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THE GOAL AT DELMARVA CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS IS TO BE INTENTIONALLY AND FULLY CHRISTIAN IN OUR CURRICULUM WHILE WE HELP DEVELOP THE ENTIRE STUDENT, MIND, BODY, AND SOUL. 

Spiritually

The purpose of Delmarva Christian Schools is to provide a quality education with a Christ-centered focus. Our mission is to proclaim the gospel by preparing students spiritually, academically, and physically to know and do God’s will in their lives.

CHAPEL AND COMMUNITY GROUPS

Chapel services are held every Wednesday for DCMC students with two services a month reserved for Community Group meetings for students in grades 6 through 8. Chapel services consist of a guest speaker who delivers a message to the entire student body whereas Community Groups are comprised of a teacher-leader and either all-male or all-female student members. Centered on topics relevant for their age, Community Group meetings enable students to grow their biblical worldview as they ponder questions around biblical truths and discuss how to apply these truths to their everyday lives. Time is also devoted to prayer and building meaningful relationships that promote peer accountability and discipleship.

SERVICE LEADERSHIP

Middle school students are given the opportunity to put service and leadership into action. Students learn the value of serving others by working in different areas of the school. They interact with staff and younger students giving them the chance to develop leadership skills.

BIBLICAL INTEGRATION

Our intentionality is to integrate opportunities at all levels to cultivate critical thinking, regardless of the stage of academic development. An important method in accomplishing this is requiring students to give presentations addressing different perspectives, all with the goal of discovering and testifying to God’s truth.

Academically

At the heart of our academics is the belief that each student has strengths and passions that need to be nurtured in order to know and do God’s call upon his/her life. And so, our teachers use our academic program to provide unique and cross-curricular experiences.

Program of Study

DCMC utilizes a hybrid-classical approach designed by the DCS teachers. Research shows a strong correspondence between early ages and the need for memorization and skills-based learning (pre-grammar and grammar stages, grades PreK through grade 6). As children mature, they naturally begin to ask “why” and desire to see the patterns in the world around them as opportunities to test many of those building blocks previously taught (logic stage, grades 7-8).

KINDERGARTEN TO SECOND GRADE
During what is considered the pre-grammar stage (3-8 years old), students are enthusiastic learners who especially enjoy games, stories, and hands-on activities. They also enjoy learning through song and recitation, as well as being on their feet and active. With a hybrid-classical focus, DCMC intentionally captures this excitement and energy by strategically teaching within the characteristics these young learners exhibit most readily.

THIRD THROUGH SIXTH GRADE
During what is considered the grammar stage (8-12 years old), facts become real to students. Students begin to discover ways to analyze and explain the world around them which is evident in their need to talk and share these new concepts with others. In this stage, they also start seeing themselves as part of the world, and they begin to relate their own experiences to discussion topics. These ages also enjoy memorizing, clever word-play poetry, collecting and organizing.

SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE
While we do consider our middle school to be the entirety of 6th through 8th grades, from a “pre-grammar, grammar, logic” standpoint, research shows the ages are more typically broken down such that 7th through 8th grade are more commonly in the “logic stage.”

During what is considered the logic stage (12-14 years old), students like to judge, debate, and critique and they especially like to demonstrate their knowledge. Logic learners also want to know “why” in a much deeper way than during earlier years, and they thirst to know the “behind-the-scenes” facts. Seventh and eighth graders are afforded opportunities throughout the year to embrace their logic stage through lively debates, persuasive oral and written reports, dramatic reenactments, and collaborative group work.

Academic Highlights

MATH AND LANGUAGE ARTS ALIGNMENT
Math and Language Arts classes for students in grades three (3) through five (5) are aligned in the morning, allowing students to be in the room and environment that is most appropriate for where they are in the continuum of these subjects.

MATH MEGA BLOCK
The Math Mega Bock is a multi-grade class composed of courses of Math Apps I, Math Apps II, Algebra I, and Geometry for students in grades six (6) through eight (8). This class allows students to work in the area of math based on their skill development and not their grade level. In this model, students have the opportunity to collaborate in a group setting as well as work independently to learn, review, practice concepts, and explore various applications of math in the everyday world.

