Additional Learning Opportunities

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The immersive English environment of CDE is ideal for students to grow their confidence and skills. Class time introduces children to academic language and vocabulary, group projects encourage teamwork, and field trips give students the chance to use their target language in the real world.

English Language Arts (ELA)

This course is designed for near-fluent and native English speakers who want to challenge their language skills. Students explore language through word study work, read books, participate in critical thinking discussions, craft both creative fiction and nonfiction pieces, and reinforce their oral language skills by delivering presentations in front of their teachers and peers.


Our French program introduces children to the languages and cultures of French-speaking countries. The learning continues outside the classroom, as students sit at special lunch tables to gain additional speaking practice.


This exciting course draws upon Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics to guide inquiry, problem solving, and critical thinking. Based on the Design Thinking model, students learn foundational principles in Math and Science through design challenges and hands-on activities. STEAM is taught in English.

CDE Robotics


Once a week, students visit the state-of-the-art Campo Science Center for an exciting exposure to the principles of robotics. Each session is designed to help them develop a passion for programming, problem-solving, engineering, and creativity. Working with their peers and teacher, students explore engineering concepts through teamwork, construction, and imagination.


Each student also participates in a weekly science course that provides a hands-on, interactive look at the physical sciences.

Exploration Hour

Each afternoon, the language classes meet for an engaging project-based learning experience that is designed to reinforce language skills and creativity. Favorite activities include poetry, filmmaking, music video production, collaborative art projects, cheesemaking, and cooking.

CDE Creativity

Performing Arts

Our talented Dedicated Performing Arts Team prepares the children to perform an original musical and teaches them singing, dance, drama, musical theater, percussion, and even ukulele! Students showcase all their hard work at the Summer Arts Festival during the final week of each session.

Visual Arts

Special visual art classes allow children to express creativity through a variety of mediums, from painting to photography to ceramics. Projects are displayed at a Visual Arts Exhibition during the final week of each session.

Evening Activities

After dinner, counselors lead the children in activities that focus on teamwork and friendship. Favorite events include a luau and dance, a scavenger hunt across campus, the Ultimate Dance Off, a Harry Potter night, a game of Capture the Flag, and a Carnivale put on by the Middle School Program.

CDE Camping

Weekend Clubs

On Saturdays, boarding students take part in a number of exciting weekend clubs that are designed to teach children new skills in small groups. Recent activities have included paddleboarding, French cooking, landscape watercolor painting, hiking, and puppet-making.