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In September 2016, RISE High was chosen from more than 700 applications across the country as one of 10 winners of the XQ Super School Challenge. As an XQ Super School winner, Da Vinci RISE High will receive $10 million and the support of the XQ Institute to expand from a small program to a full high school called Da Vinci RISE High. RISE is being created in partnership with students for whom the traditional school system was not a great fit. Students have been deeply involved in building out the structures and systems that will ultimately fuel the culture at Da Vinci RISE High.


The Da Vinci RISE High model was created and refined with the help of 30 founding students in Hawthorne, CA. In 2015-16, a small program was created to respond to a local need to help Da Vinci students with credit recovery and 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.


At Da Vinci RISE High, students can recover credits, obtain their high school diploma, prepare for the GED, participate in college and career readiness training, internships, and extracurricular opportunities, and become a leader -- all while obtaining the social services they need to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.


In August 2017, RISE High will expand to a second site in South Central Los Angeles to provide both robust educational opportunities and the wraparound counseling, tutoring, and diverse extracurricular opportunities these youth need.

Da Vinci RISE High will eventually have a mobile educational program that meets teens and young adults where they are.











Kari Croft, Principal

Da Vinci RISE High



Erin Whalen, Assistant Principal

Da Vinci RISE High