Advanced Academics at DaVinci Academy

DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science is excited to announce a new opportunity starting in the 2017-2018 school year. The DaVinci Academy Renaissance classrooms provide all-day academic programming designed to meet the needs of our gifted and talented students. Next year we will have two self-contained classrooms: one for 2nd and 3rd grade students and another for 4th and 5th grade students. A third classroom will be added in the 2018-2019 school year. The Renaissance program will provide advanced curriculum at an accelerated pace and will also focus on the unique social and emotional needs of gifted students.

The Renaissance curriculum has been designed to meet, and to exceed, state standards, using materials specifically designed for gifted learners. Most learning activities will be inquiry-based and open-ended, requiring students to use higher-order thinking and problem- solving skills. The curriculum will also focus on building self-awareness and on encouraging students to take academic risks.

Curriculum materials include:

  • Project M2 and M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds
  • William and Mary units
  • Jr. Great Books
  • Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading

Renaissance classrooms are ideal for students who learn quickly, with little need for repetitive practice, and who have an intrinsic motivation to learn and explore.  Multiple objective and subjective measures will be used to determine proper placement in the Renaissance classrooms.

Students in the Renaissance program are an important part of the DaVinci Academy community. Students will be included with their grade level peers during lunch, recess, and specialist classes. Renaissance students will also participate in grade level activities, such as assemblies and field trips.

There is an application process for the Renaissance program and applications are currently under review. Applicants will be notified by May 5.  

Important Documents

Advanced Academics Contacts

Academic Director
Terry Moffatt

Advanced Academics Coordinator
Ruth Thom