FAQs

Q: What courses are taken by 6th, 7th, and 8th graders?

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Q: How am I going to know what math class I am in?

We offer all Deal students a thoughtful instructional plan. All of the teachers teach the same information to the students and change their teaching to make sure that they challenge you based on your ability. You will take a math diagnostic to help Deal teachers assess your math skills. Once you arrive at Deal, the Deal teachers and you will make a decision about your math course during the 1st Advisory.

Q: What does International Baccalaureate (IB) mean in simple terms?

The International Baccalaureate at Deal is a philosophy of learning and engagement that guides what we do and how we do it. It is built around the idea of planning education with the student in mind and that teachers do their best work when they work together to make sure that they are connecting ideas for students in their courses. For example, in English you may be reading a book of Chinese stories while you are studying ancient China in Social Studies class to really get you in the spirit of China.

Q: How much homework will there be, on average, for each class each night? 

You should expect homework in all of your classes each day, although it will vary by night. Your team teachers (ELA, Math, Science, and Humanities) meet twice a week to make sure that they do not assign you too much homework at one time. They also try to make sure that they do not schedule a test on the same day. You will have some homework over the weekends. 

Deal gives each student an Agenda Book to write down his or her homework assignments. Homework is also posted online. Check Aspen regularly for updates. There are also many opportunities during the day during lunch and after-school, for you to receive help on any assignment.

Q: Which clubs does Deal offer? When and how often do clubs meet? Are clubs open to all students, including 6th graders?

Deal offers many great clubs that are open to all students. There is an art club, a fencing club, an audio-visual club, a board game club, a cooking club, drum line, a math club, a reading club, a school play, rugby, a singing club, many sports clubs, student council, a yoga club, and many, many more. If Deal does not offer a club that you are interested in joining, just let us know and we will work with you to start a new club. The clubs meet at different times, some are before school, some are during lunch, and some are after school. And yes, they are open to all students! See list of clubs here.

Q: Which THEATER or music programs can I get involved in at Deal?

Deal is very proud of its music programs. We have exciting instrumental and choral options that should meet the desires of any musician! Join the jazz band, the concert band, the drum line, the concert choir, and a show choir! Each grade level will have musical for the whole school and your parents. In addition to these yearlong music opportunities, check our calendar or weekly news for tryouts and performance schedules.

Q: Which sports teams does Deal offer to students? Do you try out for each team? Will all students, including 6th graders, have a real chance to join a team, or are teams mostly reserved for older grades?

We offer a variety of sports teams for both boys and girls. Some sports, such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, and cheerleading, are competitive and students try out for them. Other sports such as cross-country, ultimate Frisbee, indoor track, outdoor track, fencing club, rugby club, and dance club are open to anyone.

There is an opportunity for all students to participate on a sports team. For each sports team, there will be an approximately equal mix of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. This will ensure that all students get an opportunity to participate.

Q: CAN I BRING A CELLPHONE TO SCHOOL? HOW ABOUT A KINDLE OR a LAPTOP?

Cellphones should be turned off and stored securely in the student’s locker throughout the school day. If a student has an emergency, he or she should visit the Welcome Center to use the school’s landline. Students should not bring personal laptops to school; however, Kindle or other electronic reading  devices are permitted. Students may use their Kindle before school, during lunch, and after school.