Multi-Grade Classes, Flexibility, & Student Relationships

 

Differentiation through Multi-Grade Classes

Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy is committed to providing classroom instruction that meets every student’s need. With the exception of Kindergarten, the classes at Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy are arranged with two grade levels per classroom. Our teachers are experienced and trained to teach multigrade-multiability groups.

It has long been established in education that smaller class sizes and homogenous grouping is best practice for students to thrive. Our multigrade classes are limited in size so that our teachers can meet individual needs in creative ways. In many ways teachers in Adventist schools have always provided “differential” instruction, which is a buzzword currently in the field of education. By definition differential instruction is modifying curriculum and individualizing instruction in systematic and creative ways. Multigrade classes actually help make differentiation possible.

Flexibility and Other Unique Advantages

There are other special advantages to multigrade classrooms. Not only can flexible student schedules be implemented, but also unique programs can be developed to meet students’ individual, group interests, and needs. For example, at our school it is not unusual to find gifted kindergarten students spending part of their day with our first graders, or a second grader who is great with numbers taking math class with the third graders.

Combined classrooms also offer ample opportunity for students to become resourceful and independent learners. Our setting lends itself naturally to peer grouping where stronger students help their friends and learn leadership skills. Multigrade classrooms are usually less formal than single-grade classrooms. Because of the small class size, friendly relationships based on understanding and respect develop naturally between the students and their teacher. In this setting, students become well known by their teacher and are surrounded by a family-like atmosphere. Our teachers and family members feel like a team working on behalf of our students.

Student Relationships Nurtured through Mentoring Opportunities

Whenever possible we try to find ways for our older and younger students to learn and spend time together. Among other ways, we do this by incorporating reading buddies and pen pals between classes. We like to group all the students together across-ages during worship services and on the playground. Our little kids look up to our big kids. Our big kids remember what this was like for them and take care to treat our little ones with TLC. In this way, there is rarely any kind of bullying. In addition, there is genuine fondness for each other between all the students on our campus.

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Upcoming Events
Oct
21
Sat
2017
Healthful Cooking Weekend
Oct 21 – Oct 22 all-day

We are holding a weekend event where you can learn about healthy cooking in ways you might not have tried before. The details and times of this event will be sent home with your student before the event.

Oct
23
Mon
2017
Fall Week of Prayer
Oct 23 – Oct 27 all-day

Twice a year, we have a specific focus on a full week of prayer together. We ask that each of you participate in praying each day with your student and asking them about specific prayer requests that have been presented at school that week.

Monday Casual Days
Oct 23 all-day

Every Monday will be casual day this year.  The kids can wear appropriate t-shirts, jeans, etc. on these days.

Oct
27
Fri
2017
Friday Dress-up Days
Oct 27 all-day

For this school year, every Friday will be a “dressier” or “uniform” day.  This means that it is uniform dress or better. There will be more details provided.

Please note that ALL TUESDAYS THROUGH THURSDAYS are uniform days, except when a special casual day is earned. Details about earning extra casual days will be provided.

Pizza Day
Oct 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Once a month, we have pizza day luncheons available.  Sign-up sheets will be sent home the week of the Pizza Day luncheon for you to sign up your student if you choose to get them the pizza lunch.

Oct
28
Sat
2017
Octoberfest (tentative)
Oct 28 all-day

Details for this Family-Fun event to come. Be on the lookout for information to be sent home with your student in the weeks before the event.

SWOP CHURCH! @ Lynchburg Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Formerly known as Education Sabbath, on our SWOP church day, we invite all of the DTD students to come and be a part of our Sabbath service. The students will sing, pray and participate in the service. All families are invited to the service. Come enjoy a time of worshipping the Lord together.

Oct
30
Mon
2017
Monday Casual Days
Oct 30 all-day

Every Monday will be casual day this year.  The kids can wear appropriate t-shirts, jeans, etc. on these days.