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    Academic Overview

    At Dearborn Park International School education focus for all students. At DPIS, we have a wonderfully diverse faculty and staff who not only have excellent educational credentials, but also bring to their classrooms many personal interests and passions.


    "To have another language is to possess a second soul."


    We create and deliver a rigorous, standards-based curriculum. Our English language arts and math teaching is grounded in the Common Core Standards. Using research based academic tools including Readers and Writers Workshops, Math in Focus and Arts Impact, along with their many personal interests and passions, our dedicated, highly-qualified, wonderfully diverse faculty and staff provides high quality, standards based instruction.

    We offer academic rigor through complex and critical thinking while integrating and infusing subjects in our hands-on, project-based instruction for all students at every grade level.
    English/Language Arts (ELA), math, social studies, science, technology, the arts, and social/emotional learning are among the subject areas taught each day at Dearborn Park.

    English/Language Arts (ELA): We use the Seattle Public School adopted Center for Collaborative Classroom (CCC) curriculum.  The program is comprehensive incorporating reading, writing, phonemic awareness, spelling, and vocabulary.  For more information, please go directly to the CCC website.


    Math: Dearborn Park International teaches to the Common Core and State Standards in math using Math in Focus and other resources.  The math team uses the Spanish version of Math in Focus and Engage New York in our Spanish Immersion classes.  Our Mandarin immersion staff adapted a math curriculum similar to Math in Focus, but adapted from a number of Mandarin sources and translated from English Math curricula.  For more information on MIF, please go directly to the Math in Focus Website.


    Science: We follow the Seattle Public School (SPS) District Science Curriculum after translating the material into Spanish and Japanese.  For details, please go to the SPS Science Webpage.


    Social Studies, Technology, The Arts, and Social/Emotional Learning: Social studies, visual art, dance, drama, and social/emotional learning are interwoven into literacy and math, using common core standards and Washington State Grade Level Expectations, Arts Impact, and other curricula to provide well-balanced, high quality instruction. Information technology is integrated with classroom projects and practice, in after school programs and in weekly instruction with our teacher-librarian Craig Seasholes.


    Physical Education (PE): Kevin Colo'n ("Coach C")  teaches, coaches, and mentors Dearborn Park Students in our outstanding P.E. program. Our PE program includes partnerships with Dance Chance with Pacific Northwest Ballet, US Tennis Association, Cascade Bike Company, Outdoors for All, and At Bat with Seattle Mariners.


    Performing Arts: All students at Dearborn Park study music theory, music appreciation, vocal and instrumental performance and dance performance in Helen Zhou's exceptional music and dance program. Dearborn Park is proud of its award-winning dance program, in which interested students learn many forms of dance, including creative dance; multicultural dances inspired by the cultures of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Philippines; American street, folk, and country dance; and Power Dancing (choreographed acrobatics).


    Mandarin/Spanish/English Dual Language Immersion Program:
    Students in dual language programs:
    Learn to work with people from different cultures and backgrounds Do better in ALL subjects on standardized tests. Develop pride in their own language and culture.

    Please visit our Dual Language Immersion Program page for more details about our program, and visit the Seattle School District's International Education page for more general information.

    Online Resources for Families

    Detailed online resources for families are available on the Seattle School District's website in Online Student Resources (opens a new window!)

    Online English/Language Arts (ELA) Resources for Families

    Academic Programs and Services  
    ELL (English Language Learners) Ensuring academic excellence through language acquisition instruction is our primary strategic focus. ALO: Dearborn Park has been officially designated as an Advanced Learning Opportunity Pathway School by the Seattle School District. Our school went through an extensive accreditation and review process, which included a team of teachers, and a written plan to address needs of advanced learners. This designation means we address individual student learning needs and provide advanced learning opportunities for students that provides a rigorous curriculum. At DPIS, we have trained staff who work with accelerated learners at each grade level in reading, writing and math. If a child excels in Math, they might be placed in an ALOP math group in their classroom even though their reading and writing might need improvement. This is often true with English Language Learners.