Student Agency

In line with our IB curriculum framework, DCI believes that students should have a say in, make choices for, and really own their education. This goal is realized in our classes and in our student projects.

Starting in middle school, DCI students engage in personalized learning projects that build to the final project, the extended essay, completed during their senior year for the IB Diploma. These projects include:

  • MS Student-Led Inquiry Class where students create their own course of study
  • Community Project in 8th Grade
  • HS Student-Led Inquiry
  • Personal Project in 10th Grade
  • Creativity, Action, Service and Extended Essay/Reflective Project in 11th-12th Grades


DCI believes that using personalized technology facilitates student agency, putting students in control of their own learning. We also believe that technological proficiency is another form of multilingualism and that 21st Century students must master digital literacy in order to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce. Technology at DCI meets our environmental (paperless education), social justice (access for all), and academic (students will be able to progress at higher levels through the curriculum) goals.

DCI is a 1:1 technology school. Each student receives their own Chromebook that they use during class, after school, over the weekend, and over breaks. This constant access to learning allows students to become more proficient at typing and familiar with new devices and applications.  

We realize that not all students in the District have access to internet in their homes, so we have partnered with Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program. This allows qualifying families to receive a home internet connection at a reduced rate of $9.95 per month and the opportunity to buy a home computer for $149 with free internet training.

For the duration of the students’ learning career at DCI, the Chromebooks are in their possession, allowing students to learn anytime and anywhere there is an Internet connection. They are able to work with each other, connect with their international partners/homestay friends, and access their teachers and coursework beyond the school day. Students will learn about technology and its application firsthand.

Our 1:1 technology program results in:

  • improved student agency
  • improved equity of access to technology
  • reduced paper waste and carbon footprint
  • increased student engagement
  • increased opportunities for acceleration or remediation
  • varied instructional formats
  • improved home/school communication and connections
  • more collaborative and cooperative learning
  • preparation for postsecondary education and employment environments