Visits & Testing
Scheduling an admissions tour or
attending an Open House event is a key first step in the admissions
process. Initial visits can be scheduled with the Director of Admissions
any time during the school year or over the summer. Open
House events are scheduled throughout the year as well. Some
parents prefer to make the initial visit by themselves, and as
a next step they will bring the student(s) back for a
second family tour. Others opt to bring the student with them
for the initial tour. We welcome families to choose whichever
approach they prefer.
In either case, the introductory
visit provides a wonderful opportunity to see the entire school, to
visit specific classrooms, to see student work and projects on
display, and to meet teachers and students. If time permits
and teachers are available, it may be possible to arrange for the
appropriate teacher to spend time with the student. If
parents make the initial visit by themselves, we can arrange for
time with a teacher when they bring the prospective student
back for the family visit.
At this stage, parents decide if
they would like to move forward with the admissions process.
This entails filling out the application materials and producing
academic records and IQ test results. Da Vinci Academy
weighs all indicators of a student's ability level and academic
performance as part of the admissions criteria, but IQ results are
part of the process for students entering the school in grades
1-8. Da Vinci Academy will accept documented results from a
previous IQ test, or families can arrange for prospective students
to be tested by one of our recommended testers.
After the family completes a visit
and submits the application
materials, we will invite prospective students to
come for at least one full-day class visit, which allows the
child to experience a normal day and with his or her potential peer
group. It also gives the teachers an opportunity to observe
and work with the prospective student over a full school day.
After the full-day visit is over, the teachers and Director of
Admissions will share feedback with the parents. At the
completion of these steps, the school will then be prepared to
review the application and make a decision on offering an