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    Our Academics and Electives

    • We draw upon the expertise of our educators and work together to create models of outstanding achievement in every classroom. Through implementing high-quality instructional materials and transforming the academic culture in our schools, we challenge and inspire our students to thrive in the world. With a wide variety of academics and enrichment opportunities aligned with state standards, we support students in unlocking their potential as they extend their skills and talents beyond the classroom. Our core curriculum includes: 

      • Bilingual Education - We are committed to English Language Development for students beginning in early childhood by implementing English literacy instructional frameworks that prepare families to become independent readers and writers in English. 
      • English Language Arts - We are committed to nurturing and developing a strong literacy foundation for all students in the early school years by implementing literacy instructional frameworks that prepare students to become independent readers and writers. 
      • Math - The mathematics curriculum seeks to ensure mathematical competence and confidence in students in mathematics-rich classroom environments. 
      • Science - Classroom experiences in science are connected to real-world phenomena and provide opportunities to engage in science and engineering practices through exposure to STEM-related career pathways. 
      • Social Studies - Students gain the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and core democratic values necessary for fulling their civic duties in a participatory democracy and effectively engaging in our global society. 
  • ELA

     

    The EL curriculum offers either two or three hours of literacy instruction per day, depending on the grade level. The Grades K-2 curriculum offers two hours per day of content-based literacy, plus one hour of structured phonics. In conjunction with Module Lessons, explicit instruction is related to grammar, usage, mechanics, punctuation, and spelling. Together, these three hours of curriculum are considered comprehensive, meaning that they explicitly teach and formally assess all strands and standards of the Common Core English language arts (ELA) standards for each grade level.

    The Grades 3-5 curriculum offers two hours of content-based literacy instruction per day. In conjunction with Module Lessons, explicit instruction is related to grammar, usage, mechanics, and punctuation.

    Math

    In 2018, DPSCD adopted the Eureka Math Curriculum with the intention of helping our students shift from just finding the answers to actually understanding the why and how behind the mathematic processes.  Eureka Math uses sequenced modules to help students achieve a deeper understanding of concepts while developing strong critical thinking skills.  The program is a Common-Core aligned curriculum that helps students build upon their skills, provides real word stories and application lessons, and encourages mental strategies to problem solve. Grade level clusters have key focus areas and each grade level has specific modules of engagement. For information, please visit the DPSCD Math Curriculum Page.

    Kindergarten

    • Representing, relating, and operating on whole numbers, initially with sets of objects
    • Describing shapes and space.
    • Focus on number concepts

    Grade 1

    • developing understanding of addition, subtraction
    • strategies for addition and subtraction within 20
    • developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping in tens and ones
    • developing understanding of linear measurement and measuring lengths as iterating length units
    • reasoning about attributes of, and composing and decomposing geometric shapes.

    Grade 2

    • extending understanding of base-ten notation
    • building fluency with addition and subtraction
    • using standard units of measure
    • describing and analyzing shapes

    Grade 3

    • developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100
    • developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1
    • developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and area
    • describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes.

    Grade 4

    • developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication
    • developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends
    • developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators
    • multiplication of fractions by whole numbers
    • understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry.

    Grade 5

    • developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions
    • developing understanding of the multiplication of fractions and of division of fractions
    • extending division to two-digit divisors
    • integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths
    • developing fluency with whole number and decimal operations
    • developing understanding of volume

    Science

    DPSCD implements a Science Curriculum that provides students opportunities to predict, question, test, investigate, and draw scientific conclusions.  All instructional units are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and foster collaboration and engineering practice.

    K-2

    • Force
    • Weather
    • Plants and Animals 

    3rd Grade

    • Invisible Forces
    • Animals through Time
    • Plant Adventures/Power of Flowers
    • Stormy Skies

    4th Grade

    • Waves of sound
    • Human machine
    • Dynamic earth
    • Fire ecology

    5th Grade

    • Web of Life
    • Watery Planet
    • Dynamic Earth
    • Fire Ecology