Elementary School

K1 to Grade 5

In Kindergarten I and II, emphasis is placed on the development of a positive self-concept, appropriate socialization and learning readiness skills. The foundations are laid for a happy and successful school experience. Fundamental skills are taught in an active, stimulating and accepting environment.

Curriculum for students in Grades 1 through 5 emphasizes basic skills in all subject areas and introduces higher level skills to challenge students and stimulate their interests and thinking. The curriculum fosters the concept that learning will be enjoyable and rewarding throughout students' lives.

In Grades KII – 5, an approach focused on continuous progress is used in the core curricular areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to the core subjects, students receive instruction in physical education, music, art, Arabic language for native and non-native speakers, Islamic education for Muslims, library science, and instructional technology. Our curriculum is clearly outlined by grade, and infused with an emphasis on the development of Future Fluencies. The instructional program makes a variety of provisions to support individual learning differences and all teachers strive to meet the needs of all students.

Students are provided opportunities to demonstrate their many talents, communication skills, and leadership qualities through curricular and co-curricular activities. Teachers encourage and assist students in becoming active learners, and with integrating their ideas, feelings and experiences into the instructional program. Students are encouraged to accept responsibility for their conduct, thereby enhancing their feelings of self-esteem and self-confidence.

i3 is our framework for nurturing our future leaders and creators. 

Through an iNQUIRY-based, process driven learning experience grounded in the Future Fluencies, our students’ learning experiences are relevant, meaningful and authentic. Our students delve into conceptual understandings and through the challenge and support provided by formative feedback, our students rise to the high expectations of learning at DAA. 

Our vast array of educational technology tools allow our teachers to embed drones, hands-on coding, trips around the world with VR and so much more into learning. iNNOVATION at DAA is a mindset and our ED-Tech allows us to fully engage our students in the joy of being future focussed. 

Leopard Pride. Through positive reinforcement, explicit expectations and logical consequences we foster iNTEGRITY in our students. Pride in school and themselves, a positive attitude in all they do, responsibility for their actions and acting respectfully at school and at home are our expectations of a Leopard. 

What standards are used to shape learning at DAA?

We utilize Connecticut Common Core Standards in our unit and lesson planning.

How do we teach Literacy? Framed in Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop, Literacy learning is consistent K-5 to ensure continuity of language and structure as our students move through the grades. Student achievement is tracked through grade level learning, three Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments and three school wide write assessments across the year. 

How do we teach Numeracy? Numeracy learning is guided by the Common Core standards. Through our K-5 scope and sequence our numeracy learning is scaffolded across the grades to ensure age appropriate learning that challenges and supports our students in their learning. Our numeracy program is a balance of foundational skills and conceptual understandings. 

Do we have specialist subjects? Art exhibitions, drama showcases, music concerts, sports days, track & field events, swim competitions, Arabic language learning, cultural studies and more are all part of our excellent specialist teacher program.