The mission of Dixon Educational Learning Academy is to ensure academic success for our students and all stakeholders through improved educational techniques, providing a safe environment and enhanced community involvement.
School of the Week: Dixon Educational Learning Academy
Posted on May 19, 2014
More than 100 girls, family members and staff from Dixon Educational Learning Academy are set to enjoy a fun-filled overnight stay in Dundee, Michigan at a splash park and hotel, with proceeds fully covered by donations from partners like Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, the Department of Human Services, Dixon staff and others.
The “Girls Lock-In for Dixon” event, which typically happens at the school in the gymnasium and has included games, workshops, movies, mini-manicures, crafts and so much more, is not new and is not an anomaly for this school community which considers itself a family.
Indeed, long before DPS launched a program where 21 schools will serve as Community Schools, open longer days and offering services for students and families, Dixon has been quietly creating a Community School setting with a purposeful patchwork quilt of staff, partners, parents, non-profit organizations, churches, volunteers and corporations working together for the betterment of Dixon students.
“We do this family-style,” said Principal Dr. Ora Beard. “This school is not an application school. We take every child who walks through the door, and we take responsibility for providing an excellent education for those children. We do that together with a great staff, parents and partners and high expectations. And I insist on the best for our children.”
Offering a rigorous, engaging curriculum certainly is the linchpin of the Dixon model, including a Mandarin Chinese class for grades K-4, extended time for reading and math and an emphasis on attendance. And the school radiates tech-savvy with SMART boards and SMART tables in many of the classrooms.
But staff members, like Kindergarten teacher LaVonna Evans, say that creating a family atmosphere is the key ingredient to the school’s success.
That starts from the moment students enter the door in the morning when Evans and other teachers monitor and greet students for 30 minutes before the start of class. This gives her and others a chance to interact with students – outside of academic settings – and ask them questions about their daily lives and identify problems or issues that the school and its partners can help address. Sometimes those small interactions lead to extra assistance for families or a recommended trip to the school clinic. Other times, a warm hug is the prescription.
“When they know they have a caring teacher who wants to be involved in their lives, students are more eager to come in and be ready to learn,” Evans said.
Read the full story:
Watch Now! Learn more about Dixon Educational Learning Academy.
Offerings for School Community
Second Cup of Coffee, Food Bank, Healthy Living, LSCO, Parent Workshops, and GED classes
Navy blue pants with yellow golf shirt