he elementary (K-5) program at MDS is comprised of approximately 1 classroom per grade level. The average class size is 6 students, with a staff to student ratio of 1:3. The curriculum for academic classes is delivered in the students' first language (ASL), and students also receive instruction in that language via ASL classes taught at each grade level. Elective classes include art, physical education, health and social skills classes. Flexible grouping based on students' language and math skills is also a part of the K-5 program. Occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work and speech-language services are available to students based on individual needs, as well as other outside, contracted services such as vision and counseling services. Bilingual methodology is integrated throughout the curriculum for all subjects, and students participate in a variety of student-centered activities, inquiry-based learning and technology projects. SMARTboards are used in all classrooms, and a variety of technology tools for learning are at students' fingertips. With a 1:2 computer to student ratio, teachers are able to integrate computer use into a variety of lessons and student projects. Students are introduced to video technology and video editing software as early as kindergarten, empowering them to record, edit and publish their work in their first language--ASL.
Our elementary teachers love to share what is happening in their classrooms. Some share this information on classroom websites. Others share this through Newsletters posted here on our webpage. Either way, we hop you will check out the awesome things happening in our elementary classrooms!
3-5th Grade Newsletter