Named one of the five most innovative high school in the country*, the Dayton Early College Academy prepares urban, potential first-generation students for college. As part of a national network, early colleges are primarily designed for students who are generally underrepresented in post-secondary education- students from low-income families and students of color. DECA provides rigorous high school academic content along with access to college classes. In attaining their high school diploma, students can potentially earn up to two years of transferable college credit (Ohio Transfer Module).
DECA is a charter school venture sponsored by the local Dayton Public Schools and operated by the University of Dayton. DECA participates with the local colleges and universities including Sinclair Community College and Wright State University. Each DECA student has personalized, accelerated program guided by a personalized learning plan. The students do not have a pre-determined course set for them outside of the core course requirements, as their courses are student-driven based on student need. Therefore, each student transcript will reflect differences.
Currently in its seventh year operating with 379 students from grades 7th-12th, the Dayton Early College Academy operates on a quarterly calendar with four quarters per academic year. Courses range in length from one to four quarters with additional learning opportunities supplementing course offerings. DECA utilizes community-based and interdisciplinary learning (to include job shadow, internships, community service and independent research projects). In addition to traditional style courses, many DECA courses are classified as integrated. Students are given the opportunity to meet the core curriculum standards as outlined by the Ohio Department of Education.
The transcript of academic record will consist of a DECA transcript, college transcript(s), Ohio Graduation Test results, and ACT and/or SAT results. GPAs are calculated based on a 4.0 and 4.5 scale.
Evaluation of Academic Performance
DECA incorporates a mastery assessment model requiring students to address priority content and skills until operational understanding is demonstrated. A student’s performance in a course is recorded by means of a performance index:
can instruct others
|Meets all criteria;
can apply knowledge; operational understanding
|Meets criteria with assistance;
|Meets few or none of the performance criteria
To permit colleges to assess the relative performance of students, grades are determined by converting only the number of proficient and mastery Ohio Content Standards met. Please refer to the attached courses descriptions for specific details. CEEB/ACT SCHOOL CODE 365-127. Please click here for specific course descriptions.
Upon receiving a high school diploma from DECA, students complete all of the Ohio Academic Content Standards and are proficient on at least 75% of the content. One in three DECA students has completed a college-level course, with members of the charter graduating class earning an average of 26 college credits.*
*as designated by WestEd, a nonprofit research and service agency