Classes – Winter Term 2018-2019

Winter Term Syllabi, Lesson Plans and Resources for classes taught by our DCS Guides can be found mostly on our Planbook site

Some lesson plans and syllabi from our Community Educators can be found in this Google Drive Folder

To see the list of classes your child(ren) are registered for in Active.comuse this link and don’t just enter “” in your browser (which will take you to a general site and not the DCS Winter Term registrations). After you log in, click on “My Programs” at the top of the page. 

Below you will find the schedule of classes offered through DCS for winter term (Jan. 14 through March 23, 2019). 

Our schedule lists the times, names (or subjects) and grade levels of each class. So for example, “Art – 3-6” will be for grades 3-6. As usual at DCS, grade levels are recommended age levels, but we can be somewhat flexible with the actual age levels for each class based on children’s ability levels (ask your guide if you have any special requests). In the Active online system, you can read full descriptions for each class. You can also find Winter Term Course Descriptions – by day of the week  here or Winter Term Course Descriptions – listed alphabetically by course title here. However, double check the course names, times, and descriptions in as they’re may have been some minor changes.

Parents will be able to enroll students for one class, multiple separate classes, a full day of classes, morning or afternoon blocks, or multiple full days of classes, as desired (not required – all classes are optional). We do have a  family-room area where parents can wait with younger siblings for one or two hours while students are in class. We will also be offering a few supervised independent–study periods when students can work on self-directed projects, reading, online classes or curriculum related to their home learning under the guidance of an educator. Enrollment in independent-study sessions MUST be pre-approved by a DCS Guide before enrolling, parents and students must sign the Independent Study Agreement, and students must be able to work independently on assignments, projects, reading or online classes which have been pre-assigned by by their learning coach (parent).

You can find Winter Term Course Descriptions – by Day of the Week   here

or Winter Term Course Descriptions – Alphabetical by Course Title here.

Online enrollment through the registration system will begin at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 12. We encourage parents to enroll before Wednesday, December 19. At that time, we will need to send instructors the number of students in their classes and make decisions about cancelling classes due to low enrollment. Technically, the enrollment system will remain open until the day before the first class for classes that are still open, in case parents need to add or change classes. However, many classes fill up early, so the earlier you register, the better chance you have of getting the classes you want. Final approval for class enrollment is up to the guides (based on students’ PLPs, needs, and abilities, among other criteria).

If you have not yet registered yourself and your child(ren) in the system, you will be able to create your account and add students during the registration process. For any questions, please contact us at or (503) 420-4360.

There is a $10 fee for every class offered through DCS which will be deducted from your child’s Class and Field Trip Allotment Funds ($300). Each class you register for is $10 (whether one hour, two hour, or twice per week). This $10 fee is nonrefundable, and will not show up in the online course registration system but will be automatically taken out of your “Class and Field Trip Allotment Funds” in our accounting system. Sometimes classes will require additional materials fees – these will be reflected in the online registration system. Materials fees for DCS classes are paid for out of each student’s Regular Allotment Funds ($700).  Your Education Guide can help you arrange to use allotment funds for classes and materials fees,  or the parent can pay out-of-pocket. Please make payment arrangements with your EG. All materials fees are listed in the online course catalog (

Wait List Policy for DCS Classes

Winter term starts on Monday, January 14. Students are confirmed in classes they have been registered for unless they are still on the waitlist. We want to let everyone know what to do if you are still on a waiting list for a DCS class. First, check your emails – you will have received an email from with any class confirmations or waitlist notifications. OR you can log in to our portal to see every child’s schedule and waitlisted classes. We have tried hard to squeeze extra kids into classes or move classes to the bigger classroom in order to accommodate more kids if there is a waitlist for a class. There will also be a lot of flux in the first couple of weeks as families try to work out transportation, coordinate schedules with siblings, and make other decisions about class schedules.

If your child(ren) are on a wait list, you have two options during this first two weeks:

  1. Keep them home (or elsewhere) during that time period and wait to see if you receive an email confirming that they have been registered into the class from the waitlist (then bring them to that class the following week)
  2. If you are available for that period of time, bring them to DCS and see if there is room in the class that day. If not, you will have to stay with them in the family room or take the to the library or elsewhere offsite until their next class.

For students in grades two and up, we may end up opening more Independent Study sessions during certain periods – we will let you know in next week’s eNewsletter if so.

Online enrollment through the registration system will begin at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 12. We encourage parents to enroll before Wednesday, December 19. Make sure you use this link and don’t just enter “” in your browser (which will take you to a general site and not the DCS Winter Term registrations).