Deep Creek Middle School


Deep Creek Middle School

Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) is an independent school for Bahamian students in grades seven through nine located on the southern end of the island of Eleuthera.

Founded in 2001, with the goal of increasing access to alternative education methods, DCMS offers an experiential approach to the Bahamian curriculum. It is fully endorsed and recognized by the Bahamian Ministry of Education.

DCMS receives funding from Cape Eleuthera Foundation, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide place-based education, scientific research, and community leadership in order to create a more livable future on Eleuthera and throughout the world. DCMS works closely with The Island School and the Cape Eleuthera Institute to offer students and staff a unique experience that connects them more intimately with their environment and on-going efforts for sustainable development and environmental stewardship in South Eleuthera.


Dear Deep Creek Middle School Community,

DCMS continues to deliver a vibrant academic program in math, science, social studies, English, health, religious studies, and art based on the Bahamian National Curriculum. Our experiential place-based approach towards education allows us to reach beyond the classroom walls into the outdoor beauty of Eleuthera. With a target enrollment of 45 students and as many as 11 different Eleutheran settlements represented in the student body, DCMS offers a unique and nurturing educational environment.

This year we will continue our focus on wellness through the health and PE programs. You will notice an emphasis on physical literacy with students working toward personal goals culminating in physical challenges of their choosing. This model supports the Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations.  Three of the seventeen goals pertain to healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages. They describe well-being as physical, mental and social well-being. At DCMS we know that the well-being of our students is essential if they are to be ready to learn and to find success in school.

Throughout the year several additional opportunities for growth, citizenship and leadership are offered. We have merged the DCMS advisories with the Island School advisories to be the foundation of our Buddy Program. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for lasting relationships that recognize and value differences and similarities. Mutual respect is fostered and a global perspective is nurtured through open lines of communication, compromise, and collaboration. During our time together, we explore our sense of place, share our settlements and enjoy each other's company by building friendships.

Each week at DCMS there is a dedicated time for community outreach. We believe strongly that learning to give back to one's community is an important component of leadership and citizen development. Outreach is delivered through our three clubs and each student is involved in a club. Outreach clubs are a time for students to learn about their responsibilities to the greater community, to be agents of change and to practice becoming compassionate leaders.

Be sure to come by and visit the campus. Our student Caciques will give you a tour, discuss you the new initiatives for this year and answer your questions about DCMS.


Katie Bauer
DCMS Principal




Our Vision

Our vision is to educate the future leaders of The Bahamas by providing learning experiences, in and out of the classroom, that teach responsible citizenship, provide authentic opportunities for leadership and allow students to grow academically.

Our Mission

The mission of DCMS is to create a nurturing learning environment where students will not only learn the subject matter from The Bahamian national curriculum, but focus on developing key academic and personal skills. Our curriculum and programs are designed to support the acquisition of these skills:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills: Students will be able to gather and evaluate information to make decisions and innovate solutions.
  • Interpersonal and intrapersonal skills: Students will be able to understand and synthesize information in order to communicate ideas effectively.
  • Communication skills: Students will be able to recognize and value differences in order to compromise, collaborate and cooperate.

Expectations of Our Nurturing Community





A Unique Educational Opportunity

  • A small, nurturing community of approximately 45 students.
  • Mixed grade level advisories of one teacher to 7 students meets once a week.
  • Target class size of 15 students.
  • An innovative and rigorous curriculum focused on academic growth, responsible citizenship and leadership.
  • BJC preparation, character development and exploration integral to the program.
  • Experiential and place-based approach where students apply academics to real-world tasks and work beyond the classroom walls.
  • Partnerships with The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute.
  • SCUBA certification for Grade 9 students. Religious Studies for Grade 8 students. Study Skills for Grade 7 students.
  • Physical literacy, Junior Junkanoo, community service and other extracurricular activities.
  • Small group tutoring and homework support available.
  • Assistance with boarding school applications: many DCMS alumni have been accepted to boarding schools in the United States earning millions in scholarships for their secondary education.
  • Support with high school internships, college applications and scholarships.
  • International travel opportunities and summer camp scholarships.

Admission Timeline

Applications for 2018 - 2019 will be available in January 19, 2018. 

Applications due: Friday, April 13, 2018

Admissions Day and Interviews: Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon

Acceptance Letters Available: Monday,May 14, 2018

New Parents Meeting: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Admissions Procedure

You must submit an application package that includes: student essays, most recent student report card, and a teacher recommendation. If your application is incomplete, you cannot be considered. It is your responsibility to make sure that the report card and teacher or principal recommendation are delivered on time.

