What does it mean to be an international studies school?
Denver Center for International Studies schools strive to develop college and career ready, globally competent high school, middle school, and elementary school graduates. We believe that global competency is acquired by:
Looking at and teaching topics through the four domains of global learning: Investigate the World, Communicate Ideas, Recognize and Weigh Perspectives, and Take Action
Infusing the four domains of global learning into our every day teaching
Connecting every lesson to one or more of the four domains, so that students will have a solid background on what it means to develop global competency
Providing travel opportunities (overnights and field trips), after school programs (PeaceJam), and unique school curriculum (Immersion), Global Themes, Country studies)
Global Themes/Service Projects
In order to make a change in the world, we believe that students and teachers alike must be able to have time to investigate social justice issues that they are passionate about, and desire to take action on. Each grade level at DCIS at Fairmont has a global theme that they are focused on. This theme is something they engage with and learn about throughout the year.
Each grade is also paired with a nonprofit organization that relates to their theme. The students get to know the organization and its cause while learning about their theme. At the end of the year each student participates in service project to support the efforts of the organization they are paired with, and to take action to make their world a better place. This is where students begin to understand that they are change makers, and can lead their world and community.
Third Grade: Nobel Laureates and their Causes – PeaceJam
Fourth Grade: Refugees – African Community Center
Fifth Grade: Human Rights – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Brown Bag Lunches
Brown bag lunches are a chance for students to authentically investigate hobbies, professional careers, and topics of interest to further learn about the world around them.
Brown bag lunches:
Happen during lunch and students can opt-in
Are bi-monthly, for grades 1-5
Bring students and their lunch to the auditorium to listen and participate in a hands on lesson or experience
Encourage students to report their learning back to their class.
Have included: Uncovering the Titanic, Dinosaurs and Fossils, Denver Dumb Friends League, Brain Games: Alzheimer’s Association, Star Wars in Your Backyard, MLK’s Message, Songs of Selma, Ventriloquism and Puppet Workshop, Earth Day, Japan in the Schools, Titanic Shuffleboard, Recycling, and many more!
Overnights at DCIS at Fairmont
Overnight field trips at DCIS at Fairmont
Are designed to be an integral part of the education students receive
Aim to instill the confidence and skills to create students who are eager to explore, learn, and change the world around them
Are a big part of how we can provide opportunities for our students, and develop their desire to learn from the world around them
Encourage DCIS at Fairmont students and parents to foster independence so students will be excited to travel longer distances in middle and high school
Are not mandatory, but are highly encouraged
Are EXTREMELY FUN!
Are accessible for all – DCIS at fairmont provides scholarships support and payment plans when needed, so all students can attend trips
Welcome 4 chaperones per classroom (except 5th grade). Chaperones must pass a background check as per DPS policy.