Whole-Person Education

INNOVATION IN WHOLE-PERSON EDUCATION

While grounded in its 126-year tradition, DSHA is committed to a progressive, innovative, and integrated approach to education. Highly intentional about all aspects of the DSHA experience, the school recognizes the imperative to combine strong academics and superb college preparation with a deliberate and successful commitment to the development of the whole person.
The result: a school-wide commitment to grounding students in an understanding of and ability to manage their own wellness – intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional, and social during high school years and beyond. Woven into both the curriculum and co-curricular program, this approach makes a life-long impact on the formation of each student.

AREAS OF WHOLE-PERSON FOCUS:

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

From the rigorous academic curriculum and schedule suited to optimal learning, to the ALPHA Center and electives where students get to explore their passions, the DSHA academic environment is structured to prepare students for the college experience.

FAITH FORMATION

Whether planning for an all-school Mass in the Campus Ministry Center or leading peers in a small group on retreat, serving through VOCARE or taking a Wellness hour to pray, DSHA offers a variety of integrated options for spiritual growth.

WELLNESS

Consistent, built-in exercise over four years is integrated such that students reap the benefits of daily physical activity. This leads to sustained academic focus and performance, stress and anxiety reduction, improved sleep and additional physical, social and emotional benefits.

CO-CURRICULAR INVOLVEMENT

With the implementation of Dasher Time, students have deliberate, built-in opportunities to explore their passions through participation in a wide range of clubs, activities and student groups – during the school day. Students work together and serve one another through these offerings, benefiting from collaboration across a variety of disciplines – from robotics and social justice, to ministry opportunities and forensics.

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL GROWTH

With access to counselors – without missing class time – students are given more specific opportunities for growth in the Qualities of a DSHA Graduate, while Freshmen Seminar equips girls to make the most of their time at DSHA. In addition, Student Services distinguishes College Advising from School Counseling, so counselors are free to focus on the individual needs of each student.

Heather Moran Mansfield, Ph.D., DSHA Academic Dean

"Whole Person Education is the most comprehensive approach that education professionals practice today. This approach merges the most progressive medical, behavioral, and educational research about learning and connects this research to methodology in our classrooms, on our playing fields and in our service. At DSHA we go one step further, by researching, identifying and then deliberately applying how adolescent girls learn and thrive in an educational environment, opening far-reaching possibilities for personal and professional growth for every girl. At DSHA, a whole person education framework commits all of us to the most rigorous and extensive development of a student focused on her whole being: intellectual, spiritual, physical, social and emotional. Indeed, we are educating by “lighting a fire…not by filling a pail.”

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