908 West Arrow Highway, San Dimas California, 91773

(909) 599-2299  dovedayschool@gmail.com

Big futures come from small schools

Dove Day School

Private Elementary serving Kindergarten through 6th Grade

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Non-sectarian Private School

The learner is central to curriculum.

Our classrooms are set up in two-grade combinations with small groups meeting for ability-leveled academics.  The grade schedules allow time with the classroom teacher, reading/language specialist, athletic director, and sign language instructor at intervals during the school week.  The team follows each student for two years; the needs and talents of each student become primary among the adults that know them.  The parent/teacher team supports the learner by designing systems in the class and at home to help meet high expectations.

  • Kindergarteners find their academic legs- unlocking the mystery of the written word- reading, exchanging quantities with numerals to understand the nature of math, expanding their citizenship with appreciation for the community and their futures in it - social studies, and recognizing that change can be predicted and make predictions of their own - science.
  • Grades 1 & 2 gather with their teacher in small groups.  Watching the students incorporate new concepts lets the instructor intervene effectively if understanding has gone askew.
  • In Grades 3 & 4 the personal values of each learner become evident.  We begin to see themes of interest in reports.  Students will specialize, showing preference to one subject over another.  Common Core strategies challenge educators to bring content across subject lines to engage thinkers into new paths.
  • The students in Fifth and Sixth grades are taking on levels of difficulty that could haunt them through college if they are allowed to get stuck. Teachers look to the many ways people learn as a resource to offer new perspectives if a traditional presentation falls flat.