Who We are
“Young adolescence is a pivotal time of physical, intellectual, social and emotional development, they experience more development at this age than any other stage in their lives with the exception of infancy”...Hart, L. (2017). Traits and Characteristics of Middle School Learners. Retrieved from oureverydaylife.com on October July 10, 2017.
At DelCampo School, we encourage educators to acknowledge the unique characteristics of middle school learners in order to maximize their learning experience.
While our curriculum is rigorous and our expectations are high, students are supported every step of the way by faculty who care deeply about their well-being and overall success. Individualized assistance is provided though counseling, mentoring, tutorial, and advisory programs. Our students have the ability to take calculated risks, think independently and globally with integrity and character, make decisions, adapt, and treat others with respect and kindness. Our students also learn responsibility and build self-confidence through our strong values program.
As you think about all of your education options, I hope you consider DCS. Our students love coming to school, and our faculty feel the same way. Feel free to make an appointment to visit our campus and experience it for yourselves.
Middle School Principal
Language Arts . . .
The goal of the English Language Arts program is to create literate, thoughtful communicators, capable of controlling language effectively. Students will refine specific skills and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing and will use these skills and strategies widely as tools for learning and reflection. Exploring a variety of resources, students will understand and appreciate language and literature as catalysts for deep thought and emotion. Each unit integrates the communication processes and contents.
Reading and Listening . . .
Our students become effective readers and listeners using strategies before, during, and after reading or listening to construct and extend meaning according to the text and purpose. They access background knowledge, survey structure, predict, question, summarize, clarify, visualize, draw conclusions, validate perceptions, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate.
Viewing . . .
In English Language Arts, students actively view visual texts by applying and refining strategies they use when reading and listening and learn new concepts specific to understanding visual media.
Writing and Speaking . . .
Our students use their knowledge of the nature, organization, and structure of language to improve as writers and speakers. Effective writers employ a recursive process that includes pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. In English Language Arts, students apply their understanding of language and the writing process to develop organized and coherent responses to literature, synthesize information, develop arguments for a variety of purposes, describe situations or events, and express their personal ideas.
Literature . . .
In Literature, students read, listen to, and view traditional and contemporary works to examine how authors, speakers, and directors use language, literary elements, and genres to provide their audiences with new insights and perspectives.
Language . . .
In English Language Arts, students use their knowledge of language to improve as communicators and to analyze the textual decisions authors make to influence voice, tone, and meaning in literary works.
Math . . .
The primary goal of the mathematics program is to develop flexible, creative, and confident problem solvers that feel challenged at the appropriate cognitive level. The curriculum requires students to think logically, critically, and analytically. Teachers model resourceful and creative ways to approach unfamiliar problems so students become independent. Students learn to effectively communicate their problem solving steps as well as how to assess correctness and appropriateness of solutions. At DelCampo starting 7th grade, students are placed either on the honors or intermediate course according to their math abilities and their performance throughout the year. The goals of the math program are to develop students who:
- feel challenged at the appropriate mathematical and developmental level.
- devise mathematical strategies for solving problems using concepts and procedures appropriately.
- develop patience and persistence when solving problems.
- use logic and mathematical reasoning to explain, justify and predict solutions and algorithms.
- communicate mathematics with appropriate symbols and language.
- appreciate the usefulness of mathematics and recognize its relationship with other disciplines, as well as with everyday life.
Science . . .
The Science Department works to provide hands-on learning experiences to all our students through investigation and experimentation. The department’s goal is to develop the students’ intellectual curiosity and independent thought through lessons on physical, biological, earth, and laboratory sciences. Students use scientific methodology and assessment to master core concepts. Emphasis is placed on experimentation, error and analysis, teamwork, written and verbal communication, and problem solving. Students are invited outside their classrooms and exposed to the green areas around campus, where investigation, exploration and real life experiences take place.
Spanish . . .
To forge a foundation of preparation at university and professional level, students should read broadly and deeply an extensive range of high-quality and increasingly difficult literary and informational texts.Through the wide reading of stories, dramas, poems and myths of Honduran and Latin American cultures and different periods, students acquire literary and cultural knowledge, as well as understanding of various structures and textual elements.
Spanish courses aim to develop the four main skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The Standards in this course are taken from the Honduran Ministry of Education.
Social Science . . .
Our Social studies creates awareness in students of the diversity and interdependence of the world and helps them to recognize the challenges and benefits of living in a world with multiple cultures and ideologies.Social Studies teaches children their roles and responsibilities particularly in relation to social and civic affairs. It helps students develop critical thinking abilities, prepares them to participate competently and productively as concerned citizens and teaches them to address societal and global concerns using literature, technology/ iPads and other resources. Social studies include history, geography, political science, economics and civics, ensuring the integration of the curriculum.
Our Social Science Department works closely with the English Department in order to support their Writing across the Curriculum initiative. The goal is to use project based learning, current events, maps, and guest speakers are welcome to classrooms to engage students and provide them with a well-rounded perspective.
Our student support services include transition and follow-up strategies to help our students adapt and thrive in Middle School. In addition, we provide parent education and community collaboration opportunities for families to understand this sensitive stage and help their children flourish. Student support services are a vital part of our comprehensive school program.
