DCS is committed to enabling students to fully develop their ability and willingness to communicate in and comprehend written and spoken languages. All Expeditionary Learning projects and expeditions will require literacy skills: extensive reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing.
Core materials will include a research-based reading program, supplemented with trade books and intervention programs.
Students at DCS will have one hour daily of dedicated instructional time. In addition, there will be many natural applications for mathematics in learning expeditions when students will be able to measure, weigh, sort, calculate, construct, compute and analyze.
The key social studies concepts -belief systems, citizenship, conflict, choice, culture, diversity, empathy, identity, interdependence, imperialism, movements of peoples and goods, scarcity, nationalism and urbanization- will find natural and authentic inclusion in the topics selected for learning expeditions.
Science at DCS will be implemented through student learning experiences of exploration and discovery. Instruction will be inquiry-based and emphasize real-world, hands-on application of learning. Science instruction will be interdisciplinary and integrated into learning expeditions.