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.

Academics

THE GOAL OF OUR ACADEMIC PROGRAM IS TO BE INTENTIONALLY AND FULLY CHRISTIAN IN OUR CURRICULUM WHILE WE HELP DEVELOP THE ENTIRE STUDENT, MIND, BODY, AND SOUL. 

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.

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. This is known as the Grammar Stage and is the focus for Kindergarten through grade 5. As children mature, they naturally begin to ask “why” and desire to see the pattern of the world around them as opportunities to test many of those building blocks previously taught. This is known as the Logic Stage and is the focus for grades 6-8.

Our intentionality is to integrate opportunities at all levels to cultivate critical thinking, regardless of the stage of 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.

Program of Study

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. Kindergarten to second grade is a time filled with in-class adventures and hands-on projects like making butter, meeting firemen, learning about police dogs, discovering science through experimentation, and learning about our country through story and song.

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.

Third through sixth graders truly embrace hands-on projects, as evident by the fourth grade “bug project,” which creates school-wide anticipation. Third graders get in on the fun each year with their “edible animal cells,” another favorite for the students and teachers alike. Fifth graders have the opportunity to research and make a presentation focusing on one of the 50 States while dressed as their favorite historical figure from their chosen State. Sixth graders get into the act by joining culinary and choir, and embarking on their first Black Rock Science Retreat.

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 are still excited to learn, but they require new forms of challenge to remain enthusiastically engaged. This age prefers 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. This age also begins the time of challenging teachers and peers to prove their facts and figures which often leads to tremendous opportunities and growth in character development.

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. They also enjoy a deeply engaging retreat to Black Rock for science, they come together for several in-school service experiences, and they work collaboratively with K-5 teachers sharing their knowledge in the younger classrooms.

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, 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.

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, 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.

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.

ANNUAL ASSESSMENTS
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.

Spiritual Enrichment

CHAPEL AND COMMUNITY GROUPS
Chapel services are held on Wednesdays with Kindergarten through 5th-grade students attending every week and middle school students (grades 6 through 8) participating in Community Groups twice a month reserving the remaining Wednesdays for Chapel.

The purpose of Community Groups is to grow the biblical worldview of our middle school students. This is accomplished by first dividing the students into smaller group settings that consist of either all-male or all-female members. Centered on topics relevant to the students’ age, a teacher leader assists students as they ponder questions around biblical truths and discuss ways to apply these truths in everyday life. Time is also devoted to prayer, building meaningful relationships, promoting peer accountability, and encouraging discipleship among the students.

Physical Enrichment

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.