Learners are most engaged when the learning community challenges them with interesting and achievable objectives. Learning happens best with passion, challenge and the essential support to experience success. People discover their abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities in situations that offer adventure and the unexpected. At Dunecrest American School, students undertake tasks that require perseverance, fitness, craftsmanship, imagination, self-discipline, and significant achievement. A teacher’s primary task is to help students overcome their fears and discover their innate ability to innovate and solve real world problems. Individual and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear. The school culture is grounded in principles of trust, respect and responsibility. Faculty and staff continually teach students how to use their access to technology to enhance knowledge and learning. Students are encouraged to compete, not against each other, but with their own personal best and with rigorous standards of excellence.