Core Values & Leadership Domains

DCIS Mission

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

Core Values

DCIS students practice and model the school’s five core values, which are the principles that guide our behavior both in and outside of school.


We do what we say we’re going to do and we do what’s right, even when no one is watching.

High Expectations

We aim high and work with purpose to overcome obstacles and achieve our goals.


United by our common humanity, we respect ourselves and others, both individually and as group members, honoring each other’s perspectives and celebrating our differences.


Working together, we challenge each other with out-of-the-box thinking, encourage everyone’s input and find joy in our mutual achievements.


We learn best by thinking carefully about what we’ve done, learned or experienced — what we’re proud of, what we could have done better, what we’ll do differently next time.

Leadership Domains

Among other pursuits, students create a portfolio of their best work — guided by the Asia Society International Studies Schools Network four Graduation Performance System domains of global leadership — to earn a DCIS diploma. The four domains are below:

1. Investigate the World — Generate Global Knowledge.

Students initiate investigations of the world by framing questions, analyzing and synthesizing relevant evidence, and drawing reasonable conclusions about globally focused issues.

2. Recognize Perspectives — Apply Cross-Cultural Understanding.

Students recognize, articulate and apply an understanding of different perspectives (including their own).

3. Communicate Ideas — Connect and Collaborate Across Boundaries.

Students select and apply appropriate tools and strategies to communicate and collaborate effectively, meeting the needs and expectations of diverse individuals and groups.

4. Take Action — Enact Global Solutions.

Students translate their ideas, concerns and findings into appropriate and responsible individual or collaborative actions to improve conditions in their own and the larger world.