DCIS hosts the 6th grade, 9th grade and Parent academies in early August (usually the week after registration) to acclimate new students and parents before the first day of school. The 6th and 9th grade academies take place on four consecutive mornings at the school.
Both the 6th Grade Academy and 9th Grade Academy for the upcoming school year will take place on:
New 7th and 8th graders can attend the 6th Grade Academy, and new high schoolers can go to the 9th Grade Academy.
The 6th Grade Academy covers DCIS-specific information such as the International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) model (the four domains, portfolio system, etc.), our weekly block schedule for classes and the role of Advisement.
Students learn ways to develop connections within the school (clubs and sports), hear about common issues that middle school students might face in their first year and who to talk to about them (social worker, counselors), and learn appropriate emotional regulation techniques (mindfulness lessons).
Students participate in icebreaker activities, go on a scavenger hunt to learn major locations within the school, find and practice opening their lockers, learn Middle School 101 tips to ease their transition (how to navigate DCIS with high school students, important activities/sports/clubs throughout the year), meet with different middle school teachers, and, of course, bond with other students, which is often the seed of many close and lasting friendships throughout their DCIS experience.
PARENTS: You must register your student for the academy with Denver Public Schools (DPS) beforehand. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
The 9th Grade Academy covers topics like High School 101, differences from middle school and expectations for high schoolers, strategies for making the most of their experience, study skills, and tips on how to navigate the next four years.
Students who attend all four days of the academy will earn 2.5 credits.
PARENTS: You must register your student for the academy with Denver Public Schools (DPS) beforehand. To register, send an email to email@example.com and include the following information:
The Parent Academy, hosted by the Parent/Teacher/Student Association (PTSA), takes place on the first morning of the 6th and 9th grade academies, in the school cafeteria. No registration is necessary.
After dropping off their students, parents can stop by to mingle over a complimentary light breakfast and coffee, then settle in for a brief welcome and informal presentation.
Most of the hour-long academy is devoted to questions that parents get to ask of DCIS administrators, counselors and fellow parents. It’s a great way to get an overview of the school, ask questions and connect with other parents in a relaxed environment.