History and Mission


Denver Center for International Studies prepares students for college by developing multilingual, interculturally competent citizens who are actively involved in our rapidly changing world.

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 three other campuses: DCIS at Ford Elementary School, DCIS Fairmont, and DCIS at Montbello. The DCIS schools are the only Colorado members of the International Studies Schools Network, part of the Asia Society.

DCIS students are expected to practice and promulgate the school’s core values: Integrity, High Expectations, Diversity, Collaborative Culture, and Reflection. Among other pursuits, students successfully curate a portfolio of their best work, guided by the four domains of global leadership, in order to earn a DCIS diploma.