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.