Excellence in Education

David Emanuel Academy is dedicated to “Excellence in Education” and is bound together by families who recognize the necessity of investing in education. Our goal is to provide students with an academic program that prepares them to be successful in an institution of higher learning of their choice.

Individual attention is emphasized and extensive effort is made to provide students with a quality education in an environment conducive to learning. Our school provides opportunities for students to excel in academics, the arts, and athletics in a safe, orderly, Christian environment.

Lower School (Pre-K – 4th)

David Emanuel Academy’s lower school curriculum is based on the standards of the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills).  Our language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies programs utilize the ABeka classroom curriculum materials blended with teacher-led discovery and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities.

An ever expanding library supplements our Accelerated Reading program. Writing instruction is emphasized with applications across all the curriculum areas. Field trips and other experiential activities are used to enhance all curricular areas.

In addition to the core curriculum, our students receive daily instruction in Bible and physical education along with weekly enrichment classes taught by specialists in music and technology.  

Middle School (5th – 8th)

An effective middle school program is designed around the unique developmental needs of early adolescents (11-14 year olds).  Because the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional needs of this age group are different from either elementary or high school students, David Emanuel Academy has a customized educational program in the middle school.  It serves as a bridge between elementary school and high school.  It is not an exaggerated elementary school nor a miniature high school, but a blend of the two.  A team is a group of teachers who have the same group of students every day.  Their classrooms are clustered together in the same wing of the building. The team consists of four teachers who come together to teach science, language arts, social studies, and mathematics.  Our teachers are highly qualified and our schedule allows for enrichment, remediation, and extra-curricular academic competitions and clubs for our middle school students to engage in each day.

Our middle school also centers around ABeka language arts, science, social studies, and math with STEAM activities and teacher-led discovery activities.  In addition to the core curriculum, our students receive daily instruction in Bible and physical education along with weekly enrichment classes taught by specialists in music and technology.  

Upper School (9th – 12th)

The curriculum for upper school is designed to build upon our superior lower and middle school curriculum and instruction, preparing students for admission and success in colleges or universities.  Beginning in the 7th grade our classes are divided into two sections for some courses, particularly in mathematics, allowing for an accelerated program for those students who are ready for additional academic challenges.

Upper school teachers develop their own syllabus for each course, using the Christian College Preparatory Curriculum of ABeka and other textbooks of their choice for Advanced Placement courses.  A variety of other resources are used to enhance and enrich the coursework.  The specified course of study for students in grades 9-12 ensures that students meet both DEA’s diploma requirements and the entrance requirements for the University System of Georgia.  Additionally, Bible studies are incorporated throughout the entire ABeka curriculum.  Electives in various fields are offered as school resources allow.  The school also places emphasis on instructional technology and student proficiency in working with online learning resources.

DEA’s academic schedule is traditional, with students meeting each of their teachers on a daily basis. Our full-time guidance counselor assists students with scheduling classes, college admissions testing, college applications, scholarships, and academic recognition programs.

The upper school embraces a philosophy of full involvement for students in extracurricular opportunities including athletics, the arts, clubs, and community service. Teachers are expected to hold students accountable for their academic responsibilities, while providing reasonable flexibility to encourage student participation in a wide range of activities.

For an extensive overview of our upper school curriculum, please click here.

Literary Competition

The spring Literary program at David Emanuel Academy is also an active, successful program. Spring Literary events include 14 individual competitions in music, acting, speaking, writing, and spelling. This variety of events ensures that students with diverse talents have opportunities not only to participate, but also to showcase their abilities. Most events are solo events, but spring Literary also includes competitions in trio, quartet, and duo acting. DEA’s Literary program has also been successful with numerous state winners. The Literary team has achieved both region and state team awards. The program promotes self-confidence, individual responsibility and team spirit, excellence of performance, and the fun of using the talents that God has blessed our students with.

One-Act Play

David Emanuel Academy has a vital and successful One-Act Play program. One-Act Play competition takes place in the fall with region competition. A play must achieve either a first or second place finish in order to advance to the state competition that is held shortly after the completion of the region event. The high school students at DEA are particularly invested in the One-Act Play program which enjoys a high participation rate. The DEA One-Act Play team has advanced to state 13 of the past 15 years. The team was region champion 10 of the past 15 years. Our actors have received numerous All-Region and All-State acting awards. All of these achievements are a testament of the dedication of our students participating in extracurricular activities. The philosophy of One-Act Play is to provide opportunities for as many students as possible to discover and develop their many talents, to increase their self-confidence, to build bonds with their fellow teammates, to understand the importance of commitment and responsibility, to have fun while also working hard, and to create memories that last a lifetime.

Chapel

Chapel is an integral part of our school’s mission to meet our students’ academic, social, and spiritual needs. We attempt to foster an atmosphere of “Community” when we get together to worship our great God and Savior. All segments of our school family are involved. Our students are responsible for the planning and leading of our chapel services. Various students read Scripture and lead in prayer. Guest speakers are normally from churches that have students at DEA. Students and faculty participate in singing contemporary praise and worship songs at our services and faculty members dismiss our gatherings with prayer. Our desire is to develop a sense of belonging as we gather to worship our awesome God.

Student Government

Encouraging and supporting leadership skills among students is an important principle of a well-rounded education, and David Emanuel Academy embraces this responsibility in several ways, including a formal Student Council organization.

Membership on Student Council is comprised of the elected presidents and vice-presidents of each class, grades 5 through 12. These student leaders meet regularly under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. The purposes of the organization include promoting and encouraging leadership, organizing student activities, and providing DEA students with a voice in the governing of the school.

Beta Club

Mission Statement: “The purpose of The National Beta Club shall be to promote the ideals of character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students, to reward meritorious academic achievement and to encourage and assist students in continuing their education after high school.”

At David Emanuel Academy, Beta Club is currently offered to our high school students grades 9 through 12. To be eligible, students must achieve a 90 or above average for two (2) consecutive semesters. In order to remain in good standing, students must maintain a minimum average of 88. One of the big community projects DEA Beta Club members assist with is the Pennies for Patients Campaign. The funds, collected during a three-week period, benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Junior Beta Club is currently offered to our students grades 4 through 8.  To be eligible, students must achieve and maintain a 90 or above average for one semester.  DEA Junior Beta participates in the State Junior Beta Convention.  As part of the service project requirements, Junior Beta members participate in fundraising for the American Cancer Society.  These fundraisers include cake raffles, bake sales, as well as other opportunities to raise money for this worthy cause.  Junior Beta also collects soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald House as part of the state Junior Beta Club project.

4-H

“The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This mission is accomplished, through “hands on” learning experiences, focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.”
DEA offers membership in the Emanuel County 4-H Club program.  Students have  the opportunity to participate in District Project Achievement, Archery Team, Modified Trap Team, leadership workshops, summer camps, and all  judging teams.  DEA 4-H Club strives “To Make the Best Better.”

Comprehensive School Counseling Program

The Comprehensive School Counseling Program will provide opportunities to assist all students as they develop the competencies needed for academic and personal development, positive mental health, and effective life skills, resulting in college and career readiness for each student.