ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 Adaptive Elementary Math and Reading Curriculum. Personalized learning for YOU!
The curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Designed to meet the needs of 21st-century students, our general education curriculum incorporates rich multimedia, dynamic learning activities, direct instructional videos, virtual labs, and multiple embedded instructional supports in the instructional content.

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Elementary STEM School

Elementary students use our state-of-the-art Adaptive Math and Reading curriculum which assigns student lessons based on your student’s individual learning needs.  The online placement test will help determine if your student needs additional support or is ready for more challenging lessons so that lessons are always at the “right level” for learning.
Program Features
  • Parents receive weekly student progress check emails
  • Weekly 1 to 1 teacher-student meetings
  • Comprehensive Reading and Language Arts Program
    • Intensive Reading Fluency and Comprehension
    • Developmental and Transformative Spelling
    • Writing Workshop
    • Book Club with fiction and non-fiction books
    • Integrated Science and Social Studies
  • Build Math Fluency with concrete examples through online math manipulatives
  • Student clubs and specialized STEM activities
  • Interactive core curriculum with an array of animated videos, readings, and assessments
  • Placement diagnostic to assess and create a personalized learning path that is unique for your child’s learning needs
  • Affordable tuition and monthly payment plans
Workload
Wondering about the workload for online school? Students typically work in the online general education core and enrichment courses for about 4 hours daily for Monday through Thursday. Flexible scheduling allows the student to progress through the courses at their own individual pace.  General education courses include Math, Science, Reading Language Arts, and History/Social Studies. We reserve Fridays as an offline learning day so get outside and explore!

 

Classes, teacher support, and live help
Elementary students are nurtured and guided to work independently and gain key skills for academic success.  They meet with their teacher in a 1 to 1 session and in small groups weekly.  Students generally meet on Mondays through Thursdays from 10am to 2pmEST or 12noon to 4pmEST.   Our team also helps to guide student academic development by providing ‘checks for understanding’ throughout the school year.  Parents receive weekly progress check emails that inform about their child’s work and progress!
Our goal is to help prepare every Dolphin STEM Academy student to achieve their dreams! Join our Elementary program!

Elementary Curriculum DEMO (brief)

Assessments and Enrichment
At Dolphin STEM Academy, we are committed to student growth and development. To ensure student progress, we universally screen all students at the beginning of the academic year and continue assessing throughout the year using a suite of assessments, our online general education curriculum assessments, and student ‘checks for understanding.’  The assessments pinpoint the strength and challenges of each student and identifies what is needed for individual continued growth.
Our ongoing student ‘checks for understanding’ give students an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of subject knowledge during an online web conference with a teacher/tutor.  The checks help to ensure that students have gained sufficient content knowledge to be successful in the course.  The data from our various assessments helps us to provide enrichment to help struggling learners and to challenge advanced learners.

Math & Reading Language Arts

Our personalized Math and Reading Language Arts curriculum is your own learning path for progress and improvement.  The Science and Social Studies Curriculum are interactive and fun!

Science and Social Studies Curriculum

Our STEM Approach

Tired of Robotics and Coding classes as a STEM program?  At Dolphin STEM Academy, we take STEM seriously.  STEM goes beyond robotics and coding programs.  Our students have passions for health and medical fields, digital media, sustainable engineering, animation, programming, graphic design, marine biology and zoology, nanotechnology, and more!  Private school students receive a student user account for Adobe Creative Cloud and learn to use the components in our #STEMsynergy sessions! With exciting STEM courses and live #STEMsynergy sessions, you’ll never be bored!
Dive deeper with self-study of your favorite STEM areas and teacher-supported skill development.  Enrolling in our online school gives you the advantage of flexibility of scheduling, a self-directed learning pace, and access to a variety of your favorite courses!  Explore STEM careers during our “STEM Talk” sessions.  Learn about pathways into STEM career fields, internship opportunities, and more!

STEM Projects

One thing that sets our students apart from other private school students is their passion for their STEM area.  Dolphin STEM Academy students engage in a deep study of their field and also take a hands-on, practical approach in their learning.
Through service learning, students design an independent or collaborative project that can positively impact a local or global community.  Students are empowered and motivated to provide solutions to ongoing issues.  A teacher mentor will help guide students through their project.

