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Beyond the Classroom

CDS believes some of the best learning happens outside the classroom. Eagerly anticipated, the Middle School class trips have traditionally been a highlight of the school year. Each grade level trip is carefully and purposely designed to provide our students with a safe, rewarding, and positive experience that builds on the curriculum and expands students’ horizons. In addition to making connections between their classroom learning and the world around them, these trips also allow students the opportunity to bond as a class, gain independence, and create lifelong memories. All of the overnight grade level trips include a service as action component.

Click on each image below to read more about our Patriots on the Road trips.

6th Gr. Space Coast

6th Grade Trip to Kennedy Space Center

6th Gr. Nature's Classroom

6th Grade Trip to Kennedy Space Center

7th Gr. Crystal River

7th Grade Crystal River

8th Gr. Washington D.C.

8th Grade Washington D.C.

8th Gr. Québec

8th Grade Washington D.C.

Middle School FLEX Program

Middle school is a wonderful time for exploration and discovery, and students are encouraged to try something new.  From Model UN, Math Counts, and Art Club, the Middle School FLEX (Flexible Learning EXperiences) Program offers something for everyone.  FLEX activities meet before school, during lunch, and after school. Below you will find a chart of morning and afternoon academic help and enrichment sessions, along with a host of clubs and organizations to pique your child's interest. Participation in clubs and activities can enhance the students’ quality of life. Being active in a club is an excellent way for students to become more involved in their CDS community, develop leadership skills, enrich their academic experience, and participate in service opportunities. These opportunities are all free of charge unless they win a competition that requires further registration fees and travel.

Unless noted otherwise, all before school programs meet from 7:40 am - 8:10 am. All after school sessions are from 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Children who are not picked up promptly by 3:30 after an activity, will be directed to the middle school study hall located in the lounge until their ride home arrives. 

Each quarter options may change slightly due to various schedule and duty changes, along with interest levels.  Any changes will be announced on Schoology and in Thursday Folder.

In addition to the programs listed on the FLEX Menu, students will be able to sign up to be involved in Student Council committees. Qualified 8th graders can apply for membership in the Patriot Society and a number of honor societies.

FLEX SCHEDULE