Students will be evaluated based on their application essay, parent-principal interview, teacher recommendation and performance during Admissions Day. A writing sample, reading assessment and math assessment will take place on the Admissions Day.  We are looking to build a cohesive and diverse class of students who are a good match for our school’s mission.

Parents must schedule and come in for a parent-principal interview between the beginning of February and Mid-April. Please call the school to schedule a time. Your child's application cannot be considered without the parent interview.

All newly accepted students are required to attend a six day summer orientation program during the end of August. Please do not make any holiday arrangements during this time, as your child must participate in this orientation.

Tuition and Financial Aid

DCMS is committed to finding a way for all students to attend our school. All students receive scholarships from our generous donors and we ask families to support DCMS tuition according to their ability to pay.





Mrs. Katie Bauer
Principal & Director of Education

Katie Bauer is a veteran middle school educator with over 30 years of experience in education. She received national recognition as a Milken Family Foundation awardee and is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. She holds a Bachelors in Art in Art History from Oberlin College and a Masters in Education from the University of Maine focused on literacy and science instruction. Originally from Chicago, she moved to Maine in 1982 to work at the Hurricane Outward Bound School and acquired her Coast Guard license.  Mrs. Bauer has taught 3rd - 8th grade and specialized in math, science and intervention. In 2013 she had an opportunity to visit Eleuthera for the first time and created an exchange between the DCMS grade 8 and a group of Maine 7th graders. From that experience her love of DCMS was established.

Mrs. Bauer knows that essential to good teaching are compassion and passion – compassion for where people are in their lives and passion for the art of teaching. She believes in fairness and opportunities for young people to redefine their script through personal growth and discovery. Finding your best self and becoming a leader requires stretching out of your comfort zone and taking time to reflect. She knows that guiding children to become thoughtful compassionate citizens who treat each other and the world with care, takes humor, engagement, patience and dedication.

She is delighted to be entering her third year as Principal of DCMS and the Director of Education at the Cape Eleuthera Island School. She and her husband, Chip, reside on Cape Eleuthera.



Ms. Nikki Elliot
Assistant Principal

Originally from a small town outside Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ms. Elliott, joined the Deep Creek Middle School team in 2014 and is eager to be part of the crew again. In 2008, Ms. Elliott received a degree in Integrated Science from Grand Valley State University with a minor in elementary education. During her first year teaching in Michigan, she joined Groundswell, an organization devoted to hands-on environmental learning. For the next five years, Ms. Elliott worked to integrate environmental, place-based education into traditional middle school classrooms. She has attended numerous workshops, completing hundreds of hours of professional development related to place-based education, environmental education, and service learning. She is grateful to have found the island of Eleuthera and DCMS: two perfect places to apply her skills and to immerse her students in their education. When Ms. Elliott is not teaching, she is taking photos, on her yoga mat, reading, going on Eleutheran adventures, or trying her best to make tasty Thai dishes.



Mr. Micah Conkling
Social Studies & SCUBA

Micah Conkling is grateful to return for the 2017-18 school year. Before joining DCMS in 2016, Mr. Conkling taught in the U.S. in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in Maine (where he’s from), working with the greatest interest in classrooms that explore how young people and adults can collaboratively create the world they want to live in. He owes much to his mentors in New Orleans, especially at Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, who introduced him to student-driven education philosophies. Mr. Conkling has a B.A. in Sociology from Boston College, and helps run the Grade 9’s SCUBA program and the EcoClub.



Ms. Sophia Smith

Sophia L. Smith is a Nassuvian that fell in love with Eleuthera and DCMS while on Teaching Practice. She holds a Bachelor’s of Education degree in Secondary Education English and Literature from The College of the Bahamas. She is returning for her fourth year as our English teacher.  Ms. Smith's passion is indeed in the classroom where she is able to connect, relate, encourage and train her students. She is enthused to have a hands-on approach to cultivating the future leaders of The Bahamas. She is very passionate about literacy and pushes students to become avid readers. She resides with her husband, daughter, and sister in Deep Creek.



