Hello DECA families and soon to be DECA families! Welcome to the home of the coyotes! I am excited to share the following information about DECA with you!
Denair Elementary Charter Academy (DECA) is a dependent charter school of the Denair Unified School District for TK-5th grade students.
Part of DECA’s mission is to “provide students with an engaging, nurturing, equitable learning environment that promotes the development of skills necessary for the 21st century. DECA provides students with the opportunity to reach their full academic potential through critical thinking, effective communication, creativity and collaboration, with a multicultural and multilingual emphasis.” DECA has two program options for families when enrolling.
Traditional Program (beginning in transitional kindergarten): Classroom instruction is provided in English. Students receive thirty to forty minutes of Spanish instruction two to three days per week in the Language Lab.
Dual Language Immersion Program (beginning in kindergarten): Classroom instruction is provided in Spanish for a specific percentage of the week. In kindergarten 90% of the week is in Spanish, and Spanish Language Arts instruction is provided rather than English Language Arts instruction. As students move through the grade levels the percentage of Spanish instruction decreases while the percentage of English instruction increases until it becomes 50/50.
Beginning in first grade students participate in an elective rotation called “Academic Adventures.” Students rotate through a variety of electives each year. Electives may include, but are not limited to, performing arts, plant science/horticulture, health and nutrition, art, technology, and engineering design.
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is used on campus. PBIS is a framework to establish behavioral expectations and supports to create a positive school climate in which all students achieve social and academic success. There are school wide rules and behavior expectations as well as an incentive system to reward students when the expectations are followed. The rules are as follows:
I am a DECA coyote, so I keep in mind…I am safe, responsible, respectful and kind. Go DECA!
Students earn “Coyote Cash” from staff for following behavior expectations. Students can then redeem their “Coyote Cash” in the “Coyote Cave” store.
Part of DECA’s vision is to “provide a learning environment where students of all socio-economic levels and ethnic backgrounds embrace education, exhibit compassion, and accept personal responsibility.” Character education is taught using “Character Bound,” a program that is broken into three modules: kindness, integrity and citizenship. College awareness is taught via a college bound initiative. Each classroom is a college, and students learn about all facets of college through discussion, research, field trips, etc.
DECA is what it is because of our amazing students, staff, parents and community members! We encourage you to follow us on Facebook. We would love to tell you more about DECA or show you our amazing campus! Feel free to call or stop by the office for more information!