Denver Center for International Studies
100 percent graduation and college-going rate among this school's seniors—for the fourth year and counting!
The Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) is a Denver Public Magnet School for Grades 6–12, and a member of Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network.
What makes this school so successful? Arguably the interesting and relevant course work.
Students at DCIS must successfully complete five areas of focus to receive a Diploma of International Studies, including global studies, foreign language, community service, special international projects and core classes. High school students are required to complete three "Passages"—challenging, hands-on research projects that evolve from students' interests. DCIS students also have the opportunity to become fluent in one of five world languages (Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish); travel abroad to practice language skills and experience different cultures; and learn together with students of different cultures and from different countries, building acceptance, empathy and friendships across socioeconomic, racial and ethnic lines. DCIS prepares students for college by developing their skills in leadership, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving. The school expects its graduates to be global leaders and prepares them for this important work by giving them the skills, knowledge and cultural awareness they need to make an indelible mark on our world.
DCIS offers students a rich array of enrichment activities in an effort to expand their exposure to international affairs. Many of these opportunities come through strong community partnerships that emphasize the importance of connecting students to the "real" world both at a local and global level. Partners include the Institute of International Education (IIE), Rotary Club, The World by Road, and Namlo International.
Denver Center for International Studies is truly a school focused on global learning. As a parent of a DCIS 7th grader, I am extremely impressed with the faculty and staff. Our teachers, and each staff member not only care about the world around us, but they are truly interested in our students. These kids come from every walk of life, giving our school the spice that enhances their lives. Thank you, DCIS, for your willingness to take our kids around the world!
574 West 6th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: (720) 423-9000
Fax: (720) 423-9075
School Leaders: Daniel P. Lutz (Principal)
Stephen Parce (Asst. Principal)
Year Opened: 2006 (1985—Center for International Studies at West High School)
Grades Served: 6, 7, 9–12 (To serve 6–12)
Enrollment: 422 (2007–08)
Free/Reduced Lunch: 64.6%
Racial/Ethnic Comp: 53.6% Hispanic, 30.6% White / Other, 7.6% Asian
Asia Society has built a network of high-performing, globally oriented schools that demonstrate what a rigorous global education can do for a largely low-income, urban student population.