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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.

2015-2016 Innovation Academy Enrollment

We are currently accepting applications 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.

The Model

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 option 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.

Why Homeschool?
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

Program Highlights
* 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

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In The News

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: January 3, 2015


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