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How do I apply to Da Vinci Schools? What is the timeline for the application process?

All prospective students in grades K-12 are required to fill out an Enrollment Application. An online enrollment application for the 2017-2018 school year will be available on November 1, 2016. The Priority Application Deadline is February 28, 2017.

Three actions are necessary to apply to Da Vinci Schools:

1. Attend an Information Meeting held in the Da Vinci Forum (13500 Aviation Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250).

K-8th grade applicants:  It is crucial that parents or legal guardians attend an Information Meeting for the Da Vinci Innovation Academy to learn about what is required of all parent educators.

High school applicants:  we strongly urge you to attend a high school Information Meeting to learn about our programs, curriculum and enrollment process. You will also have an opportunity to meet some of our faculty and staff, current students and families.


At the meetings, you will learn about our programs in depth. The programs we offer are unique, and enrollment will require a commitment from students and their families. We want to be sure you are aware of who we are, what we do, and what your responsibilities will be should your child attend one of our charter schools.

2. Complete an Online Admissions Application.  Applicants for 10th - 12th grades must also submit a transcript showing all completed high school work, so that we may determine if the applicant is qualified for the grade level and that his/her credits will transfer to our high schools. 9th grade applicants do NOT need to send a transcript. If you wish help in completing the online application, please let us know.


3. Submit the K-12 Online Admissions Application on or before the Priority Application Deadline. If the number of applications received does not exceed the number of spaces available, all students who submitted complete applications will be enrolled. If the number of applications does exceed the number of spaces available in each school, there will be an admissions lottery. Since our inception, we have always held a lottery. There is no advantage to applying early; as long as you apply before the priority application deadline, your application will be entered into the lotteries.

What is an enrollment lottery?

As prescribed by state law, charter schools conduct an enrollment lottery—a public random drawing— for available enrollment spaces as a way to ensure equal opportunity of access for all students. (At most charter schools, there are more applications than enrollment spaces available.) During the lottery, all K-12 students are assigned enrollment spaces according to the order in which their names are drawn. For example, the first name places that student first on the enrollment list. Once all enrollment spaces have been filled, subsequent students are placed on a waiting list to fill any vacancies that may arise.

Do some students receive a preference/priority in admission?
Yes. Da Vinci Schools conducts lotteries with the following admissions priorities in accordance with state and federal law:

DA VINCI INNOVATION ACADEMY
In accordance with applicable law, preference will be given to the following groups of students:

  1. Students who are currently enrolled.
  2. Siblings of currently enrolled students.
  3. Children of teachers, staff, Board members and school founders (the latter defined as any parent involved in the founding of the school that volunteered at least 75 hours toward the creation of the school), not to exceed 10% of enrollment.

In addition, as required by California Education Code Section 47605(d)(2)(b), Da Vinci will offer admissions preference to residents of the Wiseburn Unified School District.


DA VINCI COMMUNICATIONS, DESIGN AND SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOLS
In accordance with applicable law and Da Vinci's charter petitions, the following groups of students receive enrollment preference and will be exempted from the lotteries for Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design, and Da Vinci Science:

  1. Students who are currently enrolled at a Da Vinci School from grades 9-11 of the previous school year, or high school students who have not yet graduated.
  2. Residents of the Wiseburn Unified School District.

    In addition, the following groups of students receive enrollment priority:

  3. Children of any Da Vinci or Wiseburn teachers, staff, Board members and school founders (the latter defined as any parent involved in the founding of the school that volunteered at least 75 hours toward the creation of the school), not to exceed 10% of enrollment.
  4. Students who are currently attending Wiseburn K-8 schools on permit (entered district in K-5) or currently attending Da Vinci Innovation Academy since elementary school (entered charter in K-5).
  5. Students who are currently attending Wiseburn K-8 schools on permit (entered district in 6th grade) or currently attending Da Vinci Innovation Academy since 6th grade (entered charter in 6th grade).
  6. Students who are currently attending Da Vinci Innovation Academy in 7th or 8th grade (entered charter in 7th or 8th grade).
  7. Siblings of students currently enrolled at a Da Vinci School from grades 9-11 of the previous school year.

Who can attend Da Vinci Schools?
All California students are eligible to attend charter schools pursuant to state and federal law. Students who live within the Wiseburn Unified School District boundaries are guaranteed enrollment at Da Vinci high schools as Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design, and Da Vinci Science serve as Wiseburn's "home" high schools. Wiseburn residents who submit a late application may not receive their first choice of school.

How does my child apply to 10th, 11th, or 12th grade?
Current high school students applying for 10th through 12th grades are "transfer" students who desire to
transfer to our schools. The application process is the same as that for other students, however, we ask for a transcript to ensure the student is qualified for the grade level for which he or she is applying. For more information, click here.

