Discovery Canyon Campus International Baccalaureate World School is a PK-12 campus located in the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colorado. We pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive high school experience that offers current and prospective students an opportunity to participate in high level academics, competitive sporting programs, an outstanding arts program and many more opportunities that contribute to our unique community. We have a community (including students, parents, staff, community, and business partners) which values children and a quality education. All levels of our community are active in making DCC the best school in Colorado through their participation in academics, athletics, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Our parent organizations support the school in amazing ways!
All students in grades 6-10 access the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). In the 11th and 12th grade, students may pursue the IB Diploma Programme, the IB Career-Related Programme, be an IB Scholar, or access the IB experience through general coursework at Discovery Canyon. Additionally, students can access a variety of career-start programs that we offer through Academy 20. We believe that ALL students should access the most rigorous coursework available to them.
The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations. Students who access the IB will:
be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
develop multilingualism, through the development of a second language
be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world
ask challenging questions
develop research skills proven to help them in higher education
think critically and challenge assumptions
consider both local and global contexts
In addition to foundations in the International Baccalaureate, we believe that high school is a time to find and follow your passions. We offer a variety of programs, including engineering, biomedical sciences, speech and debate, visual and performing arts, and electives to meet every students’ unique interests and needs.
To read more about our unique academic opportunities and access the 2020-2021 course guide click here.
At Discovery Canyon Campus we offer 20 varsity sports including and will be adding Boy’s Volleyball and Girl’s Wrestling for the 2020-2021 School Year. We believe that athletics help students develop character and life-long skills and passions on and off the field/court. Our coaching staff and teams develop strong relationships with one another and make the high school experience unique. Many of our coaches have been recognized locally and nationally for their superior performance. This past year our head football coach, Shawn Mitchell was recognized by the Denver Broncos as the Broncos coach of the week. Additionally, coach Samuel Melendrez, the DCC Strength and Conditioning coach is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work making sure our athletes are in peak performance shape. Coach Melissa Bravo (Volleyball), Coach Marques Bravo (Wrestling), and Coach Tanya Ramsay (Softball) are recognized as Colorado All State High School coaches. All of our coaches strive to not only be the best in the state, but also develop character in both competition and in the classroom.
Our Performing and Visual Arts programs at Discovery Canyon are unparalleled. Participation in Visual and Performing Arts are not only a great way for students to explore their own creativity, be a part of a greater team, and fulfill their passions but also serve to build the skills that colleges and employers seek in successful candidates such as creative problem solving, collaboration, cooperation and working to a deadline.
DCC offers the most options for vocal music in District 20. At DCC, we have 8 choirs that focus on a variety of stylistic learning opportunities. Students can participate all four years of high school and learn varied vocal approaches and music while performing in a different ensemble each year ranging from show choir to jazz ensemble to a top notch classical chamber choir. Our choirs are competitive on a local and national level. Discovery Canyon has consistently had between 10 to 20 students earn a place in All State choir. These choirs consist of only 600 students from the entire state of Colorado. Additionally, we have elementary through high school representation in regional and national honor choirs. Our choir program is consistently rated Superior at Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) events.
DCC offers a comprehensive instrumental music program including concert band, the largest orchestra program in Colorado Springs and jazz band. Our instrumental music program is highly competitive and each ensemble receives superior marks in both CBA (Colorado Bandmasters Association) and CHSAA events. Every year we have many students earn a place in All State Band and All State Orchestra often having the most representation from a school in Colorado Springs. Many of our instrumental music students have continued on to study music in college because of the passion for music that has been developed here.
Theatre at DCC has opportunities for any level of interest. From taking any one of the many courses offered, to participating in after school productions, there are plenty of options. We offer theatre, improv and technical theatre classes and DCC Theatre presents three main stage productions a year—a fall musical, a winter play and an all school spring production that celebrates the incredible student body at DCC featuring talent acts, improv, sketches and audience / teacher participation games. We are proud to host the only student improv troupe that performs monthly throughout the school year. Cheap Date Improv was one of only 7 troupes statewide to open for the Denver Improv Festival in October 2019. DCC Theatre’s awards include a State Championship for our production of The Addam’s Family in 2016 and National Championship for our one act Captive Audience in 2012. In addition, we are an internationally recognized high school theatre program having performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2019.
Our Visual Arts program boasts great accomplishments as well. We offer ceramics, photography, graphic design and much more. Our visual arts department collaborate annually to host an amazing PK-12 art show that features many styles of artwork. Additionally, we have recognized artists through the Young People's Art Association, Air Academy Federal Credit Union (to include Scholarships!) and the Pikes Peak Library District. Creating and seeing great art is a priority for our Art department. They recently visited the Monet exhibit and continually expand their perspective through interacting with art.
One of the things that makes DCC exceptionally unique is our robust student life and activities.
Each Year during Homecoming week, our school competes against each other in our annual Thor Wars. During this event, grade level teams compete in a variety of predetermined events to bolster community involvement, define a positive school culture, and have fun! Throughout the year DCC also hosts a variety of fun events for students to get involved and connect. Some of these fun events include all school breakfast socials, cookies and cocoa in the canyon, open mic nights, and community service projects. While many of these events are exclusive for high school students, we host a variety of campus wide events to grow connections and mentorship between all students across our PK-12 campus.
Additionally, DCC offers 42 clubs based on student interest. Clubs are a great way to get involved and connect with others. Among our clubs, DCC participates in Sources of Strength, a student led club to promote hope, health and strength in our school and community. This club aims to bring together all students on our campus and continues to promote a fun and inviting school culture.