A 21st century education
We are a public charter school network serving close to 2,500 students in grades TK-12+ from 100+ zip codes in five high schools, a unique elementary model combining homeschool instruction with school-based learning, and a post-secondary pathway leading to college degree completion.
The Da Vinci Schools college and career-ready model puts project-based, real-world learning aligned to workforce needs at the center of a collaborative learning environment where students are known well and valued. Industry and higher education partners play a vital role by connecting the education to employment pipeline so students are prepared for college, career and life.
We do things differently
Learning is different at Da Vinci Schools. It’s up close. Personal. Hands-on. Our goal is to graduate students who are college-ready, career-prepared, and community-minded.
At a Glance
of only 10 schools in the U.S.
to win a $10 million XQ ‘Super School’
grant to reimagine high school
of only 8 schools in the nation to win
a Wave III Next Generation Learning
Challenges grant for innovation in
college readiness and completion
of Getting Smart’s 75 Top
School and Charter
Networks in the nation
A new generation of students prepared to lead, innovate, and thrive in the modern world.
Da Vinci Schools seeks to improve the quality of life for our students by cultivating culture, building future-ready skills, developing partnerships, and creating impact in our work to solve complex educational problems.
- Future-Ready Skills
At Da Vinci Schools, we aspire to the following values:
- People First
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Critical Success Factors
What is most vital during the next 3-5 years to fulfill our vision and achieve our mission?
- Operational Excellence
The K-8 Wiseburn School District authorized two independent charter schools, known as the Wiseburn 21st Century Charter Schools, to provide a neighborhood high school option for its residents and other students. In an ideation workshop, students named the schools Da Vinci Schools after Leonardo da Vinci who was accomplished in both the arts and sciences, and who learned by doing. This integrated approach to learning was the vision for Da Vinci Schools.
Da Vinci Science and Da Vinci Design High Schools officially opened their doors on August 18, 2009 in Hawthorne, CA, with 445 students.
Wiseburn voters approved $87 million in local bond Measure AA monies to build a new high school campus.
The Da Vinci Innovation Academy (later renamed Da Vinci Connect) opened its doors on August 25, 2011, offering families a new hybrid approach to K-8 education that combines school-site instruction with home-based learning.
Da Vinci Schools was one of only eight projects in the nation awarded a Wave III Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundations, to start a new high school-college pathway with a real-world, project-based curriculum and an increased focus on computer-based instruction.
Funded in part by the NGLC grant, Da Vinci Communications opened with 64 9th grade students and an optional 5th year of high school providing students the opportunity to complete up to one year of college credit while in high school.
Da Vinci was awarded $52.7 million in state matching funds through the Charter School Facilities Program to complete the new high school campus at 201 N. Douglas Street in El Segundo, in partnership with the Wiseburn Unified School District.
Wiseburn Unified School District, formerly Wiseburn School District, became California’s newest K-12 unified school district on July 1, 2014. The Wiseburn Board continued to partner with the five-year-old Da Vinci Schools to deliver its high school program, rather than going through the arduous and costly process of starting its own high school from scratch.
Da Vinci launched Da Vinci Extension (DVX), a post-secondary pathway leading to college degree completion, in partnership with UCLA Extension. DVX later added two additional higher education partner, Southern New Hampshire University and El Camino College, to provide Da Vinci students with an affordable pathway leading to A.A. or Bachelor’s degree completion at Da Vinci.
Da Vinci Schools and Wiseburn Unified officially broke ground on a new world-class, 21st century high school campus in El Segundo, CA, slated to open in Fall 2017.
RISE High was one of only 10 schools in the nation to win a $10 million XQ ‘Super School’ grant to reimagine high school. Created with the help of 30 founding students, Da Vinci RISE High was created for youth in need of a flexible learning schedule, including students experiencing housing instability, foster youth, and students who are extremely credit deficient.
Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design and Da Vinci Science high schools moved into a four-story, innovative new campus designed by Gensler, located at 201 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA. Each school occupies one floor. Da Vinci Science is housed on the second floor, Da Vinci Communications on the third floor, and Da Vinci Design on the fourth floor. Da Vinci and Wiseburn administrative offices occupy the first floor in an unprecedented district-charter partnership.
RISE High opened a second site in South Los Angeles at A Place Called Home to provide robust educational opportunities and wraparound counseling, tutoring, and diverse extracurricular opportunities for chronically underserved students who have become disconnected from the traditional school system because of circumstances like homelessness and foster-care placement. LEARN MORE >
Da Vinci Innovation Academy officially re-launched as Da Vinci Connect. LEARN MORE >
The LA County Board of Education unanimously approved Da Vinci RISE High as a countywide charter, allowing Da Vinci to provide RISE students with access to a consistent school environment so they may maintain academic progress toward graduation even when they move across district boundaries. The Wiseburn-authorized RISE High closed and RISE High re-opened as a LACOE-authorized charter in September 2018.
Da Vinci Schools became a founding partner of the Transforming Learning Collaborative, in partnership with Next Generation Learning Challenges and Schools That Can, to mentor educators who seek to incubate new schools or redesign existing schools. LEARN MORE >
The Da Vinci Schools Fund launched to serve as the philanthropic (education foundation) of Da Vinci Schools.
Da Vinci Connect TK-8 moved to its new home at the Del Aire Campus, located at 12501 Isis Avenue, Hawthorne, CA.
Da Vinci Connect’s charter petition is modified to serve students in TK-College. Da Vinci Connect High School launched in Fall 2020, combining hybrid learning (on-campus and remote) with early college, social emotional learning, and real world learning.
Da Vinci joins the Alder Graduate School of Education’s SoCal Teacher Residency Program to grow an internal talent pool of teacher candidates for high-need, difficult to fill positions in Math, Science and Special Education.