- Rigorous, Standards-based Curriculum and Instruction
We work diligently to ensure that our academic curriculum and all instruction are aligned to Ohio’s Academic State Standards and the Common Core State Standards, and that they are rigorous in nature. Students are pushed to not just retain information but to learn through interaction with material in multimodal ways that reach the child as a whole, not solely as a test-taking body. All of our instruction has strong foundations in literacy and writing best practices, to develop students who are strong critical thinkers, readers, and writers in two languages.
- Individualized Learning Opportunities
The instructional leaders work carefully to identify the ways in which individual students learn the best and then construct learning plans that allow students to learn in their own unique ways. Students, teachers, and parents are actively invested in these plans, to make the process of learning a collaborative effort. An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) will be developed for each student. An ILP helps identify a particular student’s strengths, challenges, interests and learning styles, and then matches that profile to resources and tools that can maximize his/her learning potential within a given classroom setting. This resource and record, tracked in a manner that illustrates each student’s development, follows a student as they grow and mature at Dayton SMART Bilingual Academy and into higher education, reaching beyond the formal education process into all aspects of personal and, eventually, professional life.
- A Culture of Exceptionally High Academic and Behavioral Expectations
The entire DSBA community will be held accountable to the highest standard in academic and behavioral expectations. Academic expectations include the thorough completion of all class work and homework, and being active, engaged participants in class at DSBA. The community is expected to behave like teammates at all times, encouraging one another and supporting each other’s development. The community alike will work collaboratively and work to lift each other up in our day-to-day interactions.
- Continuous Improvement
As a community, we thoroughly reflect upon our work, find areas where improvement is needed, and do whatever is necessary to make the changes and adjustments that are required for maximum student learning. As adult leaders, we model for our students what it means to be a life-long learner.
- Multicultural Environment
DSBA students will have access to a bilingual and multicultural educational program that is integrated into the core curriculum each day. Our goal is to provide our parents and students with a competent bilingual staff, culturally and linguistically responsive courses and rigorous instructional programming that supports all students and prepares them to become future bilingual and biliterate members of the community.