EPIIC is DCDS’s unique approach to learning—that goes beyond what students learn to focus on how students learn.
EPIIC is Experiential, Participatory, Image-Rich, Interdisciplinary, and Connected learning. It is the framework for building creative problem solvers and leaders in a global landscape and develop the complex, collaborative, and creative skills needed for future careers.
Students learn through activities and project-based learning. Teachers acting as project facilitators seek to not only help students find success, but also to engineer their initial failure. Specific experiences built into each grade level give students a constructive understanding of designing, prototyping, evaluating, and then modifying based on results and analysis.
Students of all ages play an active role in their education. While preschool students learn and interact through play, Middle School students are given the framework for a problem and utilize STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) concepts to determine possible solutions. By participating in lessons, concepts are more deeply engrained.
Young people today live in a visual world, and instruction must include vibrant, frequent imagery. The ability of our students to communicate and story-tell through images is not only critical to them, but to their success in the professional world. Every classroom at DCDS is equipped with interactive technology to display, record and create images.
DCDS teachers understand that the world beyond the classroom is not divided into clear academic areas. Our faculty develop connected lessons across diverse and challenging content areas. Upper School courses blend a wide variety of topics such as math, coding, art and creativity into one lesson to bridge content areas and even grade levels.
Connected learning brings the classroom to life by rooting lessons in a real-world context. Through partnerships with area businesses, hospitals, and community organizations, sister schools around the globe, alumni leaders in virtually every profession, and our senior project initiative, DCDS students forge unique connections with inspiring people, places and ideas.