Does Da Vinci have a separate enrollment process or lottery for students with Individual Education
Plans (IEPs)?
Students with IEPs and students with identified learning disabilities are enrolled using the same lottery process.

When will we know whether our child has been accepted or placed on the waiting list?
A notification letter of your child’s place on the enrollment list or waiting list will be emailed to you within 10 days after our lotteries are held. Students who are offered enrollment must complete the online registration packet by the deadline. If you are offered enrollment, but do not complete the enrollment process by the specified date, your space will be given to another student. Applicants not admitted through the lotteries have their names placed on a waiting list in the order drawn during the lotteries. Da Vinci notifies wait-listed applicants immediately as space becomes available. Families do not need to be present on lottery night.

If one child gets into the school, how about his/her siblings?

Siblings of currently attending students in grades K-7 and grades 9-11 of the previous school year receive an enrollment preference within DVIA and Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design and Science, respectively. Due to the large number of applications we receive from siblings, we no longer give sibling consideration (previously called a sibling “bump” or "family number") to two or more siblings who apply at the same time.


What happens to late applications?
Completed applications received after the priority application deadline are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The names of late applicants are put at the bottom of the waiting list in the order applications are received. Wiseburn residents who submit a late application may not receive their first choice of school. > See Wiseburn Residents

Is there an application fee or tuition?
No. Da Vinci Schools are public charter schools and are supported by educational tax dollars, as well as from other public and private sources.

Do my children need to be immunized to attend Da Vinci Schools?
On June 30, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law, SB 277, California's new immunization law requiring that school children be vaccinated with certain exceptions called "exemptions." The new law eliminates the personal beliefs exemption. For more information please visit Immunization Requirements.


When will the 2017-2018 school year begin?
Instruction will begin on August 22, 2017.


Do I need a permit or a release from my home district to attend a charter school?
No. All California students are eligible to attend charter schools. They do not need permits or releases to attend a charter school. However, there may be some paperwork required by your district to complete the enrollment process and obtain student records.


Can I apply to Da Vinci Schools through the Wiseburn Unified School District?
No. The Da Vinci Schools enrollment process is completely separate from the enrollment process for the K‐8 public schools in the Wiseburn Unified School District.


Can I enter my child into more than one high school site's lottery?
Yes, but only one application is needed. When you complete an application, you will be asked to rank your school choices.


Do the Da Vinci Schools admit students during the school year?
When there are spaces available, students may periodically be enrolled during the fall semester and through the beginning of the second semester in late January. In order to be considered for mid‐year enrollment, you must have an Enrollment Application on file with us.

What happens if we are offered a space off the wait list?

If we are filling a space and your name is next on the list, we will call you at the phone numbers you have provided on your application.  Please provide working, voicemail-enabled numbers.  You will have until noon the next business day to respond before we move on to the next name on the list.

What happens if we are not offered our first choice school?

If you are on the wait list and accept an offered space at one of our high schools, you will be removed from the list; you cannot accept a space at one Da Vinci school and simultaneously wait for another Da Vinci school. You may instead opt to remain on the wait list for your first choice school, realizing that you run the risk of not being offered a space there if none are available.


If my waiting list number does not come up for the school year I applied for, will I be automatically placed on the waiting list again the following school year?
No. For each new school year, you must reapply. There is no priority list for former waiting list families.


If students are already enrolled at the school, will they have to re-apply every year?
Once your student is accepted and remains in good standing, he or she will have a space with us for the duration of their time at Da Vinci Innovation Academy or Da Vinci high schools. A continuing enrollment form will be sent home in the spring to all currently attending students where families can confirm their wish to have their student continue at Da Vinci.

All new applicants to Da Vinci high schools, including Da Vinci Innnovation Academy 8th grade students, must submit an application via our website at www.davincischools.org during the admissions period. Beginning in 2014-2015 and thereafter, we will no longer accept a "continuing enrollment" form from Da Vinci Innovation Academy 8th grade students.


Can my child switch between schools?
Transfers between high schools will be possible only during the summer. However, students who wish to transfer must have parent/guardian consent and make the request in writing via a Transfer Request form beginning in March, during the continuing enrollment response period. Intra-school transfers are granted depending on available space, the student's good standing, and the approval of releasing and receiving principals.

DVIA students may request a switch between the 2-day and full independent study programs during the continuing enrollment response period. Transfers will be granted on a case-by-case basis depending on available space and whether the student/family is in good standing.


QUESTIONS?

High School Enrollment
enrollment@davincischools.org

Da Vinci Innovation Academy Enrollment  
ia@davincischools.org

 

Updated: March 13, 2017