New principal joins Destin Christian Academy, Private school now accepting new students

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 05:11 PM.

Like Rocky Bayou, DCA offers Christian-based education with a smaller-sized classroom — the school's model is 15 students for every teacher. This enables teachers to pay closer attention to the student's academics.

"It's almost a hybrid version of having a tutor," Quilit said. "The teachers are very committed. They can communicate immediately if a student is having issues and tailor the needs for instruction."

The academy features special services such as talent development, a separate classroom for children who learn differently and pull-outs, where a child leaves his or her normal class for a small period of time. No matter the course of action, children are not stigmatized, Mosley said.

"Kids don't choose to learn differently," Mosley said. "You just have to get everybody eager to learn. That's the golden ticket. It's the hardest work you can do as a teacher."

Another teaching tactic is the use of technology with iPads and, hopefully, Quilit said, Mimio boards.

"The use of technology is not to replace the teacher, but to enhance the teacher," Quilit said.  

Parents are also engaged as part of the curriculum and play a major role in their children's education.

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