In a quickly changing world, The Davis Academy is committed to preparing students for the future. Simply absorbing information is no longer enough. Davis Academy students prepare for 21st century challenges by learning analytical and critical thinking skills. From Mechina to Middle School, students use resources, including state-of-the-art technology, that allow independent exploration as well as collaboration and lots of creativity. Master teachers provide a learning environment that is challenging and active, yet always encouraging and nurturing. Teachers respond to each child’s individual strengths and needs . The Davis Academy philosophy believes that raising children to be confident, self advocates with a strong sense of identity and values will equip them for successful lives no matter what their chosen path.
The Davis Academy’s Mechina: Kindergarten Prep program prepares students for successful entry into The Davis Academy Kindergarten the following year. Now entering into its second decade, Mechina, Hebrew for preparation, is a highly-regarded, full-day program, designed to allow students who are ready for more than a preschool offers. Children are fully integrated into a curriculum that incorporates both 21st Century learning and the traditions and values of our heritage.
Who is Eligible for Mechina?
Students with summer birthdays who are eligible for kindergarten, but would benefit from receiving an additional year of academic, social, or emotional development before beginning kindergarten.
Students who turn 5 years of age during the Mechina year who are assessed as ready for a rigorous, full-day, dual-language, academic program in a school setting.
The elementary Math Program focuses on providing the students with the fundamental building blocks of mathematics necessary for future success in the studies of algebra, geometry, and statistics. The program is accelerated for our students in Mechina through Second Grade, who learn concepts from materials that are one year advanced of their chronological age. By Third Grade, there are multiple levels of math which enables our most accelerated students to progress at an even faster pace and experience even more enriched content. Coinciding with the acquisition of new mathematical skills, older students engage in projects based on statistical surveying and data analysis, as well as reading literature with mathematical themes and concepts.
Davis Middle School Mathematics is a differentiated curriculum focused on developing the student’s ability to integrate math skills and concepts in real-world applications across disciplines, as well as developing abstract thinking and problem solving. The curriculum is explorative and rigorous, built on foundations necessary for success in higher mathematics, and is based on the most recent National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards. As students progress through the Middle School Math curriculum, they become familiar with the properties of mathematics; the language of algebra; solving equations, adding, calculating rational numbers and integers; solving inequalities; understanding concepts of statistics and graphs; probability; applying algebra to geometry; measurement; introduction to trigonometry; and the study of polynomials. Students learn by balancing practice and skill development with hands-on activities, technology, and projects and investigations.
The Davis Academy places a strong emphasis on Language Arts and delivers a balanced literacy program at every grade level. Lower School students have two periods of Language Arts each day, and teachers incorporate whole group, small group and individual instruction to meet the needs of all learners. In the early grades, students are taught phonics and decoding skills through the Orton-Gillingham multisensory approach to give them a firm foundation in reading. Students learn to work independently and cooperatively with their peers in self-directed literacy centers that reinforce specific reading and writing skills and strategies. Concepts related to Judaic Studies, Social Studies, and Science are integrated into the literacy centers as well. Through guided reading groups and novel studies, students in all grades read authentic literature across all genres using selections pulled from our leveled book room. Davis students develop writing skills through instruction in vocabulary, grammar and writing techniques. We emphasize the importance of writing conventions and the elements of expository and narrative text while encouraging students to develop their own “voice” and style of writing. Students showcase their own publication at our annual “Young Author’s Night”.
The Davis Middle School Language Arts is designed to help students learn to think critically, utilize the writing process successfully, and make meaning out of the rich variety of their own experiences, texts and other forms of media. The program focuses on the development of the skills leading to success in reading and writing. Students engage in various types of writing that incorporate ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. They experience writing as a process that incorporates pre-writing, composing, evaluating, revising, editing, and publishing. Students also develop reading strategies for improved comprehension, including reading-response journals and text annotations. They practice summarizing while reading texts, making predictions, forming opinions, asking questions, making connections and inferences, and analyzing the author’s craft and figurative language. Students in each grade read a wide selection of texts, both in and out of class, and study vocabulary and root words using the Sadlier-Oxford vocabulary series. They work on grammar, usage and mechanics with the Exercises in English grammar program.
Our elementary Science program provides a complete and engaging hands-on curriculum focused on scientific foundations. Lessons and labs focus on life, earth and physical science. Students are encouraged to read, explore, absorb, and learn science through child-centered lectures, labs and fun activities which will expand and reinforce science concepts and literacy skills. Additionally, our students are introduced to and explore the scientific method while expanding their observation and analytical skills that are critical to their success in their future studies of physics, chemistry and biology.
The Davis Academy's Middle School science curriculum is designed to provide many areas of hands-on experimentation and exploration. Built upon the National Science Education Standards of The National Academy of Sciences, our curriculum teaches the following skills: unifying concepts and processes, science as inquiry, data gathering, research skills, forming inferences, and higher level problem solving skills. Students apply these skills through classroom activities, laboratory experiments, field trips, and activities designed to relate science to their daily lives. We facilitate students’ learning through inquiry Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science in addition to incorporating science and technology as well as relating science to students’ personal and social perspectives.
The Davis Academy Social Studies curriculum provides students with the essential skills to develop into responsible and moral citizens of the world. All grades, Mechina through Fifth, learn about the five Global Concepts: Power, Culture, Interdependence, Scarcity, and Change. Each concept allows for the students to broaden their awareness of the people, places, and spaces around them, including a self-awareness that promotes personal growth. Through thoughtful integration of Language Arts and Judaic Studies, students increase their understanding of history, geography, economics, civics and government, and culture.
The Davis Academy Middle School Social Studies curriculum encompasses: geography and history, civics and government, economics, research skills, and global concepts such as change, scarcity, interdependence, power, and culture. As they progress from Sixth to Eighth grade, students learn to master map and globe skills, chronology, interpret tables and charts, and analyze both primary and secondary sources. Sixth grade focuses on ancient history from prehistoric times to the Roman Empire. Units include ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, India, China, Rome, and all of the major religions of the world. Seventh grade is a hands-on journey of the world through a geographer’s eyes. The students explore each of the seven world regions through a series of case studies about environmental, human, and cultural resources and challenges. Eighth grade focuses on social, economic, and political themes from American history and civics. Units include colonization, the American Revolution, understanding the United States Constitution, the Civil War, and the early 20th century.
Jewish and Hebrew studies are central components of The Davis Academy core academic curriculum. The overarching goal of the Judaic Studies program is to empower students to see themselves as part of the unfolding narrative of the Jewish people. Our Hebrew courses utilizes the best curricular materials available for Hebrew language instruction. Click here for a full description of Jewish life and studies at The Davis Academy.
The fine arts are a lively, creative and important part of Davis Academy's curriculum from the youngest ages through Eighth Grade.Click here for a full description of the Fine Arts at Davis.
The Davis Academy Media Centers are state-of-the art facilities complete with thousands of resources available for student check out. Media Center specialists teach students how to navigate the library with information and research skills pertinent to the 21st century learner. We encourage the love of reading through interactive programming such as book clubs, Georgia Book Award voting, and events celebrating individuals who have significantly influenced literature. With the use of SMARTBoards, mobile technology, Web 2.0 tools, and other technology in dynamic learning spaces, students are able to collaborate on topics relevant to the Media Center and the center’s objective to support and encourage reading and the thoughtful use of technology.