Da Vinci Innovation Academy Charter School
Reviewed and Approved by the California
Department of Education (CDE), the Advisory Commission
on Charter Schools (ACCS), and the California State
Board of Education (SBE) for meeting or exceeding state
mandated fiscal accountability requirements.
Matthew Wunder, Ed.D., Executive Director
13500 Aviation Boulevard
Hawthorne, CA 90250
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 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.
Thank you for your interest in the Da Vinci Innovation Academy, a public charter school serving K-8 students in the South Bay of Los Angeles and neighboring communities. The Da Vinci Innovation Academy offers families a new approach to K-8 education combining school-site instruction with home-based learning.
The Da Vinci Innovation Academy partners with families to provide a unique learning model where students can discover their passions and talents in a flexible and personalized learning environment.
2 Full Days (Grades K-8) - 2 days of project-based learning at school. Three days of family facilitated off-site learning. Families are the primary educators on non-classroom days and work collaboratively and in partnership with the classroom teacher on practice, preparation and extension work.
* Home-School Partnership
* Project-Based Learning
* Personalized learning plans
* Rich, challenging and engaging content that accommodates diverse learning styles
* Multi-age grouping
* Small class sizes (16-20 in elementary, 20-26 in middle school)
* Compassionate communication
* Hands on, Minds-on Curriculum
* Learning-by-doing constructivist curriculum
* Opportunities for student voice and choice and personalization to reflect students' passions, interests and needs
* Curriculum preview meetings to address/discuss goals and ask questions
* Credentialed, experienced and dedicated teachers
* Distributive leadership
* Social Emotional curriculum that fosters community and personal development
* Building Habits of Heart and Mind
* Community of care and collaboration
* Public presentations of learning
* Mastery of "essential skills"
* 21st century learning and real-world problem solving