About the Head:

Cooperation, exploration, dedication, caring, and depth of learning all express what happens inside the walls of Da Vinci Academy. The passion of our staff and the excitement of our students is palpable when you walk inside the doors. We are a progressive school dedicated to project based learning and best practices in education. Gifted children are our specialty. We understand that they grow in an asynchronous way and they thrive with care to their academic, social and emotional needs. Da Vinci Academy prepares the leaders of tomorrow with skills to handle careers that are globally responsible and collaborative. 

At Da Vinci Academy, we work hard each day and we have fun, too. Our traditions are inspire us. We are dedicated to engaging learners. We hire the most dedicated and talented educators. We support our learners with a top-notch curriculum. We hold the bar high and our students exceed all expectations. We are proud of our program and even more proud of our students! Da Vinci Academy is not just a place where children learn, it is a place where children thrive. 

Welcome to Da Vinci Academy. I look forward to getting to know you. 


Raquel Scharf-Anderson, MS
Head of School

Raquel Scharf-Anderson

Head of School

Raquel earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and World History from Russell Sage College and her master’s degree in literacy with a focus on special education from The Sage Colleges. She started her teaching career teaching 5th graders at Westmere Elementary School in Guilderland, New York. Raquel also taught as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She later moved to Arizona where she taught middle school science at The King David School and then opened an educational consulting business, The Whole Learner.


Raquel began her administrative career as the Director of Curriculum & Development later moving to Assistant Head of School for Academics at Pardes Jewish Day School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Raquel and her husband Eric are the proud parents of two teenagers. 

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