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Dalton Education

Dalton plan is a progressive educational plan developed by Helen Parkhurst in early 20th century.
Focusing on developing the whole child, Dalton plan tailors each student's program to his or her needs, interests, and abilities; to promote both independence and dependability; and to enhance the student's social skills and sense of responsibility toward others. Encouraging cooperation and providing environment of freedom, along with three-part plan (House, Assignment, and Lab) continues to be the structural foundation of a Dalton education. Cheongna Dalton School (CDS) builds upon this educational plan and seeks to expand by providing innovative ways to educate each student.

In addition to the Dalton educational structure, CDS utilizes five terms cycle followed by five assessments cycles per year. Being focused on content mastery, we believe that shorter terms and assessment cycles allow better learning experiences for our students as well as better measuring progress from teachers.

School is divided into three divisions First Program, middle school and high school. The First Program consists of grades Pre-Kindergarten to 4, middle school consists of grades 5 to 8 and high school consists of grades 9 to 12. CDS utilizes 50 minutes schedule for First Program, middle school the block schedule of 75 minutes for high school.

Time Table by Grade Level

First Program Middle School High School
Subjects 1&4 5&6 7&8 9 10 11 12
English Reading 5 (75min) 7 7 3(1) 3(1) 3(1)* 3(1)
Writing 5 (30 min)
Social Studies 2~3 (50 min) 3 3 3(1) 3(1) 3(1) 12(4)~15(5)
Mathematics 5 (50 min) 5 5 3(1) 3(1) 3(1)
Science 2~3 (50 min) 3 3 3(1) 3(1) 3(1)
**Korean 3 (50 min) 2 2 3(1) 3(1) 3(1)~6(2)
World Languages (Chinese, Spanish) 2 2
Electives 3(1)
Project
Initiative Program
Library 1 (50 min)
Fine Arts (Music, Art, Dance) Music 3 (50 min)
Art 3 (50 min)
4 4 3(1) 3(1)
Physical Education 3 (50 min) 3 3 3years(2)
3 3 3
Extra-curricular in Class 1 (50 min)
Total Number of Classes per week 33~35 32 32 22 22 19~22 15~18
Extra-curricular Activities 2 2 2 2 2 2
  • First Program : Pre-Kindergarten ~ grade 4
  • Middle School : grade 5~8
  • High School : grade 9~12
  • *(1) denotes 1 credit in high school.
  • 1 credit consists of 3 classes of 75 minutes per week per subject for one year.
  • School contact days are 180 days per year.
  • ** For grade 1 to 8, taking Korean language class is mandatory for Korean nationals

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