Our greatest contribution is to be sure there is a teacher in every classroom who cares that every student, every day, learns and grows and feels like a real human being.~ Donald O. Clifton
Balanced Learning Environments in classrooms let kids choose the environment best for their learning style. These include specialized work stations, special lighting, and specially trained staff. If students feel restless or unable to focus, they are encouraged to move around to find the space that works best for them at that time.
Spiritual Life Services give all children at DMS the opportunity to examine their spiritual beliefs and find hope. Spiritual life programming is voluntary, meaning children are not forced to participate in religious activities. Teachers are free to incorporate their Christian faith into the curriculum.
Occupational Therapy teaches children how to filter out unimportant sensory information coming at them from all their senses—touch, sound, sight, movement, body awareness, taste, and smell. In-school occupational therapists work with students to assess and treat sensory processing issues. They help students find positive and appropriate ways to address their sensory needs, both in school and in the residential environment.
Trauma-informed care addresses the significant trauma most of our children have experienced. Instead of looking at children and asking, “What is wrong with this child?” we ask, “What happened to this child?” We understand that children’s behaviors all serve a purpose, so instead of punishing them for their behaviors, we find out the reasons behind the behaviors and help them develop new, more appropriate ways, to cope with their feelings and emotions.
Social-Emotional Learning is aimed at building the mindsets, skills, and attitudes that enable students to succeed in school and in life.
Most of the children admitted to a residential treatment program at the Ranch attend Dakota Memorial School. We gather the education records and any other information we need during the residential admissions process.
You can also enroll your child in Dakota Memorial School as a Day Student, while they continue to live at home. The admissions process at DMS includes the completion of an application packet, as well as the submission of education records, health records, and releases of information. You must also obtain a signed contract from the child’s school district of residence.
Dakota Memorial School does not discriminate in admission, employment or administration of its programs based upon race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion or handicap.