Faculty/Student Relationship

With an average class size of 24 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 12:1, faculty builds connections with students that help guide, motivate, and inspire learning. Actively working toward establishing strong, engaging relationships with students, the faculty seeks daily to maximize the intellectual abilities of each young woman, along with encouraging her growth as a whole person. Faculty works together on behalf of each student to create one of the most innovative and dynamic approaches to whole-person education for high school girls anywhere in the U.S.

The DSHA faculty encourages and advocates for students by balancing the high expectations of an outstanding, rigorous curriculum, with positive reinforcement upon progress in the pursuit of excellence – even when that excellence lies outside of the classroom. You will often find students choosing to work in their favorite teacher’s classroom during a study hour, or faculty asking how a volleyball game or robotics match went the day before.

In addition, the DSHA faculty is an established group of experts in their field, with over 800 years of teaching experience combined, and 87% with or working toward a master’s degree, serving as an example of the life-long learning they encourage in the young women of DSHA.

Tom Montgomery | Social Studies and Specialized Studies Faculty | Varsity Softball Coach | at DSHA since 2009

DSHA is not just a high school but a community of learners and believers, which presents an opportunity to develop meaningful interpersonal relationships. As educators, this enables us to reach each one of our students on a personal level, which not only creates more meaningful learning experiences, but a positive community atmosphere as well.

Libby Wissing, DSHA ’10 | Mathematics and Specialized Studies Faculty| Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field Coach | at DSHA since 2014

Before class my students and I are often chatting about whatever is on their mind that morning, but once the bell rings, they quickly narrow their focus to mathematics. It’s this ability to move fluidly from discussing various off-topics such as roller blading or new music to deep Calculus concepts, such as integration by parts, that is most unique to the faculty/student relationship at DSHA.

Grace, Class of 2022

"DSHA teachers stand out because they truly care about each student’s success, beyond memorizing for tomorrow's quiz. They make sure that students not only understand each lesson, but know how to apply the concepts, which is something we will all need to use in college."

Lauren, Class of 2022

"I like that the teachers are really open and let you ask questions – they genuinely want to help and they love thir job – we can tell! If I have a problem I have no reservations about going in and asking for help. It’s so easy to talk to teachers here. From yesterday's game to tomorrow's homework, they are always here for us as teachers and mentors as we navigate high school." 

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