The full-time hours are from 9am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday with flexible drop off/pick up from 8-9am and 3:30-4:30pm. We follow a national holiday schedule and summer break takes place during the month of June - July. Dexter is still open during these times for summer camps and intensives.
We have a 15:1 educator to student ratio and strongly believe that students should have significantly more small group instruction and one on one tutoring.
The Dexter curriculum follows the requirements of the official state of Texas Foundations High School program and includes courses in mathematics, science, language usage, reading and writing, social students, foreign languages, the arts and additional extra-curricular topics. For each topic there are four levels of mastery that each student must complete. Closer to graduation, students complete their level 3 topics that include additional requirements like AP exams and oral assessments. The Dexter core curriculum aligns with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
Flexible drop off is from 8-9AM, this time is reserved for offline activities like chess, art or reading. From 9-11AM is the first DexWork period. Students are expected to work on coursework and assignments during this session. Facilitators work with students one to one or in small groups during this period. From 11-11:10AM students are expected to clean the space. From 11:15 - 12PM students are given an outside park break (weather permitting) where they engage in activities like volleyball, four square, jump rope, tree climbing, spike ball, and the like. Students then return for lunch from 12- 12:45PM, this is strictly a no screen lunch break. From 12:45-12:50PM students are expected to clean the space. The second DexWork period runs from 12:50 - 2:50PM. From 2:50 - 3:30PM students either meet in their peer groups (groups of different aged students tasked with completing a group project every Wednesday, Friday), electives (Spanish, Photography, Music Theory, and Chess) or their club (clubs meet every Tuesday or Thursday) ranging from Model United Nations to Robotics. A final cleanup session takes place at 3:30PM. The day ends with a flexible drop off period from 3:30 - 4:30PM where students are allowed both offline and productive online activities (like virtual reality, Minecraft, video production, etc.).
Dexter meets all state and federal requirements for private schooling. Additionally, we've initiated the process with a regional accreditation body with a reasonable expectation of accreditation prior to graduating our first students.
Yes! Each day students meet for small group instruction with a Dexter instructor. The nature of these group sessions encourage discussion, practice and application.
Mastery based learning is the principle that progression through the curriculum should be based on mastery and understanding, not just time. For more information on mastery based learning check out this great video by Khan Academy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWa48XRnLh0
Tuition is $545 per month paid over the 12 months of the year. There is a 4% discount applied if the full amount is paid up front and 3% for half amounts paid at the beginning of each semester.
Student safety is our first responsibility to our families. Multiple security layers and staff training insure a high level of safety. Additionally, Dexter is a zero bullying environment where students emotional safety is just as important as physical safety.
Dexter schools run on our proprietary software platform that integrates the physical and digital space. What this means in practice is that we use software not to isolate students behind screens, but to connect them in the real world. Additionally, every Dexter students gains a fluency in computer programming that is used across all subject areas.
At Dexter we value personal responsibility, discipline and kindness above all else. The application process begins with a digital essay and questionnaire. Select students are then invited to a weekend Dexter camp where they engage in group learning activities to determine culture fit.
Dexter students take a range of formal exams for diagnostic and mastery purposes. Each quarter students take the MAP assessment to form a baseline upon which academic growth may be objectively measured. Additionally, students regularly take additional examinations (SAT, AP exams, MathCounts, Noetic Competition exams, etc.).
Dexter accepts students ages 8 to 14 for the full-time program. Full-time students stay at Dexter until they complete the Dexter core curriculum graduation requirements (typically by the time they're 17-18 years old).
As Dexter students enter their level 3 topics, special attention is payed to preparation for the university admissions process. This includes preparation of their mastery based transcript, essay workshops, SAT preparation, AP exams, portfolio preparation and personal guidance by their learning coach.