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MISSION + HISTORY
Da Vinci Schools exist to provide our students a rigorous, relevant, and hands-on 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.
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.
Da Vinci Design and Da Vinci Science -- known as Da Vinci Schools -- opened in August 2009 as independent public charter high schools. Da Vinci Schools are managed by Wiseburn 21st Century Charter Schools, a nonprofit independently governed Local Education Agency authorized by the Wiseburn (K-8) School District and approved by the California Department of Education. Da Vinci Schools and the Wiseburn 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.
The name Da Vinci Schools was suggested by students in an ideation workshop in 2008 because Leonardo da Vinci has often been described as the archetypal Renaissance artist, scientist and engineer who learned by doing.
In 2010, Da Vinci Schools received full accreditation by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).
In August 2011, Da Vinci Schools opened the Da Vinci Innovation Academy, a dynamic new educational model for K-8 students that combines school-site instruction with home-based learning.
In August 2013, Da Vinci Schools will open a new high school/university "hybrid" culminating in a degree.
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