Who will the school serve? What age and what specific needs?
The Da Vinci Innovation Academy (DVIA) is a K-8 school designed especially for families who want to be more involved in the education of their children. As a 2 Day Plus model and an Independent Study Program, DVIA offers project based learning and a personalized social emotional program for students ages 5-13.
How many students will be accepted? How will they be selected?
We will be accepting about 180 students the first year. They will be accepted through a blind lottery if general interest exceeds 180 or if specific grade levels have more students than we have space for.
What are the general outcomes expected of the school? Will there be a particular focus of study?
This school has 3 general foci: (1) Project Based Learning (2) Social Emotional Learning (3) Personalization.
Will the school operate year-round? Extended day?
School will start in August and the school year will end in June. A summer school may be offered based on need, interest and funding but not the first year of operation.
Will students have personalized learning plans? Portfolios?
Students will have both personalized plans and portfolios that will be the bridge between the 2 days off site and the 2 days at school. Personalized learning plans will be based on assessments and previous work and will guide students work off site. The plans are co-created by families and teachers and will be reviewed every 6 weeks. Portfolios will also be used to determine if a student is ready to transition to the next learning cohort and for student led conferences mid-year.
What is the relationship between the teachers and the students (facilitator, advisor-advisee, etc.)?
Teachers at Da Vinci take on the role as coach in their relationships with students. Their job is to support and encourage students in the learning plan. This means creating personal and team plans for the learning process.
What kind of family involvement will be expected?
The goal of our school is to create a collaborative education model. In all of our programs parents play an equal role to teachers in the education process. This means that they are asked to volunteer at the school, in the classroom and support their child with learning opportunities beyond the classroom.
Will the school be primarily experiential? Hands on?
Our methodology of choice is hands-on, minds-on learning, which means that students are creating projects and working collaboratively with their peers.
Will there be multi-age grouping? Or grade levels?
We are a multi-aged grouping school. This means that students are in classes with peers of varying ages and abilities.
Will there be an emphasis on cooperative learning?
Will teachers be generalists or specialists?
Will there be grades? Will there be report cards?
There will be report cards with comments as well as assessment data about students growth. These will most likely go out quarterly.
Will there be an hourly schedule? Blocked time? Flexible scheduling?
Flexible scheduling created by the teacher based on students' interests and needs. Students will be with the same teacher for either the half day or the full day with the exception of 45-60 minutes of elective time.
What materials and resources will you use for instruction?
Most materials will be created by teachers and parents. Additional online resources, technology-based curriculum, literature books. (text books will be consulted on a limited basis and will not be a part of day-to-day instruction).
How will technology be used?
Students will use laptops and tablets both in class and outside of the school day. In Kindergarten, technology use will be limited but by middle school students will be fluid users and producers of technology.