Da Vinci RISE High
Erin Whalen, Principal/Executive Director
Rebecca Robertson, AP
13634 Cordary Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90250
RISE-A Place Called Home
Edith Funes, AP
2901 S. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90011
6001 Bristol Pkwy #200
Culver City, CA 90230
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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's three 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 opened its doors to families in fall of 2016. There are currently three RISE learning sites: one in Hawthorne; one in South L.A., which operates in partnership with A Place Called Home, and a third site in Culver City in partnership with New Earth. RISE serves roughly 75-95 students at each site.
Da Vinci RISE High is authorized by the Los Angeles County Board of Education.