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Profile of a DCIS Graduate

Throughout middle and high school, DCIS students learn to understand the world through art, English language arts, history, social studies, mathematics, science and world languages in a global context. A well-rounded global curriculum not only opens students’ eyes, but also sets the stage for them to make a difference locally, regionally and globally.

A DCIS education uniquely prepares graduates for life after high school by enabling them to be …

… effective users of language, information and technology:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the skills essential to communication and learning, both in English and one or more languages.
  • Present information in an articulate, persuasive and appropriate manner — orally, visually, in writing and through digital communication tools.
  • Evaluate sources of information for bias, validity and integrity.

… academically prepared:

  • Are intellectually curious, have a desire for lifelong learning, think critically and effectively organize their own efforts to learn.
  • Have earned high school diplomas with course credits required for entry into any state’s university system.
  • Are prepared to successfully engage in college-level coursework and complete college degrees or other post-secondary certifications.

… proficient thinkers and problem-solvers:

  • Demonstrate mathematical analysis, scientific processing and logical reasoning.
  • Hold themselves accountable for moral reasoning and ethical decision-making.
  • Understand and use the arts and literature as lenses through which to view society and culture, as well as to express ideas and emotions.

… culturally aware and sensitive:

  • Know world geography, including the locations of major world religions and cultures, and how geography influences cultural development.
  • Understand the contributions of different world cultures to the ways of life in the United States.
  • Understand the historical development and contemporary beliefs, values and characteristics of major world cultures.

… aware of world events and global dynamics:

  • Understand the multiple perspectives of current world events, international issues and global debates.
  • Understand global dynamics, such as how world economic, political, technological, environmental and social systems work and are interdependent across nations.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of at least one pressing international issue or problem.

… collaborative team members:

  • Are able to reflect on their roles and contributions as members of teams.
  • Appreciate and are respectful of the diversity of contributions, learning styles and strengths of individual team members.
  • Welcome differences in interpretation and judgment, are receptive to others’ views, and revise and expand their own views.