How Does Dexter Work?
An explicitly laid out core knowledge curriculum that emphasizes strong content knowledge in mathematics, science, social studies, reading, writing, computer science, art, and design.
Students are first placed into a general academic plan based on their age. Students 12 years or younger begin the Elementary and Middle School program and students 13 years or older begin the High School program.
Diagnostics and Mastery
A diagnostic places students in the appropriate place in the instructional sequence. As students progress through the course they move into new instructional groups until they complete the course. Students then begin the next course as outlined in their academic plan.
Each course has regular live instruction that is targeted and effective. On-campus students receive daily live instruction in a classroom and online students receive instruction via on-platform live streams.
Motivation and a strong cultural emphasis on the importance of academic progress are key components of our mastery academic model. New instruction levels, course completion, and general academic progress are valorized and celebrated above all else. True mastery combined with this positive cultural pressure helps our students develop a healthy self-concept of themselves as someone who succeeds and learns.
Dexter is a year-round academic program that allows students to continuously make academic progress throughout the year. There is a set calendar of holidays when all campuses are closed and no live instruction or tutoring is provided.
Important Dates (2020 - 2021)
- MLK Day, Jan. 18
- Spring Break, March 15 - 19
- Easter, April 4
- Summer Break, May 28 - June 6
- First day of Summer Session, June 7
- Independence Day Break, July 2 - 5
- Fall Break, August 16 - 20
- First day of Fall Session, August 23
- Labor Day, Sept. 6
- Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 22 - 26
- Winter Break, Dec. 20 - Jan. 2
- First day of Spring Session, Jan. 3