Core curriculum

Language Arts

Students in Kindergarten through Second grades use the Roland Reading SuperKids series for reading, writing, spelling, conventions and phonics instruction.  This Orton-Gillingham- based series provides a sequential, diagnostic and research-based approach to the teaching of language arts.

Students in Third through Fifth grades use the McGraw-Hill Wonders anthology and support materials.  This program seamlessly incorporates grammar, writing, spelling and reading comprehension.  Teachers also include novels and non-fiction books to enrich this reading program.

Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop is used in grades three through eight to enrich the development of vocabulary.

All teachers in Kindergarten through Fourth grade have been trained in and use Handwriting Without Tears methods and materials for the instruction of handwriting.

Middle School students use a variety of materials when mastering content for English and Language Arts.  Materials include Pearson’s Prospectives consumable workbook, Glencoe Grammar and Language workbook, as well as novels and non-fiction books to enrich the curriculum.  

All students in Kindergarten through eighth grade are screened and supported in reading through the use of STAR testing.  Students also use online programs in Accelerated Reading assessments and iXL Learning to support mastery of skills.


Math is taught using hands on manipulatives as much as possible in the lower grades.  Hands on experiences lead to greater number sense which is a building block for higher and more abstract mathematical concepts used in algebra.  Students experience instruction in numbers, operations, geometry, patterns, measurement, data analysis and algebraic thinking.

Pre-k four students use Bridges in Mathematics, a playful and play-based sequential program designed to build mathematical thinkers.

Students in kindergarten through eighth use Sadlier Progress in Math as well as iXL software to support math instruction.  Students in middle school are instructed in Algebraic concepts based on their developmental readiness.  

Social Studies  

Social Studies is taught across all grade levels using a variety of materials.  Students in first through eighth use Gallopade International materials to support instruction in geography, history, and communities around us.  Students learn first about lives in their own community and then move on to learning about cultures, economies, and historical events in Georgia, the United States and countries in all continents of the world.  Projects and presentations are core elements in the assessment of social studies.  


Using the scientific method to explore the world around us is a key element in the teaching of science. Students use hands-on experiments, observations and critical thinking when learning about biological, physical and earth sciences. Teachers use a variety of materials including text books, trade books and online resources to support the instruction of science. Each year students participate in a STEAM Day filled with activities incorporating science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.


Greek & Spanish

Students in preschool through fifth grade participate in Greek lessons. These lessons include discussions and activities surrounding Greek culture, the alphabet, days of the week, months of the year, simple conversation, morphology, and writing. Beginning in sixth grade students may choose to continue the study of the Greek language or begin in the basics of Spanish.


Experiencing and creating art is the key to art classes at ADS.  Students work with different media such as paint, clay, paper and fiber and study various artists and create unique pieces individually as well as in groups while attending weekly art classes.

Physical Education

Twice weekly students attend P.E.  During this time students play games and practice sport skills addressing gross motor movement including basic skills of running, jumping, throwing, catching and striking.  In lower grades lead up games promote skill development. As students mature, more complex skills requiring a higher level of coordination are experienced in traditional game settings.


Music instruction includes the basic elements of music including rhythm, dynamics, melody, harmony, tone, and texture. Music history, types of music and annual school performances are all part of weekly music lessons.


Religion curriculum is taught in accordance with the Orthodox Christian faith. Students learn about Bible stories as well as lessons on prayer, saints, the Christian themes of love, forgiveness and kindness, major Church holidays, Church history, books of the Old and New Testament, and Church etiquette.