Dayton Leadership Academies

A School Culture of Pride and Excellence


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To prepare our students for selective high schools, college and future careers our three prong approach is to:

1) Engage students in rigorous instruction to teach them to think critically, analyze complex texts, love reading, and solve math problems in multiple, creative ways.

2) Create a school culture that emphasizes college as the goal, rewards the positive, and celebrates progress and achievement.

3) Develop students into leaders who embody and internalize our core values through a research-based social-emotional curriculum, field experiences, and community service.

At Dayton Leadership Academies, our classrooms are filled with rigor and joy.

Curriculum: We use rigorous curriculum based on Common Core standards.

K-2 Core Knowledge Language Arts, Guided Reading and Accountable Independent Reading, and Eureka Math

3-8 Expeditionary Learning Language Arts, Guided Reading and Accountable Independent Reading, Eureka Math, Science Fusion, and TCI Social Studies

Assessments: We regularly monitor students’ growth and mastery of standards through i-Ready assessments and then use data to drive instruction.

Intervention: We provide small group instruction daily using guided reading, Leveled Literacy Instruction (LLI), Wilson Reading, Do The Math, and individualized learning for every student through i-Ready online instruction.

Resources: We offer a range of instructional technology – class set of Chromebooks and iPads, SmartBoards in every classroom, document cameras and e-voters in every classroom, and two computer labs. Teachers and students have access to guided reading library, novel sets, and math manipulatives.

“I am very excited to use the i-Ready Assessment. The value of the i-Ready Assessment is it allows the teacher to know exactly where a child is academically and provide specific lessons and differentiated instruction to Math and Reading concepts to ensure they are continually improving. It also provides meaningful data to teachers so they are able to assess what concepts the children have mastered and which ones need more instruction. It has literally saved hundreds of hours of classroom time where these types of assessments were typically done in the past. Having more time to teach and spend on meaningful lessons is more efficient and enables us to reach the highest level of learning possible.”

1st grade DLA Teacher