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.

In grades K-8, DCS is currently in transition from Bob Jones curriculum to a hybrid-classical approach designed by DCS teachers. Research shows strong correspondence between early ages and the need for memorization and skills-based learning (grammar stage, grades K-5). As children mature, they naturally begin to ask “why” and desire to see the patterns in the world around them as opportunities to test many of those building blocks previously taught (logic stage, grades 6-8).

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

Curriculum Overview

Kindergarten

Students will learn letter names and sounds to learn how to read. Students will learn math concepts like counting, geometry, adding, subtracting, and place value. Students will be introduced to basic science concepts through hands-on activities. In social studies, students will learn about the community and the world. Each week, students will hear exciting stories from the Bible and memorize scriptures.

First Grade

Information being updated for the 2016-2017 school year.

Second Grade

In Bible, students will study Moses with a focus on life applications. Math will begin with simple facts and end with introducing multiplication the later part of the year as well as applying math to everyday situations.  English will be a combination of grammar and creative writing.  Reading comprehension is emphasized and cursive writing is taught during the second semester.  Heritage Studies and Science are each taught for one semester.

Third Grade

Students will continue to build upon the skills learned in previous grades, while expanding on new concepts. In Language Arts, students will build comprehension skills in longer stories. Students will explore the growth and expansion of America in Social Studies, starting with the writing of the Constitution to the Civil War. Science works through all parts of the universe, big and small, the study of cells provides a glimpse inside ourselves to the study of the galaxy that gives us a glimpse to the world. Students will tackle fractions, geometry, long multiplication and division in Math. Bible and biblical principles are included in every subject area, but students have the opportunity to focus on the fathers of our faith like Joseph and Daniel.

 

Fourth Grade

Information being updated for the 2016-2017 school year.

Fifth Grade

Information being updated for the 2016-2017 school year.

Sixth Grade History

Students will study Ancient Civilization from creation to AD 1500 and learn about the land, people, cultures, and the influences on religion today. Students will learn to distinguish between Biblical Truth and the many religious civilizations that have formed throughout history, all for the purpose of being able to identify Truth and discover how God has worked to glorify Himself and bring salvation to man through His redemptive plan.

Seventh Grade History

Students will study world geography, trace the course of civilization, learn about various cultures and religions, and examine the growth of Christianity and its impact on the world.

Eighth Grade History

Students will study American History from the beginning of the “New World” through the reconstruction period. Current events happening around the world are also be viewed and discussed.

Middle School Bible

Students will participate in weekly discussions and activities developed around key Bible verses and correlating Old and New Testament lessons that focus on the core beliefs, practices, and virtues of a Christian life.  

Middle School English

Students in grades 6-8 English classes will refine their grammar skills, learn to write a strong five-paragraph essay in proper MLA format, be able to identify the parts of a short story and literary devices, study Greek and Latin roots and academic vocabulary, and improve their reading comprehension skills.

Middle School Science

Students will build on the foundational science concepts already established and introduce new and more complex concepts to better understand the world our God has created. Students will delve into these concepts and discover how an understanding of science also helps further understand the God who made it, to better use science for His glory.

Curriculum Features

Math & Language Arts Alignment

Math and Language Arts classes for students in grades three through five 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

Math Mega Block is a multigrade class composed of Math Apps I, Math Apps II, and Algebra I for students in grades six through eight. This class allows students to work in the area of math based upon their skill development and not necessarily their grade level. In this setup, 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.

 

Technology/Media

Library

The library is used as 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 through eight primarily use the library’s mobile computer lab for independent research.

Computer

Kindergarten – Grade 2​
Students in kindergarten through second grade do not take a formal, graded computer class. Instead, computers are a resource, used at the discretion of the teacher.

Grades 3-5​
Students in third through fifth grade meet for a scheduled computer class weekly. Technology comes into play more as a classroom support.

Grades 6-8
For middle-school students, technology is used for cross-curricular, project-based learning. In addition to typing and word processing programs, design software is also introduced.

Music

Kindergarten – Grade 2​
Students will be learning rhythmic principles such as melodic patterns and pitch. Students will also be learning how to imitate those principles back on percussion instruments and be introduced to the standard notation symbols (quarter notes, rests, treble clef, etc.). Through the study of rhythmic principles and standard notation, the students will be introduced to many different genres of  music that will be applied in later grades.

Grades 3-5
Students will be taking the knowledge of standard notation that they learned in their earlier elementary classes and will learn to understand and read those notes. They will apply that knowledge by learning how to play instruments such as the recorder and the guitar. They will also be introduced to the skills and terminology needed to evaluate music and musical performances.

Grades 6-8
In middle school, students will take the skills and terminology learned in 3-5 grade and learn how to effectively critique and evaluate music and musical performances. These performances will include film scores, symphonic pieces, classical compositions, and much more. They will take this knowledge and apply it by composing their own self-compositions on an instrument of their choice (drums, guitar, vocal, etc). They will also learn how to sing in a group with different vocal parts represented.

Art

Kindergarten – Grade 4​
Introduction to art concepts, techniques and tools, focusing on building fine motor skills through repetition while creating excitement and interest in arts and crafts. Art lessons are multi-cultural and are inspired from art around the world.

Grades 5-8
Students will learn a practical application of art and design, learn to apply the creative process to approach projects, apply elements of art and an introduction to digital design. Students will be exposed to art history and various artist styles.

Physical Education

The Physical Education curriculum at DCMC is designed to instruct the student in basic motor skills, development of coordination and perception, organized game playing, teamwork, nutrition concepts, and fitness. Physical Education provides a venue for teaching Godly character: working as a member of a team, encouraging others, being a good sport and doing one’s best to the glory of God.

Kindergarten – Grade 2​
Students will be taught basic locomotor skills, playground games, health concepts and encouraged to be active with their family and friends.

Grades 3-8
Students will be taught health concepts, life-time fitness activities, teamwork, role responsibility, game creation, trust-building, and sports and activities they can teach their family and friends.