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Nov 012012

DCIS founder Dan Lutz to receive AMG National Trust Bank Award for Exceptional Community Service

Veteran Denver educator Dan Lutz and DCIS Foundation board member has been named the 2012 winner of the AMG National Trust Bank Award for Exceptional Community Service, presented annually by the Rotary Club of Denver.

Dr. Lutz will be honored at Rotary’s Branch Rickey Award dinner, Sat., Nov. 10 at the Denver Marriott Downtown.  R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets is this year’s winner of the Branch Rickey Award that recognizes individuals in baseball who contribute unselfishly to their communities and who are strong role models for young people.

Rotary initiated the ECS award in 2010 to recognize someone locally whose work has resulted in sustained improvement in the community, and has helped children experience diverse and challenging educational opportunities regardless of economic or social background. Previous honorees include Earl Wright in 2010 and Jim and Scotty Wilkins in 2011.

Dr. Lutz has been a teacher and leader in Denver Public Schools for over 35 years, and was the developer and founder of the Denver Center for International Studies magnet program that he later expanded into a stand-alone magnet school.  After directing the program for 21 years, he served as DCIS principal for another four years.  Since then he has helped develop three more DCIS schools for DPS.  He co-founded a national association of pre-collegiate international studies programs and schools in 2000, and currently consults with the International Studies Schools Network of Asia Society (ISSN), a national network of international studies schools.

Dr. Lutz began his education career and passion for international education as a high school teacher in the Teacher Corps in New York and the Peace Corps in Afghanistan.  His career has included training new Peace Corps Volunteers in Iran, helping initiate the development of Korean Heritage Camp for families with adopted children from that country, serving on the Board of Directors for Colorado Heritage Camps, and teaching a graduate global education class for teachers.

In 2008, he received the MetLife Foundation Ambassador in Education Award.  A member of Denver Rotary since 2005, Dr. Lutz said, “Rotarians are a constant source of inspiration as we all share the value of service, and know how that defines and expands our horizons.  That is what means so much to me with the young people in our schools as they complete their service requirements related to their global learning – when given the chance to make their education mean something to others the meaning and enrichment comes back to them and broadens their vision of life.

Click here for more information about purchasing tickets for the Branch Rickey Award annual dinner or call 303-893-1919, ext. 105.

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Jul 252012

US News and World Report Pins Gold Medal on DCIS

Denver Center for International Studies earned a gold medal in the latest US News and World Report’s evaluation of nearly 22,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The Denver public magnet school ranked 17 out of 446 Colorado public and charter schools evaluated for state proficiency reading and math standards, college readiness and other factors. DCIS ranked third in Denver after Denver School of the Arts and George Washington High School.

State Rank School Students /
Teachers
College
Readiness
Math
(avg. proficiency)
Reading
(avg. proficiency)
#8 Denver School of the Arts
7111 MONTVIEW BLVD
DENVER, CO 80220
Denver Public Schools
#295 Nationally Ranked
22:1

Larger than CO Avg
949 Students
42 Teachers

53.5

Above CO Avg
82% Tested (AP®)
44% Passed (AP®)

2.6

Above CO Avg
58% Proficient
42% Not Proficient

3.3

Above CO Avg
93% Proficient
7% Not Proficient

#12 George Washington High School
655 SOUTH MONACO PARKWAY
DENVER, CO 80224
Denver Public Schools
#418 Nationally Ranked
18:1

Near CO Avg
1,491 Students
82 Teachers

48.5

Above CO Avg
52% Tested (IB)
48% Passed (IB)

2.1

Near CO Avg
34% Proficient
66% Not Proficient

2.7

Near CO Avg
65% Proficient
35% Not Proficient

#17 Denver Center for International Studies
574 WEST 6TH AVE
DENVER, CO 80204
Denver Public Schools
#473 Nationally Ranked
23:1

Larger than CO Avg
567 Students
24 Teachers

46.7

Above CO Avg
100% Tested (AP®)
29% Passed (AP®)

2.1

Near CO Avg
27% Proficient
73% Not Proficient

2.8

Near CO Avg
74% Proficient
26% Not Proficient

#20 East High School
1545 DETROIT ST
DENVER, CO 80206
Denver Public Schools
#586 Nationally Ranked
20:1

Larger than CO Avg
2,159 Students
108 Teachers

42.5

Above CO Avg
56% Tested (AP®)
38% Passed (AP®)

2.1

Above CO Avg
37% Proficient
63% Not Proficient

2.9

Above CO Avg
75% Proficient
25% Not Proficient

#25 Denver School of Science and Technology
2000 VALENCIA ST
DENVER, CO 80235
Denver Public Schools
#752 Nationally Ranked
14:1

Near CO Avg
728 Students
54 Teachers

37.5

Above CO Avg
50% Tested (AP®)
33% Passed (AP®)

2.4

Above CO Avg
41% Proficient
59% Not Proficient

3.0

Above CO Avg
86% Proficient
14% Not Proficient

#36 Martin Luther King Middle College
19535 EAST 46TH AVE
DENVER, CO 80249
Denver Public Schools
#1322 Nationally Ranked
19:1

Larger than CO Avg
1,142 Students
61 Teachers

26.0

Near CO Avg
88% Tested (AP®)
5% Passed (AP®)

1.8

Near CO Avg
14% Proficient
86% Not Proficient

2.7

Near CO Avg
72% Proficient
28% Not Proficient