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Parent / Guardian
May 03, 2022
I'm surprised that the score is so low. It is a wonderful school. I guess when things went well, nobody would say much but those experienced differently. My older daughter have been going there for 4... More
Other (school staff, family member, recent alum, etc)
April 08, 2022
As a former student at Cowles, who is also bi-racial, my experience at Cowles was often filled with microaggressions from both student and staff due to the very white demographic of once more, both... More
Parent / Guardian
March 25, 2022
There are numerous barriers for most DMPS families to get in this school. The best way to in is to enroll your 3 year-old, but you have to be able to afford 3 year-old preschool. There is no... More