General Programing and Curriculum
We have 12 school site locations that are uniquely developed within a standard curriculum structure. Most courses and activities are elective with only a few compulsory events. Weekly educational themes are selected to guide programing for activities. Our curriculum focuses on the development of social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills. Each teacher provides a weekly lesson in math, sciences, cultural studies and cooperative learning. Every lesson is carefully intertwined with fun activities that engage the students while educating. Each program has a dedicated table and teacher for homework assistance. In addition, once a week all students will participate in reading for at least 20 minutes.
There is a widely acknowledged, urgent need for improving and increasing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills among our students to navigate the modern world and access the opportunities it affords. Among students who are fortunate enough to have access to afterschool enrichment opportunities, the benefits of afterschool programs in general are well documented, showing positive impacts on both academic and behavioral development (Evaluations Backgrounder: A Summary of Formal Evaluations of Afterschool Programs’ Impact on Academics, Behavior, Safety and Family Life (2011). Afterschool Alliance).
Although, Dublin Latchkey’s curriculum addresses all areas of education, we have focused on STEM as our foundation. Dublin Latchkey has collaborated with many organization such as GirlStart, After-school Alliance STEM and 4-H to provide high quality STEM courses and programs.
The program aims to create a link between the school day and our after school program. The structure of the program may consist of homework completion, academic enrichment, daily reading or remediation. It is our hope to establish a direct line of communication with the classroom teacher to assist with any academic work or enrichment. Our goal is to bridge the school day, after-school and support at home to benefit the child's academic progress.
Dublin Latchkey has annual events across district and locally at each building. Each year students compete in our Art Contest and the Latchkey Olympics/Minute-to-win-it. Locally, many buildings hold events to celebrate cultural programs such as Chinese New Year’s, historical plays and world holiday celebrations and traditions.
Each year new guest speakers are brought to our site for the edification of our students. Past topics have been occupational (FBI, dentistry), educational resources (Metro Parks, Nature, Columbus Zoo) and educational programs (Zumba, baton twirling, Spark Jump rope Team), etc.
Dublin latchkey brings in instructors from all professional backgrounds to teach educational but fun curriculum such as robotics, sign language, Rembrandts, PBS's SciGirls STEM curriculum and Videography.
As a non-profit dedicated to the education of children, we feel strongly on teaching students the roll of a community and being a responsible member of a community. At each site, students are asked to participate in activities or tasks that benefit the their own latchkey community. In addition, we select local and national charities to raise awareness and support. The students learn about a needed cause and how they can make a difference.