8:30am - 3:20pm. Elementary School is 3:15pm.
Yes. Dunn Prep Middle students can be dropped off as early as 8am. If you need to drop your child off earlier than this time, you can enroll them in the before care program for an additional fee. After care is also provided for an additional fee.
Students can be dropped off starting at 6:30 am and must be picked up no later than 6 pm.
Middle school is a unique time in a person's life and is very different from elementary school. Therefore, we are creating our middle school with the specific needs of the middle school child in mind. Our middle school model will look very different from our elementary model. The teenage years are a time of tremendous change. An adolescent's brain is rapidly growing and developing. By approaching instruction using the latest in brain research, teachers will tailor their instruction to what the students need from a brain perspective. Our smaller school and class size will help the children develop a strong self-identity and sense of belonging within the community. Our core value classes, including Bible, study skills, and a focus on emotional intelligence.
Our middle school students will have homework. Research does show a correlation between homework at the middle school level and student achievement. This is different from the elementary level, where Dunn Prep does not have homework and instead encourages other after school activities. As a result, we will be incorporating study skills instruction into our middle school model so that our children are prepared to take on this new responsibility.
Our new middle school building will have a multi-purpose room that we will utilize as a cafeteria. Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria. This is different from the elementary school, where students eat in the classrooms. However, students will bring their lunch. We will have the option for Chic-Fil-A on Wednesday and pizza on Friday.
Our school follows the Manatee County school calendar. Please refer to the calendar section of our website for specifics.
We use a standards-based grading system. Rather than a traditional letter grade system, standards-based grading provides students and families with much more detail about how the child is progressing in each subject area. Students receive a report card 4 times per year with 2 conferences during the year. Teachers are always available through email to answer parent questions about a child’s individual progress.
We use the SAT 10 and administer the test in April. This assessment is a nationally normed test and shows how our students are performing compared to students across the nation who are at the same grade level. Students are assessed in both reading and math.
Yes! We believe that field trips are a great way to bring learning to life. Our students take approximately one off-campus field trip per month.
Our goal is to partner with the Woodland Fine Arts Academy to offer a wide range of electives. These may include dance, theater, music, art, Spanish, technology, PE, and STEM classes. Other electives may be added based on the interests of the children and the expertise of the instructors.
We believe that students learn behavior in much the same way as they learn academics. When a child misbehaves, it is our job to figure out the root cause of the behavior. Rather than focus on punishment or humiliation, we use logical consequences that help the child to see the connection between their behavior and what happened as a result of the behavior. Our goal is to help decreased unwanted behaviors and increase engagement. All classrooms work to build their community through daily morning meetings and closing circles. In addition, all children receive social thinking instruction during their Enrichment time so that they can learn to think about others and how a person’s actions impact others. Finally, Dunn Prep is a RULER school, which is a program launched by Yale university. A team of our staff members traveled to Yale and were trained in this curriculum, which focuses on helping our students to become emotionally intelligent.
Yes. We have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program at our middle school. Please see the BYOD handout for specific information about this program. In addition, we will offer electives that are connected to technology.
We do not have uniforms. However, we do have a dress code that the students are expected to follow.