LIBRARY
The school library is a resource for all classes. For students in kindergarten through fifth grade, the expectation is for students to use the library on a weekly basis to read and check-out books. Students in grades six (6) through eight (8) primarily use the library’s mobile computer lab for independent research.

TECHNOLOGY WITH A PURPOSE
Computer technology is available for all students. Students in kindergarten through second grade use computers as a resource at the teacher’s discretion. Students in grades three (3) through five (5) meet for scheduled weekly computer classes where the technology is used to provide classroom support. Students in grades six (6) through eight (8) use computer technology for cross-curricular, project-based learning. In addition to typing and word processing programs, students are also introduced to design software.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
In support of the hybrid-classical curriculum, students in kindergarten through 6th grade enjoy weekly Spanish classes which encourage their natural love for learning and language.

SPECIALS
Endeavoring to develop the whole person, students in all grades have opportunities to participate in the arts, music, and physical education.

Art
In Art, the younger students are introduced to art concepts, techniques, and tools as well as begin developing fine motor skills. Older students progress by learning the practical application of art and design, and how to apply creative processes as they approach projects. Students are also introduced to digital design as well are exposed to art history and artistic styles.

Culinary Arts
In Culinary Arts, middle school students become familiar with the basics of cooking, baking, and general kitchen etiquette under the supervision of our culinary team. Their wares are also serves at numerous school events, and are often used to bless local veterans’ homes and the like.

Music
Starting with learning rhythmic principles such as melodic patterns and pitch in kindergarten, students progress to critiquing and evaluating music and musical performances, composing instrumental pieces, and singing in a choral group in the 8th-grade Music class.

Physical Education
The Physical Education program is designed to instruct the student in basic motor skills, develop coordination and perception, organize game playing, encourage teamwork, and teach nutrition and fitness all in providing a venue for teaching godly character.

TESTING
Students are tested annually using the Iowa Assessments. This tool monitors student achievement and provides valuable feedback to teachers, parents, and students. Students do not participate in any State testing.

Physically

To be physically prepared requires training. Not unlike the soldier who trains in order to be ready when called, our students also train to be physically prepared. They strengthen their bodies through fitness and exercise, and they strengthen their character through service and faith-based activities.

BLACK ROCK MIDDLE SCHOOL RETREAT

In what has become a DCMC tradition, the annual Black Rock Retreat in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, provides students in grades 6 through 8 the opportunity to come together as a community and focus on developing what it means to be a DCS Royal who lives a life of character and faith. During the two- to three-day off-campus retreat, students engage in teambuilding and faith-filled activities and embark in times of reflection and growth.

SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

Opportunities abound for students to look beyond themselves and participate in projects of service. Following the words of the Apostle Peter (1 Peter 4:;10) to the churches of Asia Minor, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms,” so too are the DCMC students challenged. Whether embarking in a beach clean-up program, adopting a family at Christmastime, distributing cookies to CHEER Center residents, or visiting the infirm at veteran and nursing homes, DCMC students can be found returning back to the community.

MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS

Annually, DCMC students present two Christ-centered musical programs during the school year; one at Christmastime and one in the Spring. Under the direction of nurturing and supportive teachers, students perform choral, instrumental, and theatrical/dramatic presentations to help them discern any God-given gifts and/or grow their gifts in this area of the arts.

FAMILY BBQ AND OPEN HOUSE

Delmarva Christian recognizes the privilege of partnering alongside parents in “training up a child in the way he should go.” To that end, just prior to the onset of the school year, DCMC holds a school-wide Family BBQ and Open House for families to meet their students’ teachers, visit the classrooms, and fellowship with the DCMC staff and other DCMC families. This very special event empowers parents and students to walk confidently and be well prepared for success at DCMC.

ATHLETICS

DCMC students in grades 6 through 8 are eligible to participate in structured, athletic sport teams at DCMC. Teams consist of at least one coach and participate in scheduled play with other schools in the region.

Our Campus

Delmarva Christian Schools Milton Campus (DCMC), located in Milton, Delaware–between Milford and the Lewes/Rehoboth Beach area– serves students in PreKindergarten through 8th grade. The campus includes over 34 classrooms, a computer lab, large cafeteria, playground, gymnasium, and recreation facility.