Da Vinci RISE High
Kari Croft, Principal
Erin Whalen, Assistant Principal
13500 Aviation Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
2830 S. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90011
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Da Vinci RISE High seeks to create a highly responsive, holistic, and integrated model that meets the unique needs of youth navigating foster care, housing instability, probation, and/or other circumstances that have caused disruptions in their academic journeys. Through the facilitation of a flex-scheduling, credit recovery model, students are given the voice and choice necessary to pursue their academic goals while honoring the additional responsibilities they have in their lives.
Da Vinci RISE High collaborates closely with a network of youth-development agencies, educators, municipalities and social-support centers to break through systemic silos and create a truly student-centered ecosystem.
RISE learning sites are embedded within or near multiple social-service-provider locations in high need areas across Los Angeles to create a citywide campus allowing RISE students to master a real-world, project-based college- and career-ready curriculum in the ways – and in the places – that work best for them. These partnerships give RISE students access to counseling, case management, tutoring, job readiness training, career pathways, internships, extracurricular opportunities, leadership development, and more.
RISE High, incubated at Da Vinci Schools, was 1 of only 10 schools in the nation to win a prestigious ‘Super School’ grant to reimagine high school in connection with XQ: The Super School Project, funded by Laurene Powell Jobs. Da Vinci RISE High is the newest school in the Da Vinci Schools family, opening its doors to families in fall of 2016. There are currently two RISE learning sites: one in Hawthorne, and one in South Central, which operates in partnership with A Place Called Home. RISE serves roughly 100 – 125 students at each site.
Da Vinci RISE High is authorized by the Los Angeles County Board of Education.