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.