Strategic Plan

Our Vision

A new generation of students prepared to lead, innovate, and thrive in the modern world.

Our Mission

Da Vinci Schools seeks to improve the quality of life for our students by cultivating a caring culture, building future-ready skills, developing meaningful partnerships, and creating impact in our work to solve complex educational problems.

Culture We cultivate a caring and compassionate culture that is rooted in trust, collaboration, and growth.
Future-Ready Skills We build future-ready skills through learn-by-doing and real-world, workforce skills.
Partnerships We collaborate with thought partners and share best practices beyond the Da Vinci community in our work to connect education and the workforce.
Impact We seek to close the opportunity and skills gaps, particularly for historically disadvantaged students.
Our Aspirational Values

At Da Vinci Schools, we aspire to the following values:

Aspirational Values Definition Examples
People First We put people first in everything we do.
  1. Celebrations at staff and leadership meetings
  2. Overnighter for freshmen
  3. We honor students for who they are and give them opportunities to grow and succeed at all levels
  4. Teacher evaluation process provides several opportunities for self-reflection and voice (personal meetings with admin at the beginning, middle, and end of the year)
  5. Peer observations focus on positive feedback and encouragement
Collaboration Partnership is paramount.
  1. Grade-level team meetings/collaboration
  2. Number of Professional Development days/year
  3. Student group projects
  4. Interdisciplinary projects across subjects
  5. Collaboration with industry partners to identify skills needed for modern workplace, CTE advisory groups, etc.
  6. Collaboration with industry partners on project consults, Project Pitch Panels, etc.
  7. Leadership meetings and inquiry groups
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion We actively acknowledge our responsibility to eliminate systemic bias and exclusion, and engage in anti-racist and anti-ableist actions in the pursuit of educational equity for all students.
  1. Creating spaces in our organization for diverse voices to be heard, especially those of our students
  2. Strive to build responsive programming that meets the needs of all types of students
  3. Continuing to ensure ongoing professional development on implicit bias, diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, reaching every employee of Da Vinci Schools
  4. SPED students integrated as much as possible
  5. Diverse but cohesive student body
  6. Project-based learning and mastery-based grading are focused on reaching all students
Possibility We strive to build a better tomorrow.
  1. Alternative solutions to closing opportunity and skills gaps, including solutions for college cost, debt and completion, along with workforce development
  2. Research & development arm of education, then share through Institute
  3. Instructional models to match student and family needs
  4. Both students and staff get to do work that matters to them (future-oriented = voice & choice to build a better tomorrow)
  5. We instinctively look to solve problems, develop new responsive school models when we see an unmet need (creation of DV Connect, DVX, etc.)
  6. We are creative, flexible, and comfortable with change -- key components in implementing new ideas that lead to a better tomorrow
Critical Success Factors

What is most vital during the next 3-5 years to fulfill our vision and achieve our mission?

People. Because student learning is primary and must be organized, prepared and facilitated by best-in-class faculty and staff.

Culture. Because reimagining education requires innovation, compassion, the signature programs that make us uniquely successful, and diversity, equity, and inclusion for all.

Growth. Because with adequate funds, and a mindset of continuous improvement and adaptability, we are able to serve and prepare more students in this rapidly changing world.

Partnerships. Because industry and higher education partners play a vital role in providing connections to the employment pipeline and in preparing students for college, career, and life.

Operational Excellence. Because building excellent schools and programs requires effective systems that are easy to use and accessible when needed.