Frequently Asked Questions

YES!  Dolphin STEM Academy is fully accredited by Cognia, a global leader in school and teacher advancement.  We are also accredited by the South Carolina Independent Schools Association.  We are registered in many states including Tennessee and Florida.  Due to our accreditation with Cognia, your child’s education with us is valued and accepted at universities, colleges, and other public and private K-12 schools.
  • Dolphin STEM is a small online school, so you won’t get lost in the crowd.  We provide opportunities to meet with a teacher 1 to 1, build reading comprehension and fluency through our Intensive Reading program, and get quick assistance with Math skills in our Math Lab.
  • Unlike many virtual schools, we assess our students 3 times per year!  We administer the NWEA MAP Growth assessment for Science, Math, Reading, and Language Use, and  the results are used to help you grow academically and achieve your goals!
  • The curriculum is customized to meet your unique learning needs, and you’re able to work at a pace that works best for you!
  • We provide ongoing student support throughout the year.
  • Parents are supported throughout the year with regular parent conferences and monthly family resources.
  • We offer two program tracks to ensure accurate course placement.  The adaptive program allows students to fill in the gaps of learning from previous years, while the traditional program provides standards-based grade level curriculum.
  • Students can gain key leadership skills such as independence, grit, determination, and intrinsic motivation!
  • We are interactive collaborators! Join in and get involved in our special events such as online clubs, Summer and Winter STEM Camp, Online STEM Clubs,  Pi-Thon Math Challenges and Tournament, STEM Writing Week, Pi Day Celebration, and STEM Week!
  • Our curriculum is 100% online for 3rd – 12th graders and contains built-in support to make learning easy and fun!  The curriculum contains built-in support including guided notes, text to speech read aloud, interactive graphing paper and functions for Math, dictionary tool to help define words, and more! Videos, games, and quizzes also help to reinforce the lesson content.  For English language learners, there is also a translation tool to allow you to translate text in the courseware into your native language–over 20 languages are available!
  • In August and January, our private school students participate in our school intersession and orientation, and gain key skills to succeed during the school year such as notetaking, study skills, research and writing, citation format, reading for meaning, and more.
  • Our key focus is college prep for STEM careers.  We provide a variety of opportunities to specialize in STEM fields through course content, practical experience, and certifications.
  • Students take the MAP growth assessment three times per year which provides a correlation to predicted ACT and SAT scores.  We also provide college entrance exam preparation in high school.
  • We LOVE STEM!  We help to develop passions in STEM fields and nurture the critical thinking skills that are required in STEM careers.
We offer regular, gifted, honors, and accelerated classes.  To enroll, complete the application form and submit previous school records along with your consent for records from other schools.
Our online program works best for students who are motivated to learn and achieve success.  Students who need repeated prompting to complete assignments may struggle.  We also recommend that students have reading comprehension skills that will enable them to understand the lessons.  The curriculum has the ability to narrate the lessons using the “text to speech” function.  Struggling readers will likely have difficulty mastering the curriculum.

You can enroll today!

We admit students year-round! If you’d like to use the traditional school year, the 2021-22 school year begins on August 2, 2021.  Students must complete the school year within at least 10 months.

 

Dolphin STEM’s tuition rates are affordable!

There is a $99 application fee and the annual tuition fee is $3599.  We offer a 0% monthly payment plan as well.  Enroll today!https://form.jotform.com/DolphinSTEM/dsa-enrollment

The full-time private school is for students who want to be registered with a private school and have the guidance and support of certified teachers and academic counselors.  Private school students receive support from our staff for the academic school year August through May, but are able to use the curriculum through July if necessary.  The curriculum is based on the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards; state specific standards can be also be used, just let your academic advisor know during your enrollment conference.  California students can also tailor their courses to California requirements for entry into the California public university system.
Independent study homeschoolers purchase the curriculum and use it independently as homeschool students.  Please discuss homeschool requirements with your local school district or state Department of Education.
We can provide state specific courses, including California A-G courses!

COURSE CATALOG

Choose your electives today!

Explore our full course catalog and find YOUR perfect mix of courses!

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Our STEM Approach
Tired of Robotics and Coding classes as a STEM program?  At Dolphin STEM Academy, we take STEM seriously.  STEM goes beyond robotics and coding programs.  Our students have passions for health and medical fields, digital media, sustainable engineering, animation, programming, graphic design, marine biology and zoology, nanotechnology, and more!  Private school students receive a student user account for Adobe Creative Cloud and learn to use the components in our #STEMsynergy sessions! With exciting STEM courses and live #STEMsynergy sessions, you’ll never be bored!
Dive deeper with self-study of your favorite STEM areas and teacher-supported skill development.  Enrolling in our online school gives you the advantage of flexibility of scheduling, a self-directed learning pace, and access to a variety of your favorite courses!  Explore STEM careers during our “STEM Talk” sessions.  Learn about pathways into STEM career fields, internship opportunities, and more!
STEM Projects
One thing that sets our students apart from other private school students is their passion for their STEM area.  Dolphin STEM Academy students engage in a deep study of their field and also take a hands-on, practical approach in their learning.
Through service learning, students design an independent or collaborative project that can positively impact a local or global community.  Students are empowered and motivated to provide solutions to ongoing issues.  A teacher mentor will help guide students through their project.
Honors and Gifted

Dolphin STEM Academy Chapter

We are pleased to announce the Dolphin STEM Academy chapter of the National Junior Honor Society!  This gives students an opportunity to partner with each other to help others in community service, to develop leadership skills, and to continue striving for academic excellence!
Honors and gifted students have a real solution at Dolphin STEM! Don’t settle for a 30-minute pull-out session or an extra project at the end of the year at your old school.  At Dolphin STEM Academy, we truly nurture honors and gifted students by providing challenging opportunities throughout the school year.
College Readiness
Our entire education program is centered on college preparedness and continuing education.  STEM careers are demanding fields that require a solid foundation in Math and Sciences.  To prepare you for this challenge, Dolphin STEM Academy offers:
  • Optional accelerated pacing for Math and Science courses to give you the opportunity to take additional higher level courses such as Calculus, Statistics, Physics, and Anatomy and Physiology in High School.
  • Elective courses to build knowledge and skills in your STEM career area of interest
  • Annual assessments in Middle School that provide a predicted ACT score and informs of your strengths and weaknesses with the college entrance exam.
  • Several project-based learning opportunities to give you early exposure to research methodology.
  • Intensive reading classes to build fluency and comprehension
  • Research and Writing opportunities to build critical thinking skills
  • Social engagement and collaborative work with your peers to help you develop socially

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