D.A.R.E. is a cooperative program in which law enforcement and the school district join together to educate students about the personal and social consequences of substance abuse. The D.A.R.E. lessons and follow-up activities also focus on strategies for anger management and violence prevention. The concepts and skills emphasized in the D.A.R.E. program are sequentially developed to extend from kindergarten through junior and senior high school.
The aim of the senior high school D.A.R.E. project is to extend the information and reinforce the skills students need to enable them (1) to act in their own best interest when facing high-risk, low-gain choices and (2) to resist peer pressure and other influences in making their personal choices. Equal emphasis is placed on helping students to recognize and cope with feelings of anger without causing harm to themselves or others and without resorting to violence or the use of alcohol and drugs.