We desire to teach to the immediate needs of each child in a Christ-Centered environment so that success can be experienced and children can become self-motivated learners.
Dove Christian Academy is a nondenominational school. The school's governing board has adopted the following statement of faith that is consistent with the doctrinal statements of the national association of evangelicals and the association of Christian schools international. These doctrines are taught in the classroom and proclaimed in the chapel and worship services.
We believe the appropriate response to the grace of God is to believe, repent, confess, be baptized, and grow in the knowledge of the Lord. We believe the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict men, regenerate the sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the Christian to live a Godly life.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His
virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His reconciling death for
all people, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension to the
Father as our advocate and His return in victory.
The admissions process at DCA is as follows:
Dove Christian Academy opened its doors in 1997. It has focused its energies and talents on helping students with special needs and overcoming learning disabilities. Small class sizes have been maintained in order to offer maximum individualization. The basics of reading, written language, and mathematics are emphasized. Our goal is to remediate a child's learning disability and to return these potentially bright students to regular school programs within just a few years. Typically, after one or two years at DCA, a student is ready to return to a neighborhood school environment and to succeed both academically and socially. Subsequently, our students are promoted to private and public schools across the Denver area.
Multiple Child Discounts (tuition only)
Because learning styles are so varied in each child, a learning program is tailored to the student's particular needs. Intensive, customized instruction is the only way to work effectively with children striving to overcome dyslexia and other learning difficulties. With our trained and caring teachers, this highly personalized approach works very well. Every member of the staff is directly involved with students. Each child follows an academic program designed for his or her specific ability level. We use a range of phonemic awareness techniques, which includes a multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham phonics based instruction, math manipulatives, and reading technique called neurological impress. These techniques are all taught in small, sequential steps, which instill a sense of accomplishment and success.
It is also important that students are involved in group work and some subjects are taught with two or more classes grouped together. This type of interaction helps to foster a sense of camaraderie among the school as a whole. Core subject classes are organized according to the functioning level of the student. As the year progresses, students are given more independent work.
Children write fictional stories at least four days a week. Expository writing is developed as a student's skills progress. Work on written expression, grammar, and usage evolves naturally and informally during this writing process. Much emphasis is given to the writing process and students are taught this through modeling and several prewriting skills.
Organization skills and time management become part of the daily routine. Students are responsible for maintaining notebooks, keeping up materials, and turning in homework on time. Learning to change classes helps students prepare for middle school and at Dove a child will be given a homeroom but may change rooms two to three times a day.
While enrolled, each student's progress is monitored closely. Weekly reports are sent home to parents. Formal conferences are scheduled periodically and academic testing is used to document progress. Formal, individual assessment is available upon parental request. One major component of our school is that we highly encourage our students to be advocates for one another. A sense of nurturing prevails among the children that tends to help each child feel safe and non-threatened. Our commitment to Christ enables our children to be sensitive to the learning and social needs of their fellow classmates. Students understand that they may have a definite academic need, but that they also have a definite strength to share with others as well. We teach children how to genuinely care for one another and to put others needs ahead of their own.
The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
The Orton-Gillingham approach was named for Samuel Torrey Orton (1879-1948), a physician, a scientist, and an educator and for Ann Gillingham (1878-1963), and educator with a mastery of the English language. Dr. Orton was a pioneer in the field of reading dysfunction and related language based difficulties. As early as 1925, he identified the syndrome of dyslexia as an educational problem. He combined neuroscientific information and developed a theory used to help remediate learning disabilities. Orton-Gillingham is taught in the primary, elementary and intermediate grades. In every lesson the student experiences a high degree of success and therefore learning becomes a positive experience.
We offer an after school homework lab program for grades 2 through 8 to ensure accountability issues for each student. You may choose to enroll your child two, three, or four days a week scheduled Monday through Thursday. Payments are made to DCA and unlike the tuition, this payment should be hand delivered to your child's homeroom teacher. A billing schedule will be dispersed at the beginning of each semester, which will vary slightly due to holidays. The first payment is due, along with the homework lab sign-up sheet, the first week of school. Subsequently, the next month's payment will be due by the first of each month. The teacher will send home a reminder the last Friday of each month indicating what the bill will be for the following month. Again, please note that there will be no homework lab after scheduled field trips.
Students will be keeping a log of earned points for having completed homework assignments and those points are converted to purchase items from the goody box. If you should have any useable toys, school supplies, or just "interesting junk," please consider donating it to the school for our goody box.
Dove offers a noncompetitive physical education program that stresses participation rather than winning. Our mission statement regarding physical education is to expose our children to various types of sports while nurturing a tolerance for all levels of physical abilities. Our PE program offers the following:
Drop-off & Pickup Procedures
Field trips are scheduled periodically and it has always been an enhancement to our learning. If there is a parent who would like to volunteer his/her time to help transport our students for any of these trips, please let the homeroom teacher know. It would be appreciated so much. Field trips are used as positive reinforcement to a child fulfilling his homework expectations. Should the student fail to hand in his assignment regularly, he may not be allowed to attend a scheduled field trip. Please note that if your child loses his privilege to attend the outing, the child will need to stay home that day and there will be no reimbursement for field trip fee or tuition fee for the day. There is no homework lab on field trip days. If your child chooses not to turn in homework on a regular basis, the teacher has the option of keeping the student home on the next scheduled field trip. Teachers will be responsible to contact the parents at least three days prior to the field trip if they have a student who cannot attend.
All students are required to uphold the following behavioral standards:
If a student has demonstrated a significant lack of effort toward his/her work or if a student has not turned in homework, they may be required to stay inside for lunch and may not be able to attend a scheduled field trip.
Suspension or Expulsion
A student is subject to suspension or expulsion for:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. Philippians 4:8
Teachers will record homework points on a daily basis. Parents' signature must be on students' homework spiral notebook every day. Teachers will give full credit to quality papers that are handed in on time. Late papers will receive only partial credit and will not be awarded a grade higher than a "C." Students are always required to hand in all assignments even if they are late. However, it is important to note, that if a student does not turn in homework on a regular basis, the teacher has the option of keeping the student home on the next scheduled field trip. Teachers will be responsible to contact the parents at least three days prior to the field trip if they have a student who cannot attend.
F 59 and below
Full credit is given for work handed in on time. Half credit will be given for work handed in late. All assigned work will need to be completed to receive a grade.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will
not depart from it.
Health and Medical Policies
This is an opportunity for our students to shine and perform before an audience. Regardless of certain academic challenges, our students often have an inherent ability in the area of music and acting. At Dove, it is our deepest desire to prove to our students that they possess talents just like many of their peers.
Goody Box Coordinator
Hot Lunch Coordinator
Fun and Fitness Day
Dove Christian Academy is designed especially to meet the special education needs of school age children with learning disabilities. While this emphasis and specialized educational care may in some individual cases qualify a portion of the tuition payment for a medical expense deduction under the internal revenue code, you are advised to consult a qualified tax advisor or attorney to determine the availability of such a deduction in your individual case. DCA, a 501c(3) corporation, takes no position as to the partial deductibility of such tuition payments.
Work hard so God can approve you. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Member of Learning Disabilities Association