Develop academic potential and talents


Graduates of Developing Virtue Secondary School have explored and developed their individual academic potential and talents in the humanities, sciences or arts. Have developed an enthusiasm for the pursuit of knowledge. Are prepared for success in college. Have the ability to think and write critically and analytically. Have developed their individual creative potential in thinking, expression and problem solving.

Faculty & Class Size

The approximately 40 faculty members include monastic and lay members of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, as well as teachers and professionals from around the world, who create a stimulating learning environment through a blend of Western and Eastern teaching philosophies and methods. The average teaching experience of the faculty is 13.5 years with approximately 40% holding master’s degrees and 10% holding doctoral degrees. The student/teacher ratio is 2:1, and Developing Virtue School’s average class size is 12. Interaction between teacher and student does not stop in the classroom. Teachers work as coaches, sponsors for clubs, and advisors to students. And most live on campus.

Academic Competitions

DVSS students compete in various competitions yearly: Poetry Out Loud, Scholastics Arts and Writing, Northern Association Chinese Competition, Model United Nations, Mock Trial, American Mathematics Competition, Mendocino County Science Fair, and others.

The Mock Trial team competes at the county level. High school students participate yearly in the Mendocino County Poetry Out Loud, a collaborative effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the California Poets in the Schools. Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to memorize and perform poems, helping them to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. In the past years, DVSS students have won the competition at the county level and move on to the state competition later. The 2017 and 2018 Mendocino County winner and representative to the state finals: Denise Cao, Class of 2018.

Students may compete in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition yearly independently or as part of their curriculum and extra-curricular clubs and activities. In 2018, Maggie He (Class of 2018) was recognized as one of the national silver award winners in the poetry category for her winning poem titled: “10 Things I Know to Be True”

In the area of mathematics and science, DVSS students have also been recognized:

In the area of mathematics and science, DVSS students have also been recognized:

2015 Mendocino County Science Fair.
Leanna Duong (Class of 2017) – “Potato Powered LED” (Silver)
Chia-Yun (Klare) Hu and Guan Xiao (Grace) Yang (Class of 2016) – “Would Sound Waves
Promote the Freezing of Water?” (Silver)
Peizhu Qian (Class of 2016) – “Angle Analysis of Multiple-line Intersections” (Gold)

2016 Mendocino County Science Fair:
Peizhu Qian and Leanna Duong – “Analysis of the Impacts of Cultural Changes through
Interpretation of Hofstede’s cultural Dimension Theory” (Gold)

2018 Mendocino County Science Fair:
Elaine Wu — “Methods of Memorization” (Gold)


Overall, our students have scores that are 200-300 points above the national average.

Reading /
MathTotal Avg SAT
2016-2017 Class5425881294
Nation Avg5335271060
2017-2018 Class6546881342
Nation Avg5305201050


In the last 15 plus years, all graduates have gone on to college or university. Many go to community college and then continue to a four-year degree, others directly enter into a four-year institution. Some are accepted at prestigious universities, such as MIT, Princeton, Columbia, Northwestern, Univ. of Chicago, Stanford, Washington Univ., UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Swarthmore, Wellesley, Scripps, Smith and Bryn Mawr.

The spirit of commitment, volunteerism and respect for life, dedication to the community and citizenship which the school seeks to instill and develop, are found in the return over the years of many graduates to teach or volunteer at the school and community here, as well as in their involvement in grassroots and other organizations wherever they live. Many remain lifelong vegetarians that actively pursue religious and cultural interests.

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