DPS In Depth


The diversity of our student body is matched only by the variety of our academic offerings. Students benefit from a solid academic program in our 28 schools and one special center.

Because students learn in different ways, DPS families will find single-gender, Montessori, place-based, dual-language, primary literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs at the preK-8 level and others that challenge students at the high school level. These include STEM at Thurgood Marshall, cutting-edge career pathways at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center, the International Baccalaureate program at Meadowdale, early college program at Dunbar, and visual and performing arts at Stivers School for the Arts. Students may also benefit from blended learning (online instruction coupled with face-to-face interaction with a classroom teacher). The Rosa Parks Early Learning Center specializes in preschool teaching and now includes kindergarten instruction.


DPS is partnering with the Dayton Foundation, the University of Dayton’s Raymond L. Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, and a host of local businesses and health and social service organizations to operate five DPS schools as community centers in the after-school hours. The centers are part of the district’s initiative to create strong neighborhood schools.

Passage of a 2002 bond issue led to the construction of 26 bright, safe, technology-ready schools for 21st century teaching and learning. State dollars provided 61 percent of the project’s funding; the local share of 39 percent was made possible by voter support.

There is no more important work than our dedication to education and the children we serve. We would not be able to achieve the milestones of the last year without the involvement of our families and support of our community partners.

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