the trend...enrollment is dropping here and especially in the elementary. In my opinion, that says a lot. My children no longer attend and most of their friends are leaving too.
I stumbled upon these reviews when searching DC for another purpose and felt I needed to weigh in. I attended DC for high school and enjoyed every minute of it. I never found that there were many (if any) cliques. Academically, I felt challenged and found that I could tailor my classes and extracurriculars to my interests. I found that generally anyone who was dissatisfied with their experience were people who either wanted to be spoon fed an education, or felt their money entitled them to good grades. The school is challenging and will prepare your children for college. My siblings and I all grauated from DC and now all have advanced degrees from some of the most prestigius universities in the country. Athletically, they try to field the best team possible, which by definition will exclude some students. DC is rigorous, while extremely supportive, and they will prepare your children for success all with a basis in Catholic teachings.!
I graduated from DC, along with my brother and sister. I received a wonderful education there and would probably send my kids there when they are old enough. I was well-prepared for college (and far ahead of most of my college peers). The school is small enough that everyone in your class (and the classes above and below you) will know who you are. Obviously, that can be a plus or a minus depending on the particular student. I find the comments about sports being political by some reviewers odd -- are you sending a child to a school for an education or to play sports? And is it bad that the school picks the best athletes for a particular team?
One word: horrible. Very out-dated curriculum that doesn't help students seek actual knowledge, no learning is provided through this lacking curriculum. Students are basically supposed to memories things by wrote and no hands-on or any beneficial teaching methods are used. Teachers play favorites, administration plays favorites. Disciplinary system is a flat out joke, it all depends on who your family is. Teachers label students and trash them and tarnish their reputation with other teachers. If one teacher has a problem with a student, all the teachers do and they hold the student accountable for that reputation they have.. but who gave them that reputation?The teachers try & make the school life like a soap opera or a reality show and continually gossip about students at the teachers lunch table.. Which is in the middle of the cafeteria, everyone's hears it. Most sports are jokes and whether or not you make the team is determined by who your family is and how much money you donate. The student body is very sneaky and superficial, everybody copies one another. Really not a good environment to put yourself or your child in unless you enjoy being miserable and labeled.
All three of my children attended and graduated from DC. All three were accepted at one of the top public universities in the State of Michigan. Each child had different strengths and needs, and the faculty and staff nurtured and encouraged each of to excel. The discipline and Catholic teaching were also important factor and DC was able to provide a safe, stable and academically challenging environment. Another important aspect is the diversity of clubs, activities and athletics offered at DC. Because there is a relatively small student population, "making the team" is more often the case than having to sit in the bleachers. The athletic department and coaches are an integral part of the overall development and growth of the students from young teens to young adults. DC also stresses parental involvement. This is such an important part of education and the staff and educators recognize and emphasize keeping parents on track.
I highly recommend this school because first of all i am a student and i really think divine child is hard but to be completely honest i think it is better for it to be hard. you need to be challenged in order to learn. this school is a college prep school and trust me it will help you get to college. there are so many counselors that are willing to answer any of the questions you have or any problems you have. the academics and athletics are both great qualities of this school.
The atmosphere at Divine Child is creative, spiritual and academically motivated by the wonderful students and faculty.
DC has suited my son well socially and academically....in the two areas where parent connections do not matter. However, we have found that it is EXTREMELY difficult for the parents from outside parishes to break into the DC social scene. The attention by the Administration to athletics is subpar. Many coaches are underqualified and ignorant to proper conditioning and nutritional support for athletes. Unless your child is the "Annointed One," he will struggle in athletics. Late Bloomers (esp. boys), avoid the frustration of pining away on the bench and stick to sports of individual merit like wrestling, CC and tennis. Those sports have excellent coaches and prior DC connections don't matter so everyone gets a fair shake. Academics are very good and will prepare the students well for college. Teachers are very involved and easy to approach. Counseling Staff has been cordial as well. Overall, great school but parents are very
excellent school, much better than the grade school, really prepares the kids for college
Re: the super-political sports comment: It actually begins in DCES... in the 4th grade to be exact. If you are not an alum, a coach or have only an average to slightly above-average athlete, your child won't be given so much as a second thought. There's no desire to teach or develop young athletes. It's pathetic. And a very BIG mistake I can't undo.
All three of my kids graduated from DC, are now in college. Great prep school for college. Sports programs are more than a little bit political though. Cross Country is the best sports program there, Miff and Ms P rock !
Sub par school. Football and baseball are terrible--Super Political--Esp. baseball-If you're considering DC, 'Don't Do It'. There are many other better choices--for sports and academics.
My three kids all made it through - all are successful college grads, all employed, all do volunteer work to this day, all have advanced degrees. They are confident, mature, and self-reliant. To find the DC difference, listen to any graduate speak: they all act that way. All three of my kids participated in several extracurricular activities all the time. Our family moved to be closer to the school, the commuting was really getting to us!
I have one daughter that is still in at Divine Child and one that graduated two years ago. Outstanding preparaton for college. Challenges each student individually, depending on ability. Caring and concern for each student -- great evironment to spend 4 years of high school
My daughter struggled at Divine Child because it is a school with high academic standards. However, she is now in her second year of community college and thanks me for keeping her at DC High! She feels the teachers and the high standards really prepared her for continuing her education. She feels she is better prepared for community college than many of the other students she has met. Thank you DC!
Best experience I could ever give my child. Nothing but positive remarks about Divine Child. My daughter was successful on Student Council as well as 2 varsity sports throughout her four years and is now completely prepared to move onto her next academic career at Michigan State University. Highly Recommended!
Highly recommend school! 2 daughters came from outside school & are thriving at DC! Extracurricular activities for everyone to choose from-school stresses participation in at least 1 activity. Lots of school spirit/pride and wonderful open/neighborhood atmosphere-something is ALWAYS going on in the school. Not a 'commuter' type of school at all. My junior scored in 97% on ACT and sophomore scored in 93% on PSAT-incredibly well prepared for college!
The kids are great, the parents tend to be cliquish..If your child is not from DC elementary, there is a period of adjustment as a freshmen. I found that the DC parents really don't appreciate 'outsiders' and I have felt uncomfortable trying to 'fit in'. My daughter loves the school..I'm still lukewarm.
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