WHAT CURRICULUM WILL BE USED AT DCA? DCA will use a variety of methods/curriculum to offer an academically challenging and Godly perspective across the core areas of Math, Science, Reading, Language Arts, Character Development/Bible, & Social Studies. DCA will work to coordinate extracurricular opportunities in Art, Music, P.E., Spanish, Computer, etc. through the use of parent and community volunteers; and/or by offering additional lessons onsite from private piano, guitar, or art teachers. We are also looking to add a "Fun Friday" this Fall where parents are able to participate in extra-curricular activities lead by parents and volunteers. If you are interested in helping to coordinate and/or volunteer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The general overview of our curriculum will have a classical education emphasis. Core subjects and specific curriculum to be used include: Bible: Bible is incorporated into everything we do at DCA. With a strong emphasis on prayer, accountability to parents, personal Bible reading, teaching students how to study the Bible for themselves, and our monthly character quality focus, we apply the Word of God into every situation and subject. Math: Elementary – Calvert; Middle/High School – Teaching Textbooks
Phonics/Reading: K-1st Primary Phonics and early reading books chosen by teacher; Elementary through High School will have a strong emphasis on literature- rich reading materials accompanied by study guides and individual teacher assignments. DCA has literature lists for each grade level that is given to each student upon entering DCA. Students are expected to read daily from their literature selections; book reports and presentations are a regular part of our DCA lesson days. Spelling/Grammar/Writing/Vocabulary– Analytical Grammar (Middle School), Easy Grammar (Elementary), Writing Strands, IEW, etc. (all grades) Science: Apologia Science with hands-on science experiments History: Story of the World & Social Studies projects (K-2), Mystery of History (3-5) Notgrass American & World History Curriculum (6-12); use of historical fiction novels to make history come alive Upper grades – We have two different tracts for DCA high schoolers to choose from - Career bound or College bound. Each course is focused on the individual and their interests while completing the requirements/credits for graduation, as well as Bright Futures, etc (if applicable).
By 10th grade focus will be geared on identifying and researching individual career interests and creating programs catered towards these fields of study; DCA plans to develop a job shadowing program for real-life experiences in junior & senior years; DCA has an articulate agreements with Florida Virtual School and, if a student plans to dual enroll, we will assist you with the steps needed for that path. (NOTE: Student will have to keep their homeschool status to dual enroll for their free 2 years of college). (Note: Students must enroll at DCA by their 10th grade year to be awarded a high school diploma from Darby Christian Academy)