- Our students are matched with a mentor who dedicates quality time to ensure their overall well-being.
- A mentor can be a teacher, the principal, or the counselor. A trusted adult who a student can reach-out to discuss issues they perhaps would not discuss otherwise.
Pull Out Program
If students are struggling in a particular class, they are "pulled-out" of their regular class time in order to receive specific support according to specific needs. This support may include: leveling courses, special Spanish for foreign students, or individualized instruction. Students will then follow the rest of the schedule with their regular classroom.
Gifted & Talented Program
The gifted and talented program at DelCampo School is a needs-based program designed for those students who, when compared to their chronological peers, demonstrate exceptionally high levels of ability in one or more content areas. The programs provide additional and appropriate educational challenges and opportunities to meet the needs of these students. Students who have been identified as candidates for this program, take their courses at the Academy Building were they work with students in smaller groups.
Sports in Middle School
Middle School students are part of a well-organized sports program that include:
Track and field
Students choose one or two sports they would like to focus on throughout the year and participate in rigorous after schooltraining. In order to be part of AASCA or ABSH teams, athletes need to comply with academic and disciplinary requirements. Coaches focus on attitude, effort, well being, nutrition, values and participation.
In DelCampo, we believe that offering diversity in clubs and extracurricular activities plays an important role in adolescent life and in their future. Emphasis is placed on collaboration, socialization and community service.
Students may choose from a variety of extracurricular activities such as: sports, music, drama, social responsibility and community service, bible study, entrepreneurship, and many more.
DCS Enrichment Program seeks to encourage students to make deeper connections to learning while challenging each to strive for personal growth and expand their talents and interests. Our program offers extracurricular activities in a variety of disciplines and fields such as, homework lab, music, drama, writing and foreign language.
In Middle School, students develop skills for school success that will prepare them for high school and beyond. DCS tutors and program director can help your child with time management and organizational skills, as well as strong study habits. Students who need more help or extra-time benefit from this program as it reinforces fundamental skills in reading, writing, and math. Advanced students can take advantage of high school preview courses, which ensure they remain, challenged and motivated during Middle School.
Middle School students are invited to de part of a international program experience. BEO (British English Olympic) is a rigorous competition designed and organized by the Oxford International Education Group (OIEG), were student´s skills and talents are tested in many areas including: outstanding level of confidence, dramatization, debates, role-play and presentations amongst others.
Throughout this journey, our Middle School students not only concentrate in academic areas; furthermore, have the opportunity to display their values by engaging in an authentic cultural exchange, fraternity, community, and fellowship. Our students also have the chance to come in contact with a variety of cultures, strengthening their independence, social, and cultural abilities.
The Fine Arts Department is committed to inspiring students to greater levels of artistic expression and achievement and applying rigorous academic and performance standards in all disciplines.
The curriculum is designed to cultivate music literacy, improve technical skills, and provide the student with a means of expression for the creative voice that defines the musical experience. DelCampo School strives to create a challenging musical environment that encourages excellence through high expectations, hard work, support, and friendship.
School offers opportunities for students to participate in DCS's marching, concert, and symphonic bands as well as percussion ensembles.
Middle School Art is a class that introduces students to a variety of art media and sculpture with the intent to support expression and inspire creativity. They will use a variety of materials and work in different media, producing a wide range of work over the course of the school year. The students will discuss, read, and write about art.
Emotional expression, physical development and enhancement of social skills are some of the benefits of participating in dance lessons at DCS. Dance helps a child’s physical development in so many ways, from kinesthetic memory to artistic expression. Unlike other forms of exercise, dance uses the entire body. Your child will be working everything from their toes to their fingers! Dance, more often than not, involves more than one person. This means that in class time students will be able to interact with one another, put forward ideas and work within groups. This has a positive effect on the child’s social skills and self-confidence.
The Counseling Department is an important resource for your child as he experiences a time of much growth, accomplishment, and change. The Counselors work to help students develop the competencies necessary to make self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions. They also work with them to become successful contributors to our society, leading lives of service and excellence.
Social and emotional development affects academic growth; hence, Counselors play a critical role in helping provide support to students through classroom guidance lessons, group activities, one-on-one counseling sessions, and school-wide counseling initiatives.
The counseling program has the following goals:
- Assist students with the transition to middle school and help resolve academic, social, and personal issues.
- Support the emotional well-being of all students by being a confidential source of communication.
- Guide students towards developing future goals and objectives.
- Advise students on academic and extracurricular activities that are most suited to their strengths and interests.
- Help students achieve their future college and career goals.
- Help students develop interpersonal skills and become responsible, contributing citizens and adults.
- Conduct regular workshops for students, parents and staff.
- Communicate with parents and teachers with information related to students’ educational progress.
We look forward to welcoming you to DelCampo. During your stay, you are welcome to visit a class and request an on-campus interview with your division Principal. We strongly encourage you to get to know us better through a campus visit- we want to share all the great things we do. Our explicative website still does not do justice to all what DelCampo represents in a child’s life. Our green areas, active classrooms, happy children and friendly environment will make you want to become part of the DelCampo family.