We offer classes at our community learning site in Dallas, which is located approximately 25 minutes west of Salem. Our classes are comprised of core classes and enrichment classes. Classes are offered at little or no cost to students, and allotment funds can be spent on class fees. On-site classes are an optional part of the DCS experience. The class schedule is updated three times per year and students work with their Guide to determine which classes best meet their academic and personal interests. All students enrolled in on-site classes are expected to meet class behavioral, age, and prerequisite standards and must be able to commit to attending and fully participating in all class meetings. DCS does not provide childcare for students who are not enrolled in classes, or for students who have a gap in their class schedule. Students not enrolled in classes cannot be left at the school site.
Core classes take place at the Dallas Community School site. Up to 30 students can enroll in morning core class, which are held from 8:00 or 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. Classes are taught by DCS Education Guides, who are licensed teachers. Class topics include reading, math, writing, history, science, and project-based learning. Students can enroll two or four mornings per week.
Enrichment Classes are taught by Community Educators who are subject matter experts. Classes take place at the DCS site or at other locations in the community/region. Classes typically take place in the afternoon, are 1-2 hours in length and take place 1-2 days per week. Student interests are reflected in enrichment classes, with topics including music, science, engineering, art, foreign language, PE, music, and more.
After students develop their Personalized Learning Plan, they can enroll in enrichment classes that meet the goals in their plan.