Mission

Foster individual personal and academic growth in an environment designed for gifted learners to cultivate curiosity and creativity through a challenging student-centered curriculum.

Vision

Create today's young innovators 
​to overcome tomorrow's
​global challenges.

Philosophy

In carrying out the goals set forth in the mission and vision of the school, the staff of Da Vinci Academy employs a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional methods suitable for intellectually gifted students:



Provide a challenging curriculum, appropriate for intellectually gifted students

  • Greater Curriculum Depth and Breadth
  • Acceleration (Exposing students to more complex content than would normally be available to students of their age)
  • Curriculum Compacting (condensing curriculum that students can quickly master)


Create a unique and innovative educational community

  • Hands-On Activities
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Flexible Grouping
  • Utilizing Outside Resources (Speakers and Field Trips)
  • Integration between subject areas (Cross-curricular activities and lessons)
  • Mixed Age Grouping and Cross Grade Level Activities
  • Real World Applications (Authentic Learning Activities)


Employ multiple methods of instruction to address individual learning styles.

  • Multiple ways for students to demonstrate knowledge
  • Differentiation of Instruction
  • Pre-assessment, Scaffolding, and Compacting
  • Process, Content, Product
  • Depth, Complexity
  • Tiered Assignments


Develop each student's strengths, interest, potential, and encourage creativity

  • Problem-Solving, Creative Thinking, and Experiential Learning
  • Encouragement of Risk-Taking in a Safe and Supportive Environment
  • Student Choice in Learning Activities


Foster personal growth, self-direction, and leadership

  • Leadership Experience and Opportunities
  • Opportunity to Render Meaningful Service to Others
  • Character Development (Ethics, Morality, and Responsibility)


In support of this instructional model, Da Vinci Academy is deeply committed to the on-going professional development of its teaching staff.