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The Da Vinci Flex program was created in 2015-16 to respond to a local need to help Da Vinci students with credit recovery or other individualized learning needs for successful completion of a high school diploma. With Wiseburn unification, there was a need to support all students, including those with severe credit deficiencies.

Through the Flex program, students obtain their high school diploma or receive support in studying for their GED, and be prepared for a successful transition into college and career. Students attend classes 2-3 days per week in 1:1 and small group settings with additional opportunities for enrichment, field trips, project workshops, and jobs and internships. We believe Da Vinci Flex can meet the needs of a variety of students, including those who need to recover credits, are highly motivated and wish to accelerate their progress toward a high school diploma and/or college degree, have personal needs or extenuating circumstances that require flexibility of schedule, or are interested in incorporating extended work experiences into their education.

In September 2016, we were chosen from over 700 applications across the country as one of 10 winners of the XQ Super School Challenge. As an XQ Super School winner, we will receive $10 million and the support of the XQ Institute to expand Flex from a small program to a full high school called Da Vinci RISE High, serving students in need of a flexible, personalized learning program. Students have been deeply involved in building out the structures and systems that will ultimately fuel the culture at Da Vinci RISE High.

A non-classroom based independent study charter school, RISE High operates a small program in Hawthorne, CA, and will open its first resource center in the greater Los Angeles area in August 2017. RISE High will eventually have a mobile classroom that meets students where they are.











Kari Croft, Principal

Da Vinci Flex / RISE High



Erin Whalen, Assistant Principal

Da Vinci Flex / RISE High


Maria Venegas, Enrollment Coordinator



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