At the Milton campus, the school day begins with what has become known as the school’s Classical Start. Adopted from foundational learning methods found in the classical education model, the entire DCMC student body assembles together for the first ten to fifteen minutes every morning for corporate lessons and recitations. This intentional period of time unifies the students with an academic focus setting the tone for the remainder of the day.¬†Whether the students are reciting pledges, a set of Scripture, math facts, and/or foreign language vocabulary, the “Classical Start” provides a time that not only helps students transition to an academic mindset but it also develops and strengthens their memory skills.

While 5th- through 8th-grade students meet in the gymnasium, students in PreK through 5th grade gather in the cafeteria for the day’s Classical Start. On this particular day after the elementary students said their pledges and recited Jeremiah 29:11-13 using American Sign Language, DCMC second-grade teacher Mrs. Jennifer Burton led them through a recitation of the names and characteristics of the planets.