Focusing on developing the whole child, the Dalton Plan tailors each student’s program to his or her needs, interests, and abilities; promotes both independence and dependability; and enhances the student’s social skills and sense of responsibility towards others. Encouraging cooperation and providing an environment of freedom, along with a three-part plan (House, Assignment, and Lab) continues to be the structural foundation of a Dalton education. HCAS builds on this educational plan and seeks to expand by providing innovative ways to educate each student.
Students are divided into three groups – Kindergarten (K), First Program (FP), and Middle and Upper School (MUS). K consists of K2 (typically 4 year olds) and K3 (typically 5 year olds). FP consists of grades 1 through 5, and MUS consists of grades 6-12, which separates grades 6-8 as Middle School and Upper School as grades 9-12. The academic year at HCAS runs on two semesters, which are further broken into quarters. There are two quarters in a semester and two semesters in a school year. Also, each quarter contains approximately 45 days of learning. At the end of Quarters 1 and 3, K and FP students will receive progress reports while MUS students take midterm exams. At the end of Quarters 2 and 4 (which is the same as the end of the semesters), MUS students take final exams, and report cards are released.