Middle School

Whole Child Development

DSHK’s art program is designed to foster creativity and imagination to help our students become well-rounded individuals. Our child-centered, innovative art studios provide space for our students to develop a depth of knowledge and understanding by exploring various forms of art from different time periods, places and cultures; experimenting with different art media and tools; expressing themselves through studio art, and reflecting on their work, peer’s work and their own growth. Students develop creative problem-solving skills, communication skills, analytical thinking skills, critical and reflective skills and meaning-making skills that can be applied across the subject areas and applied to their daily lives. Drawing, sculpture, painting, wood-working, ceramics are just a few of the visual art mediums that our DSHK artist will experience. Through comprehensive learning experiences, students will investigate art throughout history and across diverse cultures to better understand the vital contribution the arts make to the quality of our lives.

Performing, creating, and responding to music are fundamental music processes in which humans engage. We believe that students learn by doing: singing, playing instruments, moving to music, and creating music. Research has also proven that students with music training have better skills in mathematics, language, reasoning, logic, spatial intelligence, creative thinking, and problem-solving. Our music curriculum consists of the four disciplines of a) listening and responding, b) performing and movement, c) music appreciation, and d) composition.

Physical education significantly contributes to students’ well-being and is an integral part of our students’ educational experience. High-quality physical education instruction contributes to good health, develops fundamental and advanced motor skills, improves students’ self- confidence, and provides opportunities for increased levels of physical fitness that are associated with high academic achievement. Mastering fundamental movement skills at an early age establishes a foundation that facilitates further motor skill acquisition and gives students increased capacity for a lifetime of successful and enjoyable physical activity experiences.

The middle school health curriculum is a comprehensive program designed to promote students’ physical, mental, and social well-being. It covers a wide range of topics to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions and adopt healthy behaviors. The curriculum typically includes units on nutrition, physical fitness, puberty and reproductive health, substance abuse prevention, mental health and emotional well-being, personal hygiene, and disease prevention. It also incorporates important concepts from our Character competence framework, such as responsible decision-making, communication skills, conflict resolution, and building positive relationships. The middle school health curriculum aims to empower students to take ownership of their health and make choices that contribute to a healthy and fulfilling life.

DALTON PLAN

I am not led,
I lead. 

Child Centered

Our children are the curriculum and the world is our textbook.

Chinese Culture

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Dual Language

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