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MISSION + HISTORY
 

Mission

Da Vinci Schools exist to provide our students a real world, project-based, college preparatory curriculum. We create and support a culture of high expectations for all, where students grow in knowledge and wisdom, develop new skills, and form safe and strong relationships with teachers, peers, parents, and the community. Furthermore, the K-8 school exists to run a family collaborative instructional model that supports children to become caring, confident learners in a compassionate learning community that respects and values different interests, abilities, learning styles, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds.

Vision

Da Vinci Schools will be an environment in which informed, resourceful and reflective students become college-ready, career-prepared, and community-minded individuals who graduate from postsecondary programs to become productive members and respected leaders in the global community.

History

In 2008, the K-8 Wiseburn School District proudly authorized the creation of Wiseburn 21st Century Charter Schools dba Da Vinci Schools, independently governed and operated charter high schools to serve the Wiseburn community and beyond. The name Da Vinci Schools was suggested by students in an ideation workshop because Leonardo da Vinci has often been described as the archetypal Renaissance artist, scientist and engineer who learned by doing. This integrated approach to learning was the vision for Da Vinci Schools.

Da Vinci Design and Da Vinci Science high schools opened in August 2009, serving the Wiseburn community and children from 45+ zip codes.

In August 2011, Da Vinci Schools opened the Da Vinci Innovation Academy, a home school-hybrid model that combines at-home and in-school learning.

Da Vinci Communications high school opened in 2013 and was one of eight schools in the nation to win a prestigious Next Generation Learning Challenges grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundations under Wave III of funding. Da Vinci Communications will graduate its first class of seniors in 2017.

In 2014, the Wiseburn Unified School District, formerly Wiseburn School District, became a K-12 unified school district. As of July 1, 2014, Da Vinci Schools serve as Wiseburn Unified's "home" high schools.

In August 2015, Da Vinci Schools launched a 13th year university transfer and career pathway program known as Da Vinci Extension (DVX). DVX is for current Da Vinci students who wish to stay at Da Vinci for their 13th and now 14th year to complete their freshman general education college coursework through UCLA Extension or an AA degree through College for America at Southern New Hampshire University while gaining on-the-job work experience through paid and unpaid internships in the community -- all at no cost to families. > Learn more

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. > See related article

 

Also in August 2017, Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design, and Da Vinci Science high schools, and Da Vinci and Wiseburn administrative offices will move into a state-of-the-art campus designed for 21st century learning, located at 201 N. Douglas Street in El Segundo, CA. > Learn more

Da Vinci Schools currently serves close to 2,100 students from the Wiseburn community and more than 80 different zip codes.

Da Vinci Schools and the Wiseburn Unified School District operate as two legal entities to take advantage of operating flexibilities and significant resources, but with one common purpose. Both organizations are fundamentally focused on providing an outstanding educational experience for the Wiseburn community and other families.



Da Vinci's Four Strategic Goals

  1. Model excellence in teaching and achievement through Project Based Learning
  2. Ensure college completion and career readiness
  3. Grow organizational vitality
  4. Expand community and industry partnerships around projects and signature practices

Related Links

> Delivering College and Career-Ready Results - Class of 2016

> Results + Recognition

> Da Vinci At a Glance
> Why Da Vinci?

 

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