Thank you for your interest in the Da Vinci Innovation Academy, a public charter school serving K-8 students in the South Bay of Los Angeles and neighboring communities. The Da Vinci Innovation Academy offers families a new approach to K-8 education combining school-site instruction with home-based learning. Da Vinci Innovation Academy has been recognized as among the best in the nation for three consecutive years by Tom Vander Ark, one of the nation's leading educational voices.
2016-2017 Innovation Academy Enrollment
The online application for new K-12 students for the 2016-2017 school year is now available. It is crucial a parent or legal guardian attend an information meeting to learn about what is required of parent educators at Da Vinci Innovation Academy. You do not need to RSVP.
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2015-2016 Innovation Academy Enrollment
We are currently accepting wait list applications only for the 2015-2016 school year.
School and Family Collaborative Education
The Da Vinci Innovation Academy partners with families to provide a unique learning model where students can discover their passions and talents in a flexible and personalized learning environment.
2 Full Days (Grades K-8) - 2 days of project-based learning at school. Three days of family facilitated off-site learning. Students attend school on either Mondays AND Thursdays OR Tuesdays AND Fridays with optional Enrichment classes on Wednesdays. At-school learning is project-based. At-home learning (also called family facilitated off-site learning) focuses on English Language Arts, Math and Extracurricular activities. Families are the primary educators on non-classroom days.
Full-Time Independent Study (Grades K-7) – 5 days per week of homeschool, with optional workshops and enrichment program participation.
Our families choose DVIA and homeschooling for many, many reasons. Here are a few they report:
* Homeschooling allows families to truly know how their children learn
* Homeschooling provides opportunities to explore passion projects
* DVIA focuses on the learner as much as the learning
* Homeschooling enables the flexibility to participate in extracurriculur learning that there is often little time for when students spend 35+ hours per week at school
* DVIA has amazing, passionate and compassionate teachers!
* Project-based learning is awesome!
* Traditional schools have too much bullying and "cliqueish" behavior
* Home-School Partnership
* Project-Based Learning
* Personalized learning plans
* Rich, challenging and engaging content that accommodates diverse learning styles
* Multi-age grouping
* Small class sizes (16-20 in elementary, 20-26 in middle school)
* Compassionate communication
* Hands on, Minds-on Curriculum
* Learning-by-doing constructivist curriculum
* Opportunities for student voice and choice and personalization to reflect students' passions, interests and needs
* Curriculum preview meetings to address/discuss goals and ask questions
* Credentialed, experienced and dedicated teachers
* Distributive leadership
* Social Emotional curriculum that fosters community and personal development
* Building Habits of Heart and Mind
* Community of care and collaboration
* Public presentations of learning
* Mastery of "essential skills"
* 21st century learning and real-world problem solving
Coalition of Essential Schools
California Charter Schools Association
California Consortium for Independent Study
In The News
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Getting Smart Ed Tech Blog | November 9, 2015
Chevron 'Fuel Your School' Program Sends Supplies to Da Vinci Innovation Academy Class
Hawthorne Press Tribune | October 29, 2015
100 Schools Worth Visiting
Getting Smart ed tech blog by Tom Vander Ark | November 7, 2014
Connecting Parents and Teacher-Vetted Content to Support Home-Based Learning
Activate Instruction | August 13, 2014
CA Charter Caters to Home-Schooled Students
Education Week | January 8, 2014
Da Vinci Innovation Academy Inspires Artful Moments
Education Week | January 7, 2014
38 Elementary and Middle Schools Worth Visiting
Getting Smart ed tech blog by Tom Vander Ark | November 27, 2013
Home school no longer just for the deeply religious, enters mainstream
Daily Breeze | September 29, 2013
Modern-day homeschooling is more social than it sounds
Daily Breeze | September 29, 2013
Da Vinci program blends homeschooling, classroom instruction
Daily Breeze | September 3, 2011
Da Vinci charter school in Hawthorne proposes K-8 school
Daily Breeze | January 24, 2011
Last Updated: November 10, 2015