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Established in 1985 as a magnet program at Denver’s West High School, DCIS became a magnet middle and high school in its own building at 574 West 6th Avenue in 2006.

The Denver Public School Board confirmed the school’s success by expanding to two new campuses in 2011 in far northeast Denver. DCIS Ford Elementary School currently offers early childhood education through second grade. DCIS Ford will grow to offer ECE – 5th grades in 2012. This year DCIS Montbello serves sixth and ninth grade students, phasing in full middle and high schools grades over the next three years.

DCIS the only Colorado member of the International Studies Schools Network, part of the Asia Society.

The DCIS Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.