Comments from current and former parents
about what distinguishes Da Vinci Academy from other
schools, and what their experiences have been in the school:
"Courtney 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
"Da Vinci 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 potential."
"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 this school."
"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
"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
"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 well."