Elementary School

The Massachusetts D.A.R.E. program offers age-appropriate curricula designed to educate and empower students from pre-K to 6th grade.

D.A.R.E. Elementary School Curriculum Overview

The Massachusetts D.A.R.E. program provides age-appropriate curricula for pre-K to 6th-grade students. Pre-K to 2nd-grade learners engage in safety topics and basic Social Emotional Learning (SEL) through poster visits. For K-3 and 5-6 grades, our core offering is the research-backed keepin’ it REAL Elementary curriculum, proven to shape attitudes towards substance abuse, enhance social skills, and guide healthy decision-making.

Our approach emphasizes flexibility, allowing D.A.R.E. officers and school districts to customize subjects and class time to their needs. We prioritize active learning over traditional lectures, fostering a more engaging and participatory style of education.

5th – 6th Grade
Ten 45-minute evidence-based lessons are taught using foundational skills for drug-free lives.
Pre-K – 2nd Grade

Eight standalone health and safety posters are coupled with 15-minute lessons.

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Elementary School Curriculum

The keepin’ it REAL elementary curriculum is the core program for early grades (K-3) and elementary school students (5-6 grades).

Middle School Curriculum

D.A.R.E.’s keepin’ it REAL middle school curriculum serves as an extension of the elementary program, building on previously learned lessons.


Enhanced Lessons

The keepin’ it REAL curriculum offers three comprehensive and enhanced lessons aimed at educating kindergarten through 8th-grade students.