Good evening. With two weeks to go in the advisory, the Deal academic community is focused on making sure students get the instruction, the reteaching opportunities, and the support to demonstrate their learning. Keeping in mind that all grades are indicators of student progress - rather than a measure of who they are going to be as adults - they should be understood as a tool, rather than the goal. What does this mean?
DCPS has a standards-based curriculum for each of its subjects for each of your child's years. This includes materials, a scope and sequence of learning, and specific elements to demonstrate that progress is being made. Around this curriculum, Deal provides IB-based units, classwork, homework, and teacher-developed assessments, all implemented through daily lesson plans. At Deal, teachers who teach the same subject align all of their work and assessments throughout the year...[read more]