How Dexter Works

Students receive live direct instruction from a  team of the best teachers on the planet, tutoring from well trained learning coaches, and feedback from an army of graders. Students may be remote, on-campus, or a combination of both.

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Direct Instruction

Students receive  direct instruction from a team of world-class educators. This instruction takes place through our online live streaming platform with moderated chat and interactive quizzes. This method of direct instruction reduces distractions and allows students to learn from world class experts.

Learning Coaches

One to one tutoring and mentoring shouldn't be a rarity. Students receive regular and on-demand tutoring from a team of coaches through small group private class, on platform messaging, academic house meetings, and regular course specific tutoring sessions.

Engaging Tasks

Reading and writing form the bedrock of Dexter tasks. As content knowledge is gained, students express their knowledge through hands-on projects. The task system provides students with multiple rounds of feedback until mastery is reached. The student dashboard clearly outlines student tasks and assessments.

"The achievement of high universal literacy is the key to all other fundamental improvements in American education."
- Dr. E.d. Hirsch

Core Knowledge

Surprisingly, most schools are anti-knowledge. In the age of Google, they question the utility of content and instead focus on more progressive attitudes towards teaching 'critical thinking'. This well-meaning approach is contrary to cognitive neuroscience and results in compounding academic gaps. At Dexter, we follow a predefined core knowledge curriculum with the aim of creating a baseline cultural literacy that'll enable your child to become a powerful member of society.

Active Learning

As a student develops  core knowledge across the disciplines they're encouraged to utilize and manifest their understanding through active learning projects. Learning at Dexter does not simply consist of staring at a screen all day, but instead orbits around building, coding, writing, drawing, sculpting, performing, designing, organizing, singing, and creating tangible artifacts. This project based approach takes place within a core knowledge framework that ensures  students aren't just having fun, but also developing themselves academically.

Emotional Health

An uncomfortable fact rarely discussed within the context of schooling is that teen suicide rates are at an all time high. We make intentional efforts to embed emotional and social development in both our curriculum and school culture. In one dimension, we embed the learning experience with meaning and purpose. In a other dimension, we help students learn to navigate conflict, interact with others in healthy ways, and to develop themselves as an healthy individual.

The Best Educators in the World

At Dexter, your child receives live instruction from the best educators on the planet.

Athena Brensberger

Astrophysics, City University of New York

Carson Ford

B.S. Exercise Physiology, Midwestern State University

Dawn Irvine

BFA, The California College of Arts and Crafts

Dr. Brian Lane

Ph.D. Physics, University of Florida

Dr. Chris Orban

Ph.D. Physics, Ohio State University

Dr. Julia Shaw

Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Masters in Psychology and Law, Maastricht University

Dr. Sian Proctor

Ph.D. in Science Education and M.S. in Geology, Arizona State University

Elizabeth Berg

M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College, a B.A. from Whitman College, and a Massachusetts teaching license in Theatre and English (grades K-12)

Jenny Ballif

Bachelor's in Crop Science and minor in Chemistry, Master's in Plant Science, Utah State University

Kennen Hutchison

Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, Northwestern University (pursuing), B.S. Microbiology, Western Illinois University

Lorena Asensio

Bachelor of Plastic Arts, studied at Santa Clara University in California

Maynard Okereke

Civil Engineering, University of Washington

Sunil Singh

Math, University of Toronto, B.Ed, Author of Pi of Life: The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics and Co-Author of Math Recess: Playful Learning for an Age of Digital Disruption

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Graduation Requirements

High School Graduation Requirements
Math
4 Credits Required
English Language Arts
4 Credits Required​
Science
4 Credits Strongly Recommended, 2 Credits Required​
Social Studies
4 Credits Strongly Recommended, 3 Credits Required​
Foreign Language
2 Credits Required​
Electives
6 Credits Recommended​
College or Math Contest Prep
1 Credit Recommended
Computer Science
1 Credit Required​

Middle School Graduation Requirements
Math
3 Credits Required
English Language Arts
3 Credits Required​
Science
3 Credits Strongly Recommended, 2 Credits Required​
Social Studies
2 Credits Required​
Electives
3 Credits Recommended​
Math Contest Prep
1 Credit Recommended​
Computer Science
1 Credit Required

Elementary Graduation Requirements
Math
3 Credits Required
English Language Arts
3 Credits Required​
Science
2 Credits Required​
Electives
2 Credits Recommended​