DCES offers after-school sports and clubs designed for our students to learn and participate in teams while using their talents and abilities for God’s glory.
Clubs provide opportunities for students to explore, develop, and gain knowledge in areas of which they have an interest.
The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) offers a variety of optional activities for students, such as the Spelling Bee, Speech Meet, Math Olympics, Piano Festival, and Art Festivals. Involvement in these activities varies according to the annual schedule and location of events. DCES students are selected to participate in these academic and music opportunities.
Music is an integrated part of our curriculum. Music is a gift from God and the proper use of music can bring glory to God and enjoyment to mankind.
Every grade level at DCES receives one period of classroom music per week and one period of choir with a music instructor. Opportunities to expand a child's musical horizon are offered to children as follows:
Elementary Beginning Band is offered during the school day to fourth and fifth grade students, with minimal or no experience, who wish to learn to play a musical instrument. Any band instrument offered including: flute, clarinet, oboe, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone horn, electric bass, guitar, and percussion.
Intermediate Band is offered to fourth and fifth grade students who have had at least one year instrumental experience. The students will increase their skills to a higher level of proficiency in a group setting.
Beginning, 2nd Year, and Intermediate Strings are offered to students in grades 2-5. Instruments in the string family that are offered include violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Students must acquire their own instruments.
Private Lessons are also available on a separate contract between parent and teacher with a fee included.
Field trips are extensions of the curriculum for each grade level. The classroom teacher or administration arranges these trips to enhance the learning opportunities of students. Each trip is scheduled based on its suitability for the class, time frames, bus availability and supervision needs.
Parent participation as chaperones is encouraged. Teachers and principals will review consideration for space available at sites, entrance requirements and adult/student ratios.
Parents who wish to accompany a class should confirm their intent with teachers in advance.
Parents accompanying a field trip may not bring other children who are not in the class, as it may pose a distraction to the effectiveness of the trip.
OUTDOOR EDUCATION CAMPS
Each year fourth and fifth grade students go to an Outdoor Education Camp. The fee for this camp is the responsibility of the parents. Attendance at Outdoor Education Camp is an extension of the grade level curriculum. Students who do not attend Outdoor Education Camp are considered absent and there is no provision on campus for their care, as all teachers participate in the camp.