DC Academy is a private Christian school experience coordinated by the Dream Center, Angelus Temple, the Harbor House, and DC Teen Discipleship. The primary purpose of the school was to provide a structured and supervised environment for students in the DCTD residential program to pursue their educational goals.
Many of the DCTD students were behind in credits and lacking in various learning skills. DC Academy, using the curriculum provided by Alpha Omega, Switched-On Schoolhouse, allows students to work at their own individual level. The curriculum is challenging, thorough and interactive. We weave into the computer based curriculum classes that aid in writing skills, physical education and other courses that would benefit the students.
We’ve seen the need to allow non-residential students to attend our school and escape the temptations and secular philosophies of the public school system. In response to this need, we’ve decided to open our school to selected students in the neighborhood as well as to students who have graduated the DCTD program and are making a transition back into their communities.
We’re always looking to improve the services we provide and look forward to working with you to educate and raise your children. Please contact us if we can be of further assistance.
The following points highlight our educational philosophy:
- All children should be educated in a safe, disciplined and orderly environment. Students should be allowed to learn in an environment free from drugs, gangs, sexual harassment, chaos, bullying, and intimidation.
- A quality education should be available to all children regardless of race, creed, nationality, gender, religion, family situation, or socio-economic status.
- Education is the process of equipping a learner for life. Education is not merely the acquisition of information, but rather the training and equipping of an individual to live life successfully and become a contributor to society.
- The spiritual emphasis of an individual’s life can not be ignored by the educational establishment. We are as concerned with a child’s spiritual development as his or her academic development. Education involves the whole child, including spiritual development. Adherence to Biblical values and the support of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ are cornerstones of DC Academy.
- Teaching is the equipping and training of students and is best accomplished with individualized attention. Although group learning is appropriate and beneficial at times, most students learn best when working at their own pace, at their own level and with appropriate individualized attention and educational planning.
- A teacher’s responsibility lies in treating each individual student with honor and dignity, creating an environment suitable for learning, motivating students to realize their dreams, and providing new strategies for students to accomplish their objectives. The teacher is not the center of the educational endeavor but an integral part in the educational process.
- Each student is an individual endowed with unique gifts, talents, personality, and abilities so that he or she can benefit others in society.
- The student is responsible for his or her learning. No one can force a student to learn, nor can a student be forced to be equipped. Students must participate in the process. The student must be prepared to invest in his or her education.
- Education is the God-given responsibility of the parents. The Bible does not give educational responsibility to the schools, nor to the governments. Responsibility is given to parents. God will hold parents responsible for the education of their children. DC Academy assists parents in the process but does not abdicate that responsibility from the family.
- God’s plan is that children are to be placed within the guiding context of a loving family. God designed the family to be a safe environment where children are free and able to grow and develop. Where families have been torn apart or do not fit God’s design of one father and one mother, it is the responsibility of the local church body to step in and meet the needs.
- There is a commitment to mastery learning of a standard content so that students need to reach a minimum standard before they are allowed to continue. Mastery learning assumes that there is a base level of knowledge. This knowledge is necessary in order to be successful in subsequent material. Each student has to achieve the same minimum. This approach improves the achievement of everyone, means that equivalent grades have equivalent meaning in terms of material learned, and allows students to develop a shared cultural literacy.
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