Building skills and exploring new areas of learning
The learning environment at Dakota Hills Middle Schools provides transition for the students as they move from elementary into their secondary years. Middle school education builds upon skills acquired in previous learning experiences and provides an opportunity to explore new areas of interest that will give direction for future choices. Instruction in the middle school places emphasis on the continued acquisition of basic skills and higher order thinking skills and acknowledges the impact of out-of-school activities on classroom learning. Learning activities begin in areas familiar to the learner and lead to new areas of interest
Our approach to learning emphasizes inquiry, exploration, practical application and cooperative learning. Learning opportunities are presented through a variety of instructional methods and are differentiated to reach varied ability levels.
At Dakota Hills, we understand that emerging adolescents are experiencing profound changes in the intellectual, physical, social and emotional areas of their lives. These changes call for a unique learning environment where students can mature, achieve success and be challenged at their own developmental rate.
Intellectually, middle school students are maturing in their thinking and need stimulating activities that develop their problem solving and critical thinking abilities. Physically, middle school students need to understand and to accept the changes in their bodies while assuming responsibility for their own well-being. Socially, middle school students must be provided an environment where they can positively interact with peers and adults. Emotionally, students are seeking their identity. Positive self-esteem, the need for recognition and the need for success in both academic and social situations are imperative.