Pick Up and Drop Off Information
Please enter via the main entrance on 8th Street. When picking up your child, please enter via the entrance on Scott St. To exit the Scott St. exit, press the small doorbell button left of the door. Please call (940) 257-5254 if you have any issues entering or exiting the building.
Address: 719 Scott Avenue, Wichita Falls, TX, 76301 (entry and exit from Scott St. entrance)
What if your child was capable of more than you could possibly imagine?
A New Approach to Education
At Dexter we believe that the human mind is not a vessel to be filled with information, but a fire to be kindled. It's our goal to spark that flame in your child and provide them with the skills, mental models and experiences necessary to reach their full potential. We utilize an approach called Project Based Learning and a curriculum developed by real practitioners (engineers, scientists, graphic designers, etc.). Your student will develop competencies, not just accumulate information.
In order to do this, we need your help. Have your child show you their work, praise and reward them, provide critical feedback on how to improve it, have them explain how it actually works. All the while recognizing that learning is a process and not to be too focused on the immediate results. It's ok for your child to struggle and be confused - as educators and parents we must not rob them of that process. It's our job to provide the structure, direction, environment and resources they need and then to get out of their way. What they're truly capable of will shock you.
What is Project Based Learning?
Project Based Learning integrates knowing and doing. Students learn knowledge and elements of the core curriculum, but also apply what they know to solve authentic problems and produce results that matter. PBL students take advantage of digital tools to produce high quality, collaborative products. PBL refocuses education on the student, not the curriculum—a shift mandated by the global world, which rewards intangible assets such as drive, passion, creativity, empathy, and resiliency. These cannot be taught out of a textbook, but must be activated through experience.
Three Keys to Success
A roadmap to insure a succesful Dexter experience
Lead by Example
When was the last time you learned something new? Children learn a vast majority of their habits by observing and imitating their parents. If your child isn't a curious autodidactic, it might be because neither are you.
Do you shut down debate and dialogue at home? Your child should be comfortable with giving and receiving constructive feedback about how to improve. Creating an environment that uses logic and evidence is foundational for a healthy mental framework.
Contrary to popular belief, kids aren't subhumans... they're real humans! And while it's important to prepare them for the future, we can't neglect the present moment and their innate human desires to do things that matter. Create experiences and projects that have real life impact and meaning.
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