Reading and Language Arts

DCS is committed to enabling students to fully develop their ability and willingness to communicate in and comprehend written and spoken languages. All Expeditionary Learning projects and expeditions will require literacy skills: extensive reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing.
Core materials will include a research-based reading program, supplemented with trade books and intervention programs.


Students at DCS will have one hour daily of dedicated instructional time. In addition, there will be many natural applications for mathematics in learning expeditions when students will be able to measure, weigh, sort, calculate, construct, compute and analyze.

Social Studies

The key social studies concepts -belief systems, citizenship, conflict, choice, culture, diversity, empathy, identity, interdependence, imperialism, movements of peoples and goods, scarcity, nationalism and urbanization- will find natural and authentic inclusion in the topics selected for learning expeditions.


Science at DCS will be implemented through student learning experiences of exploration and discovery. Instruction will be inquiry-based and emphasize real-world, hands-on application of learning. Science instruction will be interdisciplinary and integrated into learning expeditions.

Class size and teachers

  • Each grade level will have 40 students and two classrooms per grade level, each with a certified teacher, shared teaching assistant and access to several specialists teachers on staff.
  • Services to meet individual needs of students, including Special Education and English as a Second Language programs.
  • Both the school year and each school day will be longer than found in other public schools.

DCS Classroom


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