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Elementary School Academics

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OVERVIEW

From their first days at DAIS, our Elementary students are active participants in their own learning. Caring and experienced teachers work diligently to ensure that all students have a smooth transition from home to school and progress successfully through the meticulously developed curriculum.
Our small class sizes allow for maximum teacher/student interaction, assisting students to learn to solve problems, create products and make meaning out of information in an American educational context.
English skills are developed through interaction with teachers and fellow students, alongside intensive reading programs and reading marathons. A reading buddy program has been developed whereby older students are paired with younger Elementary students to share skills and develop confidence. Our students are expected to speak English while on school, even during lunch and play time. This helps build vocabulary and fosters the long-term retention of language skills.

Our curriculum follows National Standards for student achievement developed in the United States. We utilize American accredited textbooks and strive to provide students with the same educational experiences that they would enjoy in an American school stateside.

OUR PROGRAM OF STUDIES 

Programs in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science are complimented by classes in Music, Art, Computer, Library and Physical Education. You can find our supply list for elementary school through this link. ( Elementary School Supply List )

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GRADING

The school year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is divided into two nine week terms made up of approximately 18 instruction weeks. At the close of each nine week term, students receive a report card indicating the grades earned in each class. Absences, if any, are recorded on their report card which reflects attendance. (Please Check our School Handbook for more information: Student Handbook)

  • Semester 1 = term 1 (9 weeks) and term 2 (9 weeks)
  • Semester 2 = term 3 (9 weeks) and term 4 (9 weeks)

Progress reports are handed out to students after the first four weeks of each term. If a student is to receive a grade of D+ or below in any class, he or she will receive a progress report and will be instructed to share this information with his or her parents. As progress reports are issued to students, they are required to sign them to verify receipt and have their parents sign them before returning them to school the next day. If a student is in danger of failing, teachers will hold a parent/teacher conference at least once in each term.