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, and Algebra I 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 the Math Mega Block 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.
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.
In support of the hybrid-classical curriculum, elementary students enjoy weekly Spanish classes which encourage their natural love for learning and language. Middle school student also learn Spanish in preparation for high school foreign language classes.
Endeavoring to develop the whole person, students in all grades have opportunities to participate in the arts, music, and physical education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DCMC students in kindergarten through 7th grade are assessed annually using the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS). These set of exams are designed to assess the abilities in the areas of language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies. DCMC 8th-grade students are tested annually with the College Board PSAT.