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Awarded National Blue Ribbon School

blue-ribbon-school-emblemU.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that DaVinci Academy of Arts & Science has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary High Performance.

“We are honored to be recognized for our years of hard work, and more importantly, the success of our students.” said DaVinci Academy Executive Director Debra Lach.

Out of a possible 2,000 schools in Minnesota, DaVinci Academy was nominated by the Minnesota Department of Education, and is one of five Minnesota schools that are receiving this award. Nationally, DaVinci Academy is one of 28 charter schools chosen for this award.

In November, DaVinci Academy will be recognized in an official ceremony in Washington D.C.

Click the link below to see the congratulations video that all 329 award winning schools received.

National Blue Ribbon Schools are public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools that are producing outstanding results for all students.  They have demonstrated consistent excellence, and made progress in closing gaps in student achievement.  The National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about effective school leadership and promising instructional practices.

Minnesota Department of Education Reward School

DaVinci Academy is named a REWARD SCHOOL for the 6th year in a row
DaVinci Academy: MDE Reward School Recipient 2011-2015
Once again, DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science has been recognized for the 2015-16  school year as one of Minnesota’s “Reward” Schools by the Minnesota Department of Education. Reward schools are the state’s highest performing schools, recognized for their quality education practices. DaVinci Academy is one of only 3 Minnesota charter schools and one of 9 schools total that have received the Reward School designation for all six years since the Multiple Measurement rating (MMR) system was introduced in 2011-12.

final-2016-reward-school-logo-2The MMR rating measures student proficiency, student growth, achievement gap reduction and, for high schools only, graduation rates. The percentage of possible points a school earns out of 100 possible is its MMR score. DaVinci Academy’s MMR score for 2015 was 84.16%. The MMR system also gives annual targets for the school, and in 2015 DaVinci Academy surpassed our target goals in math and reading proficiency by 15-50%, for all 5 different subgroups.

Based on the MMR system DaVinci Academy is ranked in the top three charter schools in the state for 2015-16 school year, among the approximately 70 charter schools that receive Federal funding to help low-income and at-risk students.

Congratulations to our students, parents, teachers, administrators and staff.

DaVinci Academy is one of only 3 charter schools that has been awarded Reward School status 6 years in a row.

On January 28, 2016, after being recognized for 2015, we were visited by Dr. Cassellius, Minnesota’s Commissioner of Education. As a school we had the opportunity to demonstrate to the Commissioner what makes DaVinci Academy special: our students, teachers and staff. Read more about the visit