Learning Opportunities

  • Academic proficiency and social responsibility are stressed at all grade levels with the expectation that all our students will be proficient with the standards outlined in the Common Core State Standards & the WSESU Learning Framework.

  • In an effort to eliminate reading failure, students in grades K-4 participate in 90 minutes of Literacy instruction four days a week and 45 minutes one day a week.  Math instruction is 70 minutes a day, K-8.

  • The library is opened to the school community and is staffed by a part-time licensed Library Media Specialist three days a week.

  • Art, Instrumental and Vocal Music are offered, in various forms, at all grade levels.

  • Students in grades K-4 participate in the Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) Program offered by volunteers.  All grades can access our outdoor science classroom and school garden.

  • Students and staff at all grade levels have access to a full range of technology, software tools and applications.  We currently have four portable computer labs, which provide classrooms students with laptop computing capabilities.

  • Chinese language instruction is provided on a limited basis through the Asian Studies Grant.

  • Fall, winter and spring sports are available to students in grades 6-8.

  • The Winter Activities program, staffed by parents and volunteers, offers students a variety of indoor and outdoor opportunities for six afternoons during January and February.  Activities have included skiing, skating, snowboarding, bowling, drama and art.  All students are expected to participate.

  • Students in grades 5-8 participate in a daily Skills Lab and 1400 Club, designed for multi-age instruction in a variety of areas including STEM, Humanities, Virtual High School, Band, Chorus, Art and Technology.

  • All students in grades K-8 participate in both Physical Education and Art Education two times a week.  Students in grades K-5 participate in Music twice a week and Library class is scheduled for students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 once a week.  Middle School students have weekly opportunities to check out books from the library and receive library instruction based on specific classroom units of study.
  • Additional leadership and learning opportunities for students include Mentoring, ASSET group, Student Council and after school Enrichment programs (when available).

  • Dummerston School offers a Hot Lunch program, which meets state and federal guidelines.  Snack milk and juice are also available.  Students may apply for lunch and/or snack milk/juice at free or reduced prices in accordance with the program regulations.
  • Full-time nursing and counseling services are provided by licensed professionals.