Who may apply to DaVinci Academy?
Our school is open to any interested students entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Students entering kindergarten must be five years old prior to September 1 of the enrollment year.
What are the class sizes at DaVinci Academy?
Kindergarten classes are currently limited to a maximum of 18 students each. First grade through fifth grade classes currently have a maximum of 26 students in each classroom. The sixth through eighth grade classes are capped at 25 students. The ability groups for the reading and math classes are typically smaller.
Are there any registration or tuition fees assessed to attend DaVinci Academy?
DaVinci Academy is a public school that does not charge any registration or tuition fees. There is a fee for kindergarten parents who choose to participate in Leonardo’s Garden.
What is Leonardo’s Garden?
Leonardo’s Garden is a fee-based care program during the school day for kindergarten-aged children. Time is spent having lunch, recess, activity time (physical activity, art, reading, etc.) and free choice time. The additional class time spent in Leonardo’s Garden provides an opportunity for students to build better relationships with peers and staff, and a higher level of self-confidence.
What makes DaVinci Academy different from other schools?
Our focus on the Core Knowledge Sequence and differentiated instruction, together with a small community environment, are only part of what sets DaVinci Academy apart from other schools. A curriculum that focuses on art and science and positive reinforcement strategies add to the unique attributes of our school. DaVinci Academy also provides students with opportunities to connect with the community by hosting annual science and art fairs and through group service projects.
What is Core Knowledge Sequence?
The Core Knowledge Sequence movement is an educational reform based on the premise that a grade-by-grade core of common learning is necessary to ensure a sound and fair education. Simply put, knowledge builds on knowledge. The more you know, the more you are able to learn. The movement was started by Dr. E. D. Hirsch, Jr., author of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and The Schools We Need, and is based on a large body of research in cognitive psychology, as well as a careful examination of several of the world's fairest and most effective school systems. Due to the completeness and rigor of the curriculum, students are able to achieve the most important goals for education -- greater reading comprehension, the ability to think critically and solve problems, and higher test scores.
What is Differentiated Instruction?
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 the ideas being presented. Classroom teaching is a blend of whole-class, group and individual instruction. Differentiated instruction is a teaching discipline based on the premise that instructional approaches should vary and be adapted in relation to individual students in the classroom. At DaVinci Academy, differentiated instruction is used in every subject.
Where is DaVinci Academy located?
DaVinci Academy is located at 13001 Central Avenue NE in Blaine, Minnesota 55434. Click HERE for our map location.
Are there any admission requirements to attend DaVinci Academy?
There are no academic or geographic requirements to attend our school. Any student application form we receive will be processed in accordance with the Admissions Policy established by DaVinci Academy’s school board.
What are DaVinci Academy’s hours and school calendar?
DaVinci Academy’s school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. If parents choose the half day option for kindergarten, the morning session runs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; the afternoon session begins at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. DaVinci Academy utilizes a year-round school calendar. Classes begin in early August and run through late June. We also offer intersessions every year. Click HERE for our current school calendar.
What is an "intersession"?
DaVinci Academy’s intersession program offers students additional opportunities to grow and learn. Intersession classes are scheduled for two specific weeks during the school year. One intersession is mandatory while the other intersession is voluntary. During intersessions, regular classes are suspended and students are given the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of a particular subject area. Intersession curriculum costs vary depending on the topics being offered.
Does DaVinci Academy provide special education services?
In serving the needs of all our students, we provide special education services as required by state and federal laws. Parents may request an assessment for their child to determine eligibility. That assessment will be administered by DaVinci Academy Special Education professionals. Our teachers may also recommend assessment. A Child Study Team reviews the needs of each identified student before testing begins.
Do DaVinci Academy students wear uniforms?
DaVinci Academy students are required to wear uniforms. The Student Uniform Policy is functional. It focuses students’ attention on their school work rather than on their own or other’s attire. It also encourages impartiality and assists in establishing a school climate of increased academic and character performance.
Does DaVinci Academy offer a lunch program?
DaVinci Academy provides students with the opportunity to purchase catered hot lunches and milk at school. Click HERE for the current lunch menu and order form. Lunch orders and payment are submitted to the school one month in advance. Families may apply for free/reduced meals any time during the school year. Click HERE to review that application form.
Does DaVinci Academy provide busing for students?
DaVinci Academy has set up bus routes to best serve the majority of their students. Stops are coordinated in central locations throughout the school’s bus service area. That service area currently includes the cities of Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Ham Lake and Lino Lakes.
Are parents welcome to become involved at DaVinci Academy?
Parental involvement is essential to the success of DaVinci Academy. Click HERE for more information on volunteering opportunities at our school. There are also opportunities to join the school board or various board committees that play key roles in the management and ongoing development of our school. Click HERE for more information in that regard.
Are DaVinci Academy’s teachers licensed?
All teachers at DaVinci Academy are fully licensed by the state of Minnesota.
What extra-curricular activities does DaVinci Academy offer?
Activities vary from season to season; some activities are through the school and others are contracted out through private organizations that the school has screened. We are steadily expanding extra-curricular opportunities for our students, both in athletics and in arts and science.
How do I schedule a tour of DaVinci Academy?
We will be offering school tours and a question and answer session for interested families on the following dates:
January 9, 2014
January 16, 2014
All Information nights start at 6:00 p.m.
If you wish to attend one of the information sessions please R.S.V.P. to Brenda Gerard or Brenda Burns at email@example.com
If I have additional questions, whom should I contact?
For answers to any other questions you have regarding DaVinci Academy, please call us at (763)754-6577 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.