Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children

If you are interested in enrollment at Da Vinci for fall 2018, please call Head of School, Catherine Cook at 510-219-9410 to set up an intake interview.  We do still have two openings.  Thank you for your interest in our gifted community!  
(Updated July 13, 2018)

Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children presents our new:
Paleontology Society!
Starting in September and meeting the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Da Vinci, 2050 Lincoln Avenue in Alameda.  For gifted children and adults who are passionate about paleontology.  Please click the Paleontology Society tab at the top of the page for more information and to register.  You will love our growing Paleontology Museum.
Touching early Jurassic Eubrontes tracks from South Hadley, MA

   How big was the Megaladon?                       Studying fossilized whale bone

For information about Da Vinci Center and enrollment options please contact Catherine Cook, Head of School, 510-219-9410 for an intake interview. We welcome gifted children ages 4 and up.

Thank you for your interest in our gifted community.


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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.

Donations: thank you so much for your valuable tax deductible donation to Da Vinci Foundation, a non-profit serving gifted children and their families.

Parents and Community Members:   Click on the "pay now" button below to easily pay for enrichment classes, workshops or other Da Vinci events!


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 who 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 are located at 2050 Lincoln Avenue in the heart of beautiful Alameda for both our full time and part time private school programs.  

We hire only highly qualified, caring, credentialed teachers, or specialists who are experts in their fieldsAll have been fingerprinted, back ground checked 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-five years of experience as a teacher and educational administrator, and I am also the mother of a profoundly gifted thirteen 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, the Da Vinci Center team is here to meet the needs of your gifted child.  We look forward to serving your family.

Catherine Cook, MSEd
Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children
(510) 219-9410

Ms. Catherine and her students studying Astronomy