Destiny School of the Arts

Elementary

K – 5th Grade

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Elementary Program

Destiny School of the Arts’ elementary program integrates  academics and the arts to provide a well-balanced and comprehensive education for our students. The arts have unfortunately been minimized or omitted from many school environments. However, we have purposefully done the exact opposite at Destiny. We believe that arts integration richly adds to a child’s academic experience, as well as to their creative and intellectual potential.

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will open on January 11, 2022.

Curriculum

  • At Destiny School of the Arts, we have developed a unique curriculum scope and sequence to aid us in meeting all of our learning objectives. Our primary curriculum resource for both math and language arts is the Abeka curriculum. We chose Abeka because of its approach to build from the simple to the complex and frequent spiraling approach of introducing new material while consistently reviewing what was learned previously. Our teachers have found it to be both rigorous and effective.

    Our primary resource for our science curriculum is FOSS (Full Option Science System), a research-based curriculum developed to help students learn and deeply think about scientific concepts through hands-on experimentation and analysis. Over the last 7 years, our teachers have developed our own social studies curriculum that harmonizes with the Virginia Standards of Learning and covers American history (from the 1400’s until present day), world geography, economics, historic figures, and good citizenship. 

    Formative and summative forms of assessment are utilized throughout the year. While we incorporate these assessments, we are not a “test-driven” school. Our curriculum focuses on collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, character, and communication, also known as the “5 C’s.” We believe these skills to be imperative and beneficial to students as they develop into 21st century citizens.

    We also emphasize the importance of creating a culture of kindness, treating others the way we would like to be treated, and demonstrating Judeo-Christian principles, such as honesty, responsibility, and integrity.

    We value teacher expertise, best practices, and quality resources. Teachers and administrative staff regularly collaborate to adapt and improve teaching methods and our curriculum. One important approach at Destiny School of the Arts is to teach across the curriculum. We strongly believe that our approach to instruction creates meaningful experiences that ultimately result in true learning for our students!

  • Art
    Every child has a creative side and most love to get their hands dirty! Our art program capitalizes on children’s natural creative impulses to develop works of art and simultaneously learn the fundamental elements, techniques, and history of art.  

    Creative Movement
    Creative Movement in elementary school focuses on dance, athletics, and health. In one quarter, students may learn the basics of jazz dance, basketball, and the skeletal system.

    Music
    Students learn music theory and history as they learn to sing and perform in choral ensembles, as well as play rhythm sticks, handbells, and recorders. In the 2nd grade, students are placed in either a piano or percussion track which they will remain in through the 5th grade. In addition, students in 3rd – 7th grade are given the opportunity to audition for our After-School Performance Club. This club features singers and band members that perform in the Leesburg parade and several other local venues. 

    Drama
    Our drama class includes theater, etiquette, and public speaking components. Confidence is gleaned as students express themselves through this empowering and magical art form.

    Additional Enrichment Classes
    Spanish (beginning in kindergarten), technology (beginning in 2nd grade), and life skills and passion projects (beginning in 3rd Grade) are also important classes offered at Destiny School of the Arts. In addition to these program components, our teachers  take students outside for lunch, recess, and outdoor exploration (a class wholly devoted to exploring the ecology and wonder of outdoors). 

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