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Our Curriculum Philosophy
Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences School District provides a challenging curriculum to all Metropolitan Detroit area students regardless of economic or social circumstances.We offer a comprehensive curriculum that is inquiry and discovery based with a strong emphasis on the arts and sciences. While studying the core academics, our students are exposed to laboratory exploration and performing and visual arts. Our Kindergarten through twelfth grade learning experience not only aims to broaden students’ knowledge base, but to cultivate and enhance their creativity. With technology embedded in evidence-based instructional practices, our program of study is designed to prepare students to be global citizens and lifelong learners.
The core content of Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences School District is horizontally and vertically aligned to the Michigan Curriculum Framework. At each of our academies, all students receive core academic instruction in English Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies. In addition to the core subject areas, students have the opportunity to participate in Physical Education, Choir, Band, Art, Music, Astronomy, Forensic Science and a host of other “special” or elective courses. Our Instructional Framework is built upon evidence based strategies and practices that are designed to meet the needs of all students. Through inquiry and exploration based instructional strategies, students build essential critical thinking skills which are necessary for problem solving. Classroom instruction is delivered through a variety of technological means such as, Eno Boards (interactive white boards), graphing calculators, and online programs.
According to the NRC National Science Standards, research shows that children learn science best when doing science. In accordance to this research and the Michigan Science Grade Level Expectations, hands-on scientific exploration is embedded into our Kindergarten through twelfth grade learning experience. Students learn how to generate questions, research, and develop solutions to the physical world around them. At the initial stages, teachers lead students through the process of scientific inquiry. As the curriculum builds, students become independent investigators in scientific exploration. The culmination of the student’s participation in our Science curriculum is their ability to fully engage in the process of science as independent learners. To provide students with the ultimate scientific experience, DAAS uses FOSS (Full Option Science System) to supplement our Science curriculum. FOSS enhances students’ hands-on scientific experience and allows DAAS to provide laboratory experiences for each unit of study at all grade levels. These real-world and hands-on experiences build students’ 1curiosity and interest in Science.