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Schools for Innovation
Each school offers a supportive learning environment that promotes the intellectual, creative, social and physical well being of each child.
Thomas C. Miller Elementary
School for Innovation
This school has a special emphasis in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. In fact, TCM was recently recognized as the division’s first STEM school. The core content is woven through all classes creating an integrated approach to instruction. The units of instruction focus on a higher order of thinking skills and the standards of learning. The school also offers instructional activities in the areas of dance, theatre and visual arts and stresses creativity and developmentally appropriate practices in all grades.
School for Innovation
Economics, Spanish and science are the three focus areas that designate Dearington as an innovative school. From Kindergarten through second grade students focus on language and culture of Spanish speaking countries. In third through fifth grades students learn the basics of the Spanish language. A fully equipped lab motivates children during their science classes. And to emphasize the importance of good finances, the school is set up like a mini-society where all students are citizens with paying jobs. The students can use their “earnings” for prizes at the school store.
Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle
School For Innovation
Whether your child excels in math and science or loves the arts, DMS has a place for him/her. For the aspiring scientists, the middle school has a herpetology center, laserium and 500 gallon salt water touch tank. For those students who love the limelight, the award winning drama program and student produced television station should create a world of inspiration. On top of those unique courses, the school has extensive foreign language offerings. As an added bonus, students have the opportunity to achieve high school credit for drama and/or band in eighth grade.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 22, 2013
Our elementary Schools for Innovation (T. C. Miller and Dearington) offer exciting options for parents who appreciate a small school environment and additional emphasis on innovative focus areas such as science, economics, performing arts and early Spanish instruction.
- Dearington Elementary School for Innovation 2013 Application
- T. C. Miller Elementary School for Innovation 2013 Application
At the middle school level, P. L. Dunbar Middle School For Innovation offers additional programming in performing arts and foreign languages. In addition, the school uses a salt water touch tank, reptile center and laser lab to enhance science lessons.
Only those students who currently live outside the attendance zone of the school for innovation that they wish to attend need to apply.
For more information on these schools attend an open house. The schedule is below. Parents interested in year-round school click here.
2013-2014 SCHEDULE FOR SCHOOLS FOR INNOVATION SELECTION PROCESS
|2/8/13||The Schools for Innovation (SFI) will distribute the Pre-Kindergarten Survey to Dearington (DESI) and T C Miller (TCM) Elementary SFI in-zone students only.|
The elementary and middle schools will distribute letters/applications to students:
|DUNBAR – Play: Rally Round the Flag, Boys!|
|2/14/13||DESI – Muffins with Mom (Network Session with Parents and Students) 9:15 a.m.|
|2/21/13||DESI – Tea and Tour with the Principal 1:45-3:00 p.m.|
|2/28/13||TCM – Open Performance 1:30 p.m.|
|3/1/13||TCM – Open House/Coffee with the Principal 9:30 a.m.|
|3/1/13||Parents should return the Pre-Kindergarten Survey to DESI or TCM.|
|3/1/13||DESI – Donuts with Dad (Network Session with Parents and Students) 9:15 a.m.|
|3/13/13||DUNBAR – Evening of Innovation - Program & Application Overview 5:30 p.m; Main Program 6:00 p.m.|
|3/22/13||DESI – Open House - A Premiere of Innovations 9:30 a.m.-noon|
|3/22/13||SFI Application Deadline at the School Administration Building in the department of information technology at 4:30 p.m.|
|4/11/13||The department of information technology will mail the acceptance and waiting list letters to parents that applied to one of the Schools for Innovation before the application deadline.|
|4/25/13||Deadline for parent/student responses to the 4/11/2013 student acceptance letters.|
|4/26/13||The department of information technology will call parents who have not returned the response forms, which are on the bottom of the 4/11/2013 student acceptance letters.|
|4/30/13||The department of information technology will mail the confirmation and decline letters to parents.|
For further information on the SFI application and selection process, please contact the department of information technology by email at email@example.com or by phone at (434) 515-5017.
The deadline to apply to one of Schools For Innovation for the 2013-2014 school year is March 22, 2013.
Visit our Schools and Meet our Staff
Dearington Elementary School for Innovation
Mr. Daniel Rule, Principal
210 Smyth Street
Lynchburg, VA 24501
T. C. Miller Elementary School for Innovation
Mrs. Amy Huskin, Principal
600 Mansfield Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501-3340
P. L. Dunbar Middle School for Innovation
Ms. Kacey Crabbe, Principal
1200-1208 Polk Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504-3149