Lattner Lower School » Curriculum


 1st - 6th Grade

Programs and Offerings


Grades 1-6 Curriculum


Language Arts - Dallas Academy utilizes the Orton-Gillingham approach to incorporate the five components essential to an effective reading program: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension strategies. This multi-sensory program incorporates the three pathways, which are: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual. Students receive direct, systematic, and sequential instruction that integrates listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, and critical thinking. Students work to improve reading through the use of a well balanced literacy approach which is differentiated to meet the needs and learning styles of each student. Students develop effective writing practices through developmentally appropriate lessons and activities that include instruction in grammar, the writing process, fundamental writing skills, and essential writing knowledge. These practices foster a community of writers who use writing flexibly and effectively to help them communicate their ideas and convey meaning.


Take Flight - Take Flight is a comprehensive intervention for students with Dyslexia. It is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The Take Flight curriculum is a sequential and structured language program designed to teach reading, spelling, handwriting and alphabet skills. Each lesson is built on the previous concept learned and content is regularly reviewed to enhance retention. Multisensory language instruction includes the direct teaching of each concept. The instructional plan for every student is based on continuous assessment of individual needs with the goal of content being mastered to the degree of automaticity.


Math - Dallas Academy uses the GO Math multisensory math program for grades 1-6. Interactive lessons utilize research based instructional approaches and differentiated instructional resources to ensure success for all students at appropriate levels of depth and rigor. Through daily hands-on activities provided during Math Applications, students are encouraged to develop and investigate solutions to everyday problems as they complete individualized tasks and engage in inquiry based learning to reinforce and strengthen their math knowledge. Students engage in peer to peer competitions, experiment with consumer math, solve algebraic and geometric puzzles, play math games, and more. They also use Accelerated Math online to work on specific individualized skills. Teaching for conceptual understanding, developing student’s procedural literacy, and promoting strategic competence through meaningful problem-solving investigations are three critical components of math instruction in the lower school.


Science - An orderly system of solving problems covering grade-level concepts through a discovery approach with “hands on” experiences. Many opportunities are given for the students to observe, measure, infer, make judgments, analyze data, test hypotheses, and conduct experiments on a regular basis.


Social Studies - Students are presented with grade-level subject matter covering history, geography, economics, government and political sciences. The class is enriched by an interdisciplinary approach including the arts and multi-media computer technology.


Physical Education - In PE, students participate in a wide range of activities to increase physical competence, health-related fitness, and enjoyment of physical activity so that they develop lifelong habits of a healthy lifestyle. Physical fitness, gross and motor skill development, endurance, flexibility, strength, knowledge of basic game strategies, and having fun through participation are the focus and goal of physical education.


Fine Arts - Students are presented with opportunities to develop appreciation for the arts and grow in their ability to utilize various mediums, creative interests and abilities.


Music Therapy and Drama - Students participate in music appreciation, relaxation techniques, and sound and rhythm activities. Students are also provided an opportunity to participate in seasonal show productions. The Annual DA Talent Show provides students an opportunity to display their talents to the general public. Private music lessons are also available.


Special Activities - Students take several field trips throughout the school year. Students have enjoyed trips to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, RISD’s Enterprise City, Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas World Aquarium, Heritage Village, Trinity River Audubon Center, Klyde Warren Park, George Bush Presidential Library, SPARK!, SMU Brown Bag Dance Series, the Greek Food Festival, Dallas Children's Theater, the Dallas Zoo, the Frisco RoughRiders Ballpark, among many others. In addition to field trips, students participate in numerous on-campus special events and activities.