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The curriculum and environment at CDWS is designed to guide students to become lifelong learners who are motivated from within by a natural curiosity and a love for knowledge. We value intellectual growth equally with social and emotional development, aiming to empower every student with the traits that will help them be high-achieving, well-rounded individuals long after they graduate: Character, Cognition, Practices, Citizenship, and Wellbeing.


  • Social Responsibility:
    Endeavor to contribute to the welfare of our environment and society at large.

  • Integrity:
    Demonstrate ethical awareness, honesty and fairness.

  • Resilience:
    Approach ideas and others with an open mind, adaptability and persistence. 

  • Compassion:
    Exhibit empathy, kindness, and patience toward others.

  • Respect:
    Celebrate and value all perspectives, experiences and diversity.



  • Understanding:
    Comprehend and articulate meaning of ideas and information.

  • Applying:
    Actualize knowledge in problem-solving new ideas.

  • Analyzing:
    Process information to form new connections between ideas.

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  • Collaboration:
    Work together to share ideas, problem-solve, and work toward common goals.

  • Motivation:
    Approach learning with
    an intrinsic desire to learn and grow.

  • Ambition:
    Take initiative to enthusiastically aspire to reach new heights academically.

  • Innovation:
    Seek new and improved methods of learning and doing through curiosity, invention, and exploration.


  • Cognizance:
    Recognize and respect diversity and a variance of perspectives.

  • Commitment:
    Engage in responsible, appropriate actions to implement change and seek solutions for the betterment of society.

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  • Mindfulness:
    Engage in focused, non-judgmental attention to the present moment and develop self-awareness skills.

  • Community:
    Engage in selfless service, compassion, forgiveness, and empathy to cultivate strong value systems related to collective development and self-awareness.

  • Self Curiosity:
    Cultivate emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and self-understanding.

  • Contentment & Balance:
    Adopt the perspective that all emotions are an important part of the
    human experience.

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