Areas of Development

In meeting the needs of individual children, the Early Childhood classrooms focus on the following developmental areas:

Fine Motor Development:
used to increase small muscle development.This may include manipulating puzzles, drawing, coloring, painting, beading, and manipulating print materials.

Cognitive Development:
use in our interactive learning environment.This includes the engagement with peers, adults, materials and activities.

Physical Development:
use in our interactive environment.This may include running, jumping, climbing, catching and ball playing, and structured outdoor time.

Social Development:
use to promote active learning experiences.This will be done by the use of many dramatic play experiences such as pretend play and role playing.

Mathematical skills and Critical Thinking:
used to increase all developmental areas.This may include phonological awareness, vocabulary knowledge, problem solving, creative planning, number concepts, and peer interactions.

used to increase positive self concepts.This may include the importance of human relationships such as peer interactions and adult/child interactions.This also includes peer negotiations, the ability to make choices and how to properly interact with others.

Family Involvement:
used to increase the educational ability of individual children.Parents are welcome to our open door policy and encouraged to participate in many child centered activities.They are also encouraged to participate in program planning such as study trips and holiday decorating.

What Parents are Saying

"DAIS is more than just a school.. we are a community. And I am so lucky to have my children growing up in such a loving, caring environment. The small classroom and warm environment at DAIS have provided my children with such a unique education... our family is grateful for the opportunity. My kid are excited every day they leave for school. The feel at home in the halls at DAIS and are having so much fun, they don't even realize they're learning!"
Jennifer (America)

"This is our fourth year at Dalian American International School. The teachers and administration at DAIS truly care, and do anything to help the students. We are seeing strong academics and small class sizes but learning here is also about building character. Our children are becoming well-rounded thinkers that see themselves as an important part of a bigger community."
Brianna (America)

"I have seen my children bloom educationally during the last two years while they have attended DAIS. The school has a focus on small class sizes, an excellent teaching staff and a friendly international environment which has created a positive learning atmosphere for my daughters. My kids look forward to school on a daily basis and I feel that says it all."
Nathalie (Canada)
Live on Campus and Walk to School

Campus Village is an international housing community integrated into the campus of Dalian American International School, and an important part of the school community. Your children can walk to school in a matter of minutes and avoid the chaos of Chinese streets. Visit the Campus Village website at to get more information.

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Address (English)

2 Dianchi Road; Golden Pebble Beach

Jinzhou New District

Dalian, P.R. China 116650

Address (Chinese Pinyin)

2 Dianchi Lu; Jinshitan

Jinzhou Xinqu

Dalian, Zhongguo 116650