The Dekalb Academy of Technology and the Environment (DATE) curriculum is a hands-on, minds-on, problem-solving, inquiry-based, integrated curriculum which will provide students with a foundation for understanding the world and their place in it. The environment, both natural and built, is the context for this curriculum, and technology is the means by which students will come to know, understand, and care for the environment which sustains us all.  The South River Watershed will be an important educational resource for DATE. This local environment will provide the context for much student learning, and students will get to know their home watershed in a holistic way through integrated, interdisciplinary education. Alfred North Whitehead in The Aims of Education said, "The solution which I am urging is to eradicate the fatal disconnection of subjects which kills the vitality of our modern curriculum. There is only one subject matter for education, and that is Life in all its manifestations. Our aim is to teach all the discrete subjects and skills of the elementary curriculum and to teach the interdependence of all the components—the ecology of the classroom." This can be done through watershed education. DATE’s classrooms will use technology to enhance student learning, and this will be done in intentional ways. Students will be asked to consider the need for and uses and impacts of technology as they come to know, understand, and use increasingly sophisticated technologies in the DATE curriculum.

Our rigorous curriculum includes clear learning outcomes with matching assessments, engaging learning experiences, and instructional strategies, organized in sequenced units of study, that ensure that all students achieve the desired end: the mastery of the content standards and maximized personal growth and development as a 21st learner prepared for college and the workplace. 

Classroom instruction is aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (

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