Yes! Each day students meet with their subject cohort for focused direct instruction. These sessions are developed by the Dexter core team and facilitated by an instructor. The primary difference at Dexter is that students spend much less time in direct instruction and that the nature of the group sessions encourage discussion, practice and application.
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 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.
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.
Dexter meets all existing state and federal requirements regarding private schooling and is currently on a roadmap towards accreditation by an international body.
Safety and security are our first responsibility to our families. Multiple security layers and staff training insure a level of safety not seen in existing school systems. Additionally, Dexter is a zero bullying environment where students emotional safety is just as importance as physical safety.
Dexter accepts students ages 8 to 15 for the full-time program and ages 8-17 for our after-school 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).
The full-time hours are from 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday. We follow national holidays and unlike public schools are open throughout the summer months. The after-school program is open from 3-6pm Monday through Friday (full-time students are welcomed to stay until 6pm).
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 three levels of difficultly that each student must complete. Closer to graduation, students complete their level 3 topics that include additional requirements like AP exams and oral assessments.
At Dexter we value personal responsibility, discipline and kindness above all else. The application process begins with a digital essay and questionnaire. The next step is an in-person visit to Dexter where potential students spend 2-3 hours working with existing Dexter students. This in-person visit is supervised and observed by an admissions team that makes an assessment of personality fit.
There is a 15 to 1 ratio between educator to students. Each student works with a dedicated learning coach and revolving facilitators.