Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School is a community dedicated to the development of the whole child as a literate, curious, and inventive person, responsible for preserving and creating beauty in cultural and natural environments. LdV fosters this Renaissance child of the arts and sciences model through Integrated Thematic Instruction. Leonardo da Vinci School was established in 1989 as an early kindergarten through 8th grade school site and today there are 886 students enrolled. The student makeup includes one early kindergarten class, four classes at each grade level from kindergarten to third grade, three classes for each grade level from fourth to sixth grade, and 156 middle school students. Students in middle school grades 7 and 8 rotate to six different classes and are taught by teachers who hold single subject credentials and have experience teaching high school. Students are taught through board adopted texts, thematic instruction, and mastery projects (long term, in-depth projects supported by written report and oral presentation). In addition, LdV incorporates the following into thematic units at every grade level: field trips, large end-of-unit projects, research projects, oral presentations, science instruction, social science curriculum that connects to the English Language Arts Program, and math that covers the four common core domains.