The Colegio Dominico-Americano curriculum is based on standards, which in turn drives the type of activities, methodology and assessment. The methodology works from a backward decision focus for the design of the curricular activities, with the application of cognitive and learning theories, and a constructivist approach. Points of departure for learning are coherent with student needs, previously assessed through entry exams.
We use direct instruction and cooperative learning strategies, which help us focus the student toward construction of his / her own knowledge, development of critical thinking skills, and other skills associated with working in a team or independently. Other strategies include inquiry and concept attainment strategies. The activities are implemented with the use of specific resources per subject area such as technology, audio tapes, CD’s, hands-on materials, master reproducible activities, science laboratory, manipulatives, videos, and on-line tutorials.
Student activities are planned around triggering prior knowledge and linking new knowledge with the help of activities that go from a guided practice to independent practices. This guidance and support help the student deepen his / her understanding. The assessment is ongoing and diverse; traditional quizzes and test and innovative approaches involving projects, problem–based learning, and portfolios.