Our Program

The New Dimensions School strives to incorporate the student, the family, and the community into our curriculum.  We encourage each child to take an active role in their learning process and in shaping the world around them.

Hands-on experiential learning is used to engage and interact with students in order to develop independent and critical thinking skills.  The goal of the school is to provide quality, cutting edge education while teaching students to love and appreciate learning.  The broader goal of the school is to prepare the children of Burke and surrounding counties for the best chance to succeed in a changing world.

We stress personal character development as well as social and community responsibility.  Each student in The New Dimensions School is expected to be a positive, contributing member of his or her class, demonstrating respect for individual differences, the environment, and the community; creating a supportive and nurturing setting where children can involve themselves fully in the learning process; and embracing individual and cultural diversity inside their classroom and in their community.

Our Curriculum

New Dimensions:  A Challenge Foundation Academy uses the Core Knowledge Sequence as its foundation curriculum for grades K-8.  This curriculum is based on the ideas presented by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. in his well known books Cultural Literacy and What Every American Needs to Know.

Our students develop cultural literacy as they are exposed to a broad range of historical, scientific, and cultural topics supported by art, music, technology, and foreign language.  Core Knowledge develops familiarity with the traditions and knowledge commonly shared by educated citizens in a society.  This curriculum eliminates many of the gaps and repetitions that frequently occur in a curriculum where textbooks and programs are selected at random.

We build strong literacy and mathematical foundations to support Core Knowledge Language Arts  and Eureka Math programs. In conjunction, New Dimensions integrates the North Carolina Course of Study for all subject areas to ensure that the key concepts are taught at each grade level.

Assessment & Standards

New Dimensions follows a multifaceted approach to documenting student success. Students are expected to accept responsibility for their learning and are guided by teachers who inspire them to be their very best.  A portfolio is kept during the year made up of student work samples, tests, and projects.

Students follow the North Carolina testing requirements, which include but are not limited to 3rd grade Beginning of Grade testing, 4th grade writing tests and End of Grade Tests (EOGs) for grades 3-6.  

At the beginning of the year, and again at the end of the year, New Dimensions uses STAR360 (Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading) to assess each individual student. The program identifies areas where additional help may be needed, provides tools to help both student and teacher address those areas, and finally, measures individual growth. 

NDS State Testing Results

I started attending New Dimensions in 2005 for Kindergarten.  My class was taught in the basement of New Hope Christian Church and later moved to Concord Street.  I remember enjoying field trips centered around the outdoors and team building. My teachers, especially Ms. Stanton, pushed me to do my best and then better.  I had the opportunity to take Spanish classes beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through eighth grade. The Core Knowledge curriculum taught at NDS has helped me succeed in high school because I have been exposed to some of the more complex topics taught in English, Science, and History.  The friendships I made at New Dimensions are still important to me today. For example, Julia McCombs and I started kindergarten together and will be graduating from Freedom High School together in June.  While at Freedom I have participated in Cross Country, Anchor Club, International Club, National Honors Society, Chemistry Club, Spirit Club, HOSA, and Student Government Association.  I have recently received my Girl Scout Gold Award after previously receiving my Bronze and Silver Awards. My Silver and Gold Award projects were completed at New Dimensions. I am proud that Julia and I were the first students to complete our entire Kindergarten through Eighth grade experience at New Dimensions.  I will be graduating in the top 1% of my class at Freedom and plan to study business at a university. I have been accepted to Elon and Clemson, but hope to hear good news back from Washington and Lee on April 1st. New Dimensions's rigorous curriculum helped prepare me for high school and the real world. ~Emily Robinson