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.
- 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-5
- 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, 6-8
- 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.