ACADEMICS AT DENVER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS
Denver Christian School aspires to educate students in a diverse, faith-based community. Since 1916, Our school has nurtured and developed students’ personal gifts and prepared them to engage the world as leaders.Excellence in academics is a core competency of Denver Christian School.
Highly qualified teachers provide challenging, inspiring, and nurturing environments. Students consistently score one to three levels above state and national averages in standardized test scores. More than 99% of the high school students graduate and approximately 95% go on to some form of higher education. Denver Christian students have been accepted to more than 250 different colleges across the globe.
The DC graduate is a well-rounded student, abundantly prepared for college and beyond.
LIFE PREP CURRICULUM
In pursuit of academic excellence, DC challenges its graduates to be lifelong learners who will serve others with integrity and compassion as stewards of the school’s mission:to inspire and equip the students of Christian parents to engage the world with Christ’s transforming power and love.
DC is committed to educating 21st century students who are effective communicators and collaborators; globally aware, independent, confident and responsible learners and citizens; and critical and creative thinkers, innovators, and problem solvers. Most schools call it “college prep” but we like to think of it as “life prep”.
Curriculum and program development is a cooperative effort between administration and faculty. Learning and teaching are dynamic and engaging processes at DC. Elementary school programs are designed to educate the whole child and introduce and develop the skills needed to thrive as middle school students. In middle school, our students learn to prioritize, organize and prepare for the rigor of a high school curriculum, which in turn meets the requirements our future college-bound young men and women.
Our students become resilient scholars who can think critically, analyze data, work as a team, communicate in a variety of manners and show resiliency, while at the same time developing and maintaining the Christian values that are the core of a DCS education.
TECH TO LEARN
Our technology rich campus enables integrated and project-based learning, and makes collaborating, communicating, creating and critical thinking part of students’ everyday lives. Our innovative campus is designed to support the many learning styles of our diverse student body with learning labs and breakout spaces located throughout the school. We believe today’s 21st century students must understand the responsibility that comes with technology use, along with the positive and negative consequences. Using secure, monitored networks our students are given the opportunity to research and work in supervised environments, turn in assignments via Google classrooms, and leverage online learning tools to complement the lessons put forth in the classrooms. Our students abide by a technology code of conduct that is strictly enforced.
TECHNOLOGY BY THE NUMBERS:
- Promethian boards in every classroom
- 1 Tinker Lab
- 2 Computer Labs featuring Apple computers and printers
- Five 3D printers
- Devices for checkout: 60 Macbooks
- All middle and high school are encouraged to BYOD (bring their own devices)
QUALIFIED AND CARING FACULTY
The excellence of our school campus is only surpassed by the quality of Denver Christian’s faculty and staff. All Denver Christian School teachers are fully qualified to teach in their areas of expertise: a bachelor’s degree, state certification, prior education experience, and ongoing professional development are required of all our teachers. A teacher at Denver Christian cares for your children, prays for and with your children, and challenges every child to grow academically, socially, and spiritually into all that God desires for him or her to be.
MEASURES OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS®
One way that academic excellence is measured at Denver Christian School is through standardized testing. Each year we administer a standardized testing program called MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) to students in grades one through twelve. MAP assesses each student’s instructional level, and measures academic growth in language usage, reading and mathematics.
DCS teachers analyze the MAP data to develop instruction that will equip students to achieve their identified goals. A feature of MAP testing is its ability to help teachers connect test results with specific learning objectives that are tailored to each child’s instructional level.
OUR EXTERNAL STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENT PLAN INCLUDES:
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) grades 1-8
- LANGUAGE ARTS
College / Career Assessment grades 9-12
- INTEREST INVENTORIES, PERSONALITY TESTS (GRADES 9 & 10)
- PSAT (GRADE 10)
- SAT/ACT (GRADE 11&12)