Curriculum

There are many ways to measure the success of any instructional program. The instructional leaders in each school are the principals, who provide teachers with support to cover our standards-based curriculum with students. Teachers are supported additionally through the use of instructional technology, and services provided for gifted, and special education.

Curriculum Overview

  • The Dover Public School System is committed to excellence and has high expectations for its students. The curriculum at all levels seeks to foster the growth and development of each student's intellectual, social, physical and emotional capabilities. The school district, in addition to the basic program of studies, offers programs for gifted students, alternative and remedial programs, and a wide variety of special education services.
     
  • Elementary and secondary guidance services are available as well as school psychologists, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and specialists in art, music, technology, physical education and reading. In addition, each school has a modern library staffed with a certified school librarian who serves as a resource person for students and staff. An extensive program of curricular and extracurricular activities afford numerous opportunities for students who wish to participate in areas of special interest.

Elementary Education, K-4

  • Beginning with a full-day kindergarten, the elementary schools provide an instructional program for students that emphasizes the development of critical thinking and strong basic skills in reading, language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics. Cultural arts, computer literacy, and library skills are integral components of the elementary curriculum. National standardized testing and local testing assist teachers in identifying student strengths and weaknesses. Appropriate test-taking skills are implemented through instruction within the classroom.

Middle School Education, 5-8

  • After building a firm foundation in basic skills, students in grades 6-8 continue the process of intellectual development while exploring a variety of individual interests. The middle school helps students make a smooth transition from elementary to high school. The curriculum stresses basic study and organization skills along with the development of a positive self-image. In addition to strong academic program, daily health and physical education are important components of student life.

High School Education, 9-12

  • In grades 9-12, a blueprint for course studies is developed and plans for future goals are charted. Students choose courses designed to meet their special needs: college preparation, work study, vocational training, technical training, other programs related to career choices. The comprehensive curriculum includes advanced placement, honors classes, academic, career/technical, special, and general education programs. Student organizations provide experiences in responsible citizenship and give students a voice in school issues. A comprehensive athletic program, annual competitions, band, chorus, drama and clubs compliment academic opportunities offered for all students.