The DC Scholars Way

PATH Core Values

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PROFESSIONAL *

• Be and stay organized

• Use complete sentences

• Be on time and prepared when you come to school and class – bring supplies, uniform and the right attitude

• Follow all procedures and directions

• * For K-2nd P is for PREPARED

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ATTENTIVE

• Demonstrate good listening skills, eye contact and posture

• Be committed to your studies and to learning because it will make you smarter

• Read all directions, participate and ask insightful questions

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THOUGHTFUL

• Be nice – treat others as you would like to be treated

• Be community-oriented and help others whenever possible

• Show respect to yourself, classmates, teachers/staff, families and the school

• Always use Please, Excuse Me, Thank You, Sorry and You’re Welcome whenever possible

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HARDWORKING

• Set high goals for yourself and do what is needed to achieve and exceed them

• Do your homework

• Persevere — stick to it when things aren’t going your way

• Have PRIDE— Personal Responsibility In Demanding Excellence

Curriculum

ECE


Early Childhood Education

DC Scholars PCS uses a combination of externally and internally created curricula in order to implement a rigorous academic program. Our Early Childhood team uses a teacher made curriculum that aligns with the DC Early Learning Standards.

PS and PK scholars are immersed in internally-created, theme-based units that address key literacy, math, and social emotional skills. 

Supplement softwares include:
• Jolly Phonics

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Elementary Division

ELA

Teachers in grades Kindergarten through 4th use externally-created, comprehensive English Language Arts curricula designed by EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning). 

Supplement softwares include:
• Lexia
• iReady
• AimsWeb
• Jolly Phonics

Math
Math curriculum revolves around open-ended, problem-based tasks that allow students to develop a deep understanding of math concepts.  School leaders and teachers select, curate, and sequence tasks and lessons.  Some of the key curricular resources for math instruction include Eureka Math, Cathy Fosnot’s Context for Learning, and John Van de Walle’s Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics.

Supplement softwares include:
• ST Math
• Conceptua
• Do the Math
• iReady

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Middle Division

 

Teachers use externally-created, comprehensive curricula for both the English Language Arts and Math departments. The Middle Division additionally uses educational software to supplement instruction in reading and math. This allows our scholars the opportunity for online interaction with traditional place-based classroom methods. 

ELA
• Engage NY
• NewsELA
• Commmont Lit
• NoRedInk
• Edsight
• Discovery Education Techbook
Math
• Eureka
• iReady
• EdSight
• Do the Math
• Discovery Education Techbook

Staff Values

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HIGH BAR

We are accountable to our students and their families. We want (and expect) the best for them so we seek excellence and set a high bar in everything we do.

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PASSION + PERSISTENCE

We are driven by our passion to see our students succeed. Therefore, we forge ahead and persist through challenges knowing that our students are worth the hard work.

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HOPE

We are unwavering in our optimism. We see realities for what they are while never doubting what can be achieved. Our hope enables us to overcome moments of apprehensions and fear.

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HUMILTY & GROWTH

We do not have all of the answers. We must operate with humility and a growth mindset to approach our work with confidence and improve continuously.

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TRUST

We are a diverse and trusting team. We respect one another and push each other to be better. We believe in each other’s unique potential and act in accordance with this conviction.