Ms. Jennie Parks
Math G8 & G9 & Religious Knowledge G8

Jennie Parks, originally from Fort Worth, Texas, is starting her fifth year teaching in the Bahamas and her twelfth year of teaching overall.  She is thrilled to be starting another year with the DCMS team. Ms. Parks received her Bachelor of Science in education from LeTourneau University, a small Christian university in east Texas. Having passion for students achieving their best and becoming problem solvers gives Ms. Parks a strong dedication to each student in her classroom. During her down time, she is reading, crocheting, snorkeling, or singing! 


Ms. Phillipa Carey
Health/Wellness & Skills G7

Philippa Carey, originally from Nassau, New Providence, is excited to join the DCMS community this year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare and Society from the University of Richmond in Virginia and recently completed a Master’s of Science in Global Health and Development at University College London. She has a passion for helping students become responsible citizens and learn to make the best choices for both personal and community wellness. Ms. Carey also helps run the DCMS Wellness Club and Open Learning Center. When she’s not in the classroom, she is reading a good book, rediscovering her roots in Tarpum Bay and biking around enjoying the natural beauty of the island.



Mrs. Marcela Carroll
Science & Spanish

Mrs. Marcela Carroll is thrilled to start her first year as the Science and Spanish teacher at DCMS. Before moving to South Eleuthera with her family, she lived in Vermont, Florida and Colorado. Mrs. Carroll is originally from Bogota, Colombia, but moved to Florida to complete high school and university, finishing with a B.S in Biology from Florida International University. As a young professional, Mrs. Carroll worked for various wildlife conservation organizations, raising Atlantic Salmon for restoration projects and tending to injured raptors at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science.  It was during that time that she decided to pursue a teaching career, earning her teaching degree in 2008. She has earned teaching endorsements in Science and Spanish, and has been a classroom teacher to hundreds of students throughout the K-12 levels.  Mrs. Carroll is very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the DCMS staff. She can’t wait to share her passion for teaching and living lightly with the staff, students, and families of Deep Creek Middle School. Mrs. Carroll lives on Cape Eleuthera and loves spending time with her family in the water, on down island trips, and on critter hunts at night.  


Ms. Phoebe Hannah
Math G7  & Art

Phoebe Hannah recently uprooted her life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to return to the island she fell in love with a few years ago. After completing her teaching practice at Central Eleuthera High School last year, Ms. Hannah knew she would be drawn back to Eleuthera’s friendly community, caring citizens, and luring ocean. With Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades and Special Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Hannah intends to focus on giving extra support to various types of learners throughout her time at DCMS as well as teaching art for grades 7 through 9 and math for grade 7. With a goal of being able to reach every student, Ms. Hannah has a passion for helping students discover their potential and make steps to getting there.

When she is not teaching, you can find Ms. Hannah exploring Eleuthera, taking photographs, playing with Potcakes, and collecting driftwood and sea glass from her favorite beaches.

Mrs. Lisa Schmitt
Secondary Placement Support

Lisa Schmitt is celebrating her 21st year in education. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, she had the privilege and good fortune of helping young adults connect with their creative spirit as an art teacher for 10 years at Northfield Mount Hermon School. She has since enjoyed working at a wide range of independent schools and gained a broad educational perspective. In particular, her work in the Admissions Office at a prep school in California allowed her to gain fluency in the high school admissions process. Her experience with policies and financial aid structure, as well as her close work with the Director of Communications, now helps inform her as she assists DCMS families applying to US boarding schools.

Mrs. Schmitt is enjoying her fifth year with CEIS where she started as a member of the faculty at The Island School as the Environmental Art teacher and New Faculty Mentor. She transitioned to the middle school as the assistant principal for a year and a half and is now returning to her artwork. Her time at DCMS invigorated her love of teaching and guiding young people as they embrace their educational journey. She believes that learning never ends and that opportunities to grow are available every day.

Mrs. Schmitt lives on Cape Eleuthera with her husband, who is a faculty member at The Island School, and their two children. A global citizen, Mrs. Schmitt has resided in 3 different countries and 8 different US states, but most often visits family in New England. She enjoys painting, sculpture, swimming, yoga, SCUBA, and, of course, travel.


Ms. Rashida Sweeting
Administrative Assistant

Rashida Sweeting is a native of Water Ford, Eleuthera. She attended Wemyss Bight Primary and Preston H. Albury High School. Before DCMS, Ms. Sweeting worked as a special education teacher with Exceptional Education Outreach and as a tour guide at Princess Cays. She has a passion for children and Bahamian culture, and is so excited to be working at DCMS.



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