A Robust Curriculum
After School Enrichment
Our high performing mathematics program focuses on students not just learning math concepts but truly mastering them. DMP Students receive up to seven hours of weekly mathematics instruction in small groups. These consist of 10 to 14 students and are formed based on ability. Each student is appropriately challenged to reach their full potential, in a low stress learning environment. We do not limit students with grade-level barriers. Students who demonstrate expertise of current grade-level mathematics standards are advanced to a higher grade-level program.
Kindergarten students begin the mathematics process using manipulatives, discovering numbers and patterns, and progressing through place values, basic graphing and the solution of simple equations. Succeeding grades study a full range of math concepts, learning to master computational skills, applying math concepts in problem-solving environments, and concentrating in elements as varied as geometry, statistics and probability, and algebraic linear equations.
A key component in our curriculum is language arts. All students are positioned in small developmentally-appropriate groups where they receive up to 8 hours of language arts instruction each week.
Beginning with the fundamentals of language and visual/motor development, phonemic awareness, sight word recognition, and sound-symbol association, students continually develop a wealth of indispensable skills as they move through their elementary school years. Lower grade lessons in reading, grammar and oral language proficiency naturally lead to comprehensive studies of comprehension and annotating of great novels, analytical writing, creative composition and public speaking.
Del Mar Pines places considerable emphasis on areas such as literature appreciation, creative voice and structured analysis, as well as the critical requisites of mind-mapping, outlining and gathering research from a variety of credible sources.
We believe children are natural scientists. An engaging and robust science education in elementary school is critical in connecting to children’s curiosity and wonder while getting them excited to learn more. Students in grades K-6 receive weekly science instruction in the classroom plus an additional one hour of hands-on science in the science lab each week.
We use multiple science programs and are aligning our K-6 science curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will help our students develop a deeper understanding of science beyond memorizing facts, and experience similar scientific and engineering practices as those used by professionals in the field.
Our science program includes interactive science instruction that promotes analysis and interpretation of data, critical thinking, problem-solving, and connections across science disciplines. Each year, students are able to demonstrate a greater capacity for connecting knowledge across, and between, the physical sciences, life sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering design.
To support the whole child, Del Mar Pines School offers upper grade students supplemental education to prepare our students for the social and emotional stressors including: peer pressure, self esteem, body image, vaping and drugs. Our school Psychologist has built a foundational program for our students to develop good interpersonal relations and prepare them for future social and emotional success. Fourth and fifth grade students focus on communication and problem solving skills while sixth grade emphasizes drug awareness and prevention.
DMP 4th and 5th grade students learn how to identify problems and prospective solutions, analyze consequences and select and implement plans of action that best suit the issue. They learn the differences between assertiveness and aggression and specific skills to help them express their opinions and feelings without intimidating or disrespecting others.
In 6th grade students participate in Project Alert, a comprehensive program that teaches effective resistance skills to drugs, tobacco and alcohol. The curriculum is designed to respond to the developmental changes that occur prior to and during middle school years Each student is taught to resist peer pressure and make positive choices. In meeting these goals, their ability to adopt new behavior and change difficult behavior is heightened.
Del Mar Pines offers an impressive variety of after school enrichment programs to accommodate busy parents’ schedules as well as curious students’ minds and imaginations. Enrichment classes vary throughout the school year and are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring. Typically enrichment classes include Mad Science, Computer Programing, Mountain Boarding, Chess, Woodworking, Archery, Lego, Math Club, Science Club, Yearbook, Art, Fencing, Gymnastics, Band, and Mindfulness, Yoga and more. Classes vary depending on availability of space, instructors and vendors.
If your child is not picked up when their enrichment class ends, they will be automatically enrolled in After Care.
After School classes are paid in the front office when enrolling. Enrollment details vary depending on day of week, holidays, time of year, and the age of students. All classes begin at 3:15 p.m. Most classes last one-hour.
Fall: Mid September – Mid November
Winter: Mid January - Early April
Spring: Late April – Early June
For more information on upcoming enrichment classes please review the school Newsletter and check with the office on space availability.
Extended Care offers families a flexible option for child supervision either before or after school.
Before School Care
Before school care is offered from 7:30–8:00 a.m. Gates will be opened at 7:30 a.m. each morning. Any student who arrives on campus prior to the 8:00 a.m. bell must go directly to Before Care in either the fifth or sixth grade classroom. Parents should walk with students to Before Care to sign the student(s) in. Going to Before Care is a flat rate of $7.50 per day per child, regardless of when they arrive.
Morning supervision of the playground is provided between 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. If a student arrives on campus between 7:30-8:00 a.m., students must go to Before Care. Under no circumstance, will the student be allowed to play on the playground without staff supervision.
After School Care
After school care is offered between 3:15–5:30 p.m., students are supervised as they play and/or do homework. You do not need to prepay or register your child(ren) in advance. After Care attendance is taken promptly at 3:15 p.m. Students will be signed in at that time.
Please let your child(ren) know on days he/she should report to After Care, if possible. However, if unforeseen circumstances prevent you from picking up your child(ren) by 3:15 p.m., your child(ren) will automatically be enrolled in the After Care program.
After Care fees are $8.50/hour. Fees are assessed in 1-minute increments ($.142/minute). After 5:30 p.m., a surcharge of $1.00 per minute applies. When taking your child from After Care, please sign out the student on the I-Pad and notify an AfterCare teacher.
Families using the Extended Care service are invoiced approximately once per month, through the Curacubby payment system.