Da Vinci Center is a full service, fully licensed, small private school also offering weekend enrichment classes. We serve profoundly and exceptionally gifted children ages 2 to 17.
The bright child asks the questions.
The gifted child questions the answers.
We are delighted to announce our new Gifted Young Child Program serving gifted children ages 2 and up.
Registering now for fall 2014!
Lego Engineering Class
Next Parent Meeting
Sunday, December 8, 2-4 pm
Come join us for a free wine and cheese event. Learn more about the characteristics of gifted children and participate in a non-violent communication demonstration; meet other parents of gifted children, share your story and see if Da Vinci is the right fit for your gifted child.
This event is for parents only.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to learning more about your gifted child.
Monthly Field Trip to Oakland Museum November 22nd
Fall 2013 Update
The fall semester is off to a wonderful start at Da Vinci with students learning various ways to conduct research, self-selecting topics of interest, and culminating in student presentations in December where they will share all they have learned as well as share their creative component.
Students love to use mainpulatives for hands-on learning in Math.
We develop 21st Century technology skills.
At Da Vinci Center kids stay connected to nature and touch something in the natural world every day.
Students engage in many hands-on science experiments and labs.
Ms. Catherine and her students at the San Francisco Zoo to do field research.
Sometimes we get up close and personal with natural elements :) Crab Cove, one of our favorite places, only a short walk away.
Plenty of art projects and all students engage in a creative aspect for their research presentations.
Isn't wonder wonderful.
Da Vinci Center provides opportunities far beyond the norm of traditional schools. We engage in high level scientific experiments, monthly field trips for exploration, discovery and connection to nature, design and build intricate projects, as well as support low income families with gifted children who need a highly specialized environment. Please donate today to help gifted children to succeed and to thrive.
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Letter from President/Founder Catherine Cook, MSEd
Our Wonderful Journey Serving Gifted Children:
Da Vinci Center began in 2009 in my home in Alameda as various members of the gifted community came together to design and create an environment that would truly serve gifted children. Gifted children often have a difficult time integrating into "regular" school environments as they need teachers whom understand the highly unique needs of gifted children; they need high level intellectual stimulation, social-emotional support, individualized hands-on experiential learning, as well as exposure to multi-age gifted peers.
Da Vinci Center continues to evolve in different ways to meet the highly diverse needs of gifted children and their families, and we will are located at 472 Taylor Avenue in beautiful Alameda for both our full time and part time private school programs. We also offer a wide variety of gifted enrichment classes on weekends (our schedule is online), as well as one-on-one teaching, and small group instruction across multiple disciplines.
We hire only highly qualified, caring, credentialed teachers, or specialists who are experts in their fields. All have been fingerprinted and have a track record of success. Instructors offer hands-on learning opportunities with high engagement, fun, and appropriately challenging curricula and activities. Our teachers are attuned and responsive to the social-emotional needs and varying levels of support required for the success of asynchronous gifted children, and non-violent communication and social success are a formalized part of our curricula. There are only five full time children for every one certificated teacher - you will not find a better ratio in the Bay Area to ensure highly individualized programs and student success!
I have over twenty years of experience as a teacher and educational administrator, and I am also the mother of a profoundly gifted eight year old son. I well know that the path of parenting a gifted child is both exhilarating and extremely challenging. Da Vinci is here to help.
Whether you are looking for a full time or part time gifted school, socialization and enrichment classes, the Da Vinci Center team is here to meet the needs of your gifted child. We look forward to serving your family.
We are currently enrolling for our full and part time gifted school in Alameda for fall 2014, including our new Young Child Program for ages 2 to 17. Please contact me to set up a free intake assessment to see if Da Vinci is the right fit for your gifted child.
Catherine Cook, MSEd
Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children
Our resident dog Harry joins us for Story Time.