Students are presented with standards-based, grade level curriculum materials consistent with those found in traditional schools; however, the pacing and delivery of the materials more closely matches their individual learning styles. Materials and technology resources are carefully researched, piloted and adopted to ensure that students have access to the most up-to-date, evidenced-based curriculum, technology, and assessment tools. In addition to providing a strong foundation of core knowledge and skills, one of the primary goals in our program design is to foster a passion for learning and the confidence necessary to maximize each student’s potential.
Emphasis on Learning Strategies
The emphasis placed on direct instruction of strategies and tools needed to master content is founded in the knowledge that students do not automatically acquire critical learning skills. Given that research indicates learning skills develop faster when taught explicitly with content, our teachers routinely incorporate opportunities to practice goal setting, time management, organization, self-regulation, and study skills throughout lessons and during the course of projects and long-term assignments. Critical thinking and problem-solving are embedded and practiced across the content areas with the goal of promoting a deeper understanding of the learning process and ultimately, a more meaningful, successful learning experience
Elective Class Are Essential
All students have daily electives that include the fine arts, performing arts, technology, and physical education. Based on research and our TDS philosophy, daily recess remains an essential part of our program.
We strive to achieve a balance between academics and enriching experiences. Field trips and themed days are incorporated to extend learning. In addition to experiences built into the school day, students may participate in a variety of volunteer activities, service learning projects, and student government.
Reduced Homework Hassles
To reduce the stress that often accompanies homework, we offer optional homework help for elementary aged students and a mandatory 45-minute homework lab for students in all grades. During these after-school sessions, teachers provide the necessary structure and support needed for successful homework completion. The ultimate goal of these sessions is to develop effective study habits by providing access to teachers for needed support, establishing daily homework routines, and fostering increased independent management of homework assignments.
Additional On-Site Support
When students require extra 1-on-1 support, whether the need is tutoring, speech and language therapy or occupational therapy, on-site professionals work closely with the family and the faculty to develop a coordinated intervention plan that can be woven into the daily routine. When students utilize the services of off-site professionals, we encourage that the services be delivered on campus to promote collaboration and intervention effectiveness.