Learning Initiatives

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Prekindergarten (Pre-K)

Dalton Public Schools offers 16 pre-kindergarten classes for up to 352 students to begin their academic progress in an elementary school environment. There are 22 children in each class with an elementary certified teacher and a paraprofessional. The Pre-K classes for four-year-olds are primarily funded through state lottery revenue. The program prepares children for kindergarten. More information can be found on the Bright form the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning website.

Mathematics

Dalton Public Schools has a robust mathematics framework, which considers each child and teacher a learner, designer and leader. This framework, built from a growth mindset, embodies our paramount mathematics belief that states, “All children can learn math at the highest levels.” Every classroom from PreK - 12th grade has a plethora of hands-on and digital resources where authentic learning comes to life. Through performance-based tasks, exemplars and inquiry children in Dalton Public Schools are provided customized learning opportunities that are student-focused, data-driven and standards-based. Our resources actively develop the Standards for Mathematical Practice in our students while expanding teacher expertise. Our desire for each child is that they make great strides forward and that the impact is visible.

STEM

Dalton Public Schools believes in engaging students in Science Technology Engineering and Math. Brookwood School is a state-certified STEM School and was the 12th school in the state to earn the designation. All elementary schools provide designated staff and resources to STEM experiences.

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate program is a rigorous pre-university program leading to assessments in six subject areas. It offers a challenging and demanding educational experience across the full curriculum. Beyond completing college-level courses and examinations, IB students are also required to engage in community service, individual research, and an inquiry into the nature of knowledge.

Authorized as an IB World School in 1999, Dalton High School currently offers the following IB courses: IB English, IB Math, IB Math Studies, IB History of the Americas, IB Chemistry, IB Biology, IB Psychology, IB German, IB French, IB Spanish, IB Latin, IB Visual Arts, IB Music, and Theory of Knowledge.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. The IB Learner Profile is the IB mission statement translated into 21st century learning skills. IB learners strive to be: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced, and Reflective. The student enrolled in the IB program follows a rigorous 4-year plan to earn the IB Diploma.

Authorized as an IB World School in 1999, Dalton High School currently offers the following IB courses: IB English, IB Math, IB Math Studies, IB History of the Americas, IB Chemistry, IB Biology, IB Psychology, IB German, IB French, IB Spanish, IB Latin, IB Visual Arts, IB Music, and Theory of Knowledge.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. The IB Learner Profile is the IB mission statement translated into 21st century learning skills. IB learners strive to be: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced, and Reflective. The student enrolled in the IB program follows a rigorous 4-year plan to earn the IB Diploma.