Comments from current and former parents
about what distinguishes Da Vinci Academy from other
schools, and what their experiences have been in the school:
is doing amazingly well at Taft (a co-ed boarding school in
Connecticut). I credit everyone at Da Vinci with helping
Courtney. She was well prepared as she entered one of the
most challenging academic institutions in the country."
"Our daughter started in Kindergarten, and obviously we've been
very happy because we've been back for seven years in a row.
It's a wonderful environment. A place for her to grow, a
place for her to be mentored, a place to create friendships, and
really become the academic person and child she is meant to
is a special place for many reasons. The small class size is
important because it allows the educational product to be
specialized to the needs of the child. The learning styles
are different for each of my children, and I feel that Da Vinci has
been brilliant in understanding that and adapting the classroom
situation to help each child maximize their learning
"Da Vinci Academy offers us an environment where our child is
accepted for who he is. He came from a different school where
his intense curiosity was ignored and his strengths were not
nurtured. At Da Vinci, he feels relaxed and accepted.
We like that the school atmosphere is friendly and caring."
"I think the biggest draws to Da
Vinci were the small class sizes, which give the teachers the
ability to respond more individually to the needs of each
child. I think there is a higher level of commitment on the
part of the teachers and they have the ability to recognize the
needs of kids that need more challenge and stimulation."
"When first faced with the
understanding of my child as gifted, I didn't know what to do,
where to go for more information, or how to find an environment in
which he would thrive. Reading on the subject indicated the
benefits of being with other gifted kids, feeling less
'different.' Visiting the school sealed it. It's clean,
bright and every room is a buzz of activity. You can see the
excitement in the older kids' faces. The teachers speak with
passion and commitment."
"Da Vinci Academy differs so much
more than our experience in the public school system. Some of
the differences are measurable and some are just intuitive (as a
parent) of things I see come out in Danny that never would have in
his old classroom environment. My #1 reason that any parent
should consider the school is it raises the bar.
Getting by or being average is not the goal. The kids become
enthusiastic learners and the atmosphere feeds on itself and
spreads throughout the students. All of a sudden it's 'cool'
to study, learn, and dream. We are so happy to have found
"The philosophy of the school and
teachers helps my son evolve in a way, I doubt, could be achieved
in a public school."
"We appreciate the availability of
the teachers to us as parents, and their responsiveness when needs
and concerns arise."
"It is the way in which the
kids are taught that makes a difference. Because of
class size they are allowed to delve deeper into a subject or able
to look at it in several different ways before going on to the next
step. It's so important to grasp something versus touching on
it and speeding to the next step."
"Luke was so unhappy in public
school, but within 2 weeks at Da Vinci he was smiling again."
"We have been looking for a place
where our children fit in and feel accepted. We believe we
have found it. Our boys are happy now and making
friends. As a mom, I have never had a support system for
myself. In Da Vinci, I believe I have found that as