Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS)
Rigorous curriculum grounded in global exploration and service prepares nearly 2,400 Denver Public Schools students attending our schools for college, career and life. Our students leave DCIS multilingual, inter-culturally competent, and set to solve problems and lead communities worldwide with knowledge and compassion.
Founded by Dan Lutz as a center within West High School in 1985, DCIS moved to its downtown Denver (DCIS-Baker) campus in 2006, offering 6th through 12th grades. Building on its success, two new schools were opened in 2011 in far northeast Denver: DCIS-Ford and DCIS-Montbello. And finally, in 2013, DCIS-Fairmont opened its doors downtown. Today, the four DCIS campuses serve 2,400 students.
The DCIS Foundation board of directors was founded in 1993 and earned its 501 (c) (3) status in 1997.
U.S. News & World Report pins Gold Medal on DCIS « Our flagship school, DCIS-Baker, earned a gold medal in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report’s evaluation of nearly 22,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The Denver public magnet ranked #1 among Denver Public Schools, and ranked #6 out of 446 Colorado public and charter schools evaluated for state proficiency reading and math standards, college readiness and other factors.
College bound « Our seniors – many who are first in their families to attend college – have attracted over $11 million in scholarships. DCIS graduates attend colleges and universities throughout the country, from Georgetown, Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago and Yale, to those closer to home, including University of Colorado and University of Denver.
Scholarship & Citizenship Awards « DCIS students have garnered several awards – National Merit Scholarships, Rotary Club Awards, Denver Council on Foreign Relations International Award, Boettcher Scholarship, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Daniels Fund Scholarships, to name a few.
Community Service « DCIS students contribute thousands of hours in community service annually.
Our Students « Family income is not a barrier to success; nearly 80 percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Our History « Founded by Dan Lutz as a center within West High School in 1985, DCIS moved to its current central Denver (Baker) campus in 2006. In 2011, DCIS added DCIS-Ford and DCIS-Montbello, and in 2013, DCIS-Fairmont, to its system.
Denver Center for International Studies Schools
|DCIS-Baker||Grades 6-12||574 West Sixth Ave||720-423-9000|
|DCIS-Fairmont||ECE-Grade 5||520 West 3rd Avenue||720-424-7620|
|DCIS-Montbello||Grades 6-12||5000 Crown Blvd||720-423-5900|
|DCIS-Ford||ECE-Grade 5||14500 Maxwell Place||720-424-7300|