The lives of Dunecrest American School students are diverse. They come to understand and prepare for the world as well as to be actively engaged in it. Community is an integral part of what it means to be a Dunecrest American School student. So too are moments where quiet reflection or one-on-one discussion allows insight into one’s identity and encourages personal growth to take place.
As Early Childhood Education and Elementary School students arrive at school, they are encouraged by a collective energy. This is an important time for students to experience and celebrate the diversity of friendships and their broader community. As the day formally begins, they will separate into specific tasks and focused effort. From the ingredients of storytelling to concrete explorations of mathematics concepts, from the lyrics of a song to the rigors of art, learning often occurs actively. Comprehension occurs together as much as it does alone, sparked equally by a teacher’s observation as by the thoughts of a fellow student. Relationships with each other and with teachers thrive through mutual inspiration. The capacity to learn intensifies throughout Middle School. Students encounter increased complexities and the realities of constant change, so life skills are emphasized. Physical education ramps up because healthy bodies enable healthy minds. Academic challenges continue to spread far and wide, encouraging students to excite and surprise themselves. High School students are engaged in focused activity, honing skills to serve them throughout life. They will grapple with moral questions through religion, English, and history courses. They will embody a playwright’s idea by acting it out. They will understand mobile technologies by writing code. They will converse in French or Spanish. There is so much to do. Alone and together, High School students engage in song, volunteer work, varsity sports, and preparation for college admissions. They publish, they plan, and they present. They share who they are becoming with the world. It is a very full life, yet marked all the while with moments of peaceful, reflective insight.