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DARE Programs

D.A.R.E. Elementary 

The Elementary Program provides children in grades K-4 with useful tools to use in the event they are faced with an unsafe situation.  


For DARE Officer certification in this program please contact the IDOA.

D.A.R.E. KiR (Keeping it R.E.A.L.) Core Curriculum 

The new D.A.R.E. keepin’ it REAL elementary curriculum continues many of the strengths of previous D.A.R.E. lessons, improvements have been made to be even more effective in encouraging students to lead safe, responsible, and drug-free lives. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The new theme of safe and responsible choices provides a framework for teaching about decision makg, risk, stress, communication, and peer pressure while providing youth with the information about drugs they need to make informed choices.
  • There are increased opportunities to practice the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model and apply it to real life situations.
  • The new curriculum covers a broad range of risks students face in their lives on a daily lives, including drugs, as well as other risks they are likely to face in the near future.
  • The skills are now taught through stories. This includes videos, situations and role plays, and journaling to give students the opportunity to practice skills, write, and plan for the future.
  • The curriculum is tied to emerging national educational standards. A table linking the lessons to the standards is included in this manual.
Keepin it R.E.A.L. Middle School 

As a follow up the KiR Middle School program provdies students with the necessary tools to succeed at a pivitol point in their young lives.  The program reintroduces students to the core values of the D.A.R.E. program, discusses risks, how to better resolve conflicts, R.E.A.L. (Refuse, Explain, Avoid, & Leave, norms, support networks and much more.  


For DARE officer certification in this program please contact the IDOA.  

DARE High School 

Provided as a follow up to the Core KiR and Middle School KiR School the High School DARE program looks to help students through a challenging time in their lives by providing them with information and resources to succeed. 



For DARE officer certification in this program please contact the IDOA.

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