DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science will awaken a passion for learning through an enriched and individualized approach to education. Students, parents and teachers will work together to ensure positive character development and build a strong foundation for higher education.
DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science will be known and respected for providing a dynamic educational experience in which students become lifelong learners with a sense of responsibility to society.
ARTS AND SCIENCE FOCUS
DaVinci Academy will incorporate an arts and science focus across its entire curriculum to help students understand and appreciate the significance of these two disciplines in everyday life.
Research studies point to strong relationships between learning in the arts and fundamental cognitive skills and capabilities used to master other core subjects, including reading, writing and mathematics. Students at DaVinci Academy will follow the Core Knowledge curriculum, which has an increased focus on the arts.
Scientific literacy is increasingly more important in the workplace. More and more jobs require people to think critically, solve problems and use technology effectively. Furthermore, we need a scientific-literate public to compete successfully in the global marketplace.
ENHANCED LEARNING EXPERIENCE
DaVinci Academy is committed to delivering an enhanced learning experience to each of its students, every day of the school year. Several key educational tools used at our school help ensure we meet this challenge.
DaVinci Academy utilizes the Core Knowledge Sequence throughout its curriculum. Inherent in Core Knowledge is the understanding that knowledge builds upon knowledge. Students receive a solid foundation in all subjects, and then enhance that knowledge by building on what they already know. The Core Knowledge curriculum provides a clear outline of the specific, important knowledge in all subjects that students need to learn, grade by grade. Through this discipline, students become familiar with a broad range of knowledge, enabling them, regardless of background, to be comfortable in our national literate culture.
Data-driven instruction, in which DaVinci Academy utilizes teacher-created, standards-based interim assessments for all students, is another key element of our enriched learning experience. Teachers analyze assessment results for each student to identify standards the student has mastered as well as those requiring additional instruction. Teachers then work with their grade level and/or curriculum teams to effectively re-teach and reassess students for subject mastery. This process is an effective, proven pathway to academic achievement and leads to dramatic gains in student performance.
DaVinci Academy incorporates intersessions twice during the year which provide students with an enhanced focus on arts and science in everyday life. Topics vary annually, but have included physics, engineering, sculpture, astronomy, theater, video gaming history and environmental studies, to name a few. Through these experiences, students gain a better appreciation of how the knowledge they master in the classroom translates to things they will encounter throughout their lives.
Teachers also use hands-on approaches to allow students to interact with the subject materials and make it more meaningful for themselves, thereby increasing retention. This approach has included a bartering fair for the first grade students to explain bartering in ancient Egypt; a student puppet show of The Three Bears completed a fairy tale unit; the use of real deer hearts allowed students to explore the circulatory system; students used Skype to communicate with a classroom in Mexico during Spanish class. These are the types of innovative approaches DaVinci Academy teachers use to enrich the learning experience we offer every student at our school.
Not all students are alike. Based on this knowledge, differentiated instruction applies an approach to teaching and learning that provides students with multiple options for taking in information and making sense of ideas. The differentiated instruction model requires teachers to be flexible in their approach to teaching and in their presentation of information to the learners. Classroom teaching is a blend of whole-class, group and individual instruction. At DaVinci Academy, differentiated instruction is utilized in every subject.
DaVinci Academy has established a learning community of students, teachers and parents that model and encourage strong character development. This includes a respect for diversity and a sense of responsibility to the community and all of society. We meet the needs of our students through our curriculum, our unique learning approach and positive student reinforcement which emphasizes the importance of good behavior, builds self-esteem and inspires confidence. This, in turn, assists parents and the community in raising children to be confident, successful adults. They will possess strong problem solving skills, leadership capabilities and an ability to reach their full potential.