With an average class size of 24 and a teacher to student ratio of 13 to 1, the faculty builds relationships 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 a 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 700 years of teaching experience combined, and 45% 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.
Laura, Class of 2019
"I like that the teachers are really open and let you ask questions – they genuinely want to help and they like being at their 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. They’re never judgmental, always welcoming and friendly."
Tom Montgomery